Politics of Hong Kong

CY Leung lays out problems but lacks substance on solutions

Now that the Chief Executive has shared his views, he will be judged by how well he tackles the problems. Photo: Sam Tsang

Good leaders rule with a vision. They outline the challenges ahead, map out an action plan and get the people to rally behind them.

Thursday, 18 October, 2012, 3:20am

Left-right split in Legco seating plan

As was the case in the previous Legislative Council, the pan-democrats in the new Legco will sit to the left of the president's seat, while the pro-establishment camp will sit on the right (as shown in our illustration, above), when the legislature convenes on October 10.

27 Sep 2012 - 8:59am

Henry Tang backers set to form powerful Legco bloc

Pro-business group Economic Synergy is apparently leading the race to court independent lawmakers to strengthen its clout in the new Legislative Council.

The group may forge an alliance with four other legislators to create a bloc at least seven strong, which would make it the second-biggest political grouping in Legco.

27 Sep 2012 - 3:11am 1 comment

Legislators who break Basic Law pledge should resign

Legislators who break Basic Law pledge should resign

After a fierce and rip-roaring round of campaign battles, the Legislative Council election is now over, and the elected candidates are preparing for their inaugural session next month. The day will of course be mainly taken up with the swearing-in ceremony for the new members.

20 Sep 2012 - 8:34pm 4 comments

Who said it?

Tsang Kin-shing (left)

I believe Chinese all over the world are angry at Japan invading our lands

Hong Kong activist Tsang Kin-shing vows to sail again to the Diaoyu Islands after Japan's government purchased them


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15 Sep 2012 - 3:25am

Starry Lee sidelined DAB veteran Lau Kong-wah for 'super seat'

Veteran politician Lau Kong-wah failed to become a "super seat" lawmaker apparently because his party colleague, Starry Lee Wai-king, took away many of his potential votes in the New Territories, a South China Morning Post analysis of the Legislative Council election showed.

14 Sep 2012 - 3:52am

'Long Hair' laments failed poll strategies

Mistakes in election strategy cost the major pan-democrat parties four directly elected seats, radical legislator and veteran activist "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung said yesterday.

Leung, chairman of the League of Social Democrats (LSD), also apologised to nearly 88,000 voters who cast ballots for the party's four candidates since he was the only one to win a seat.

13 Sep 2012 - 11:46am

Carrie Lam suffers approval dip over national education row: HKU poll

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor's public approval rating declined amid the controversial national education row, the latest University of Hong Kong poll has found.

But Lam is still the most popular minister in Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's administration.

12 Sep 2012 - 2:53am 1 comment

Tearful Carrie Lam says she put reputation on the line

A tear rolls down Chief Secretary Carrie Lam's cheek as she defends tough political choices while on Cable TV. Photo: Cable TV

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor broke down in tears in a televised interview, admitting her credibility has suffered in the new administration.

8 Sep 2012 - 2:44am

HKU tracking poll has pan-democrats winning 15 geographical seats

Protesters outside the Pui Kiu Middle School. Photo: Sam Tsang

An opinion poll has forecast a big victory for the pan-democratic camp in the geographical constituencies in tomorrow's Legislative Council election - but pan- democrats have been warned not to start counting their seats yet.

8 Sep 2012 - 2:44am

'Anti-red' sentiment takes centre stage in Legco election for first time

Lingnan University political scientist Li Pang-kwong

For the first time, "anti-red" sentiment has taken centre stage in the city's politics amid the fight for Legislative Council seats - a battle that has mixed debate with mud-slinging - political observers say.

8 Sep 2012 - 2:44am

Radicalisation, undecided voters and infighting leave Legco race wide open

People Power's Wong Yeung-tat, a radical who has seen his support rise. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hong Kong goes to the polls tomorrow, and some of the city's most senior and best-known politicians could be forgiven a sleepless night as their fate lies in the hands of 3.4 million voters.

8 Sep 2012 - 3:03am

University students add voice to national education protest

A woman who has had her hair shaved to read "resistance" joins the protest outside the government headquarters at Tamar. Photo: David Wong

University student leaders are organising a citywide class boycott on Tuesday to push for national education to be scrapped, taking opposition up a notch.

The battle over the subject has spread from primary schools to the government headquarters in Admiralty, and is now set to reach university campuses.

6 Sep 2012 - 3:40am

60pc of Legco candidates ignore survey seeking stance on HK freedoms

Nearly 60 per cent of Legco candidates - mostly from the pro-establishment camp - have not replied to survey questions about their stance on issues related to press freedom and the free flow of government information.

5 Sep 2012 - 8:28am

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Rising rents force exodus

4 Sep 2012 - 3:26am