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Radicals willing to force election

League of Social Democrats' hopefuls say that if elected to the Legislative Council they will resign mid-term if the government presses ahead with national security legislation or an undemocratic package for universal suffrage.

Tuesday, 24 July, 2012, 12:00am

Dear C.Y., setbacks can be a blessing

Dear Chief Executive. You don't know me, but ever since you ran as a candidate in the small-circle election, I have been watching your every move to see whether you are not running around in circles, small or otherwise.

With all humility, I write this open letter to you in the spirit of your own manifesto: Hong Kong people should be of one heart and have one vision.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Chief executive must learn from predecessor's mistakes

If Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying makes the same kind of mistakes as his predecessor, then his administration will quickly find itself bogged down in a morass of recriminations and ineffectiveness.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Calm head

It's hard not to feel bad - at some level - for the chief executive. There's been a lot of recent talk about the 'hot kitchen' the new leadership has found itself in. But look around, it's a 'hot kitchen' for the rest of the general population too.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

C.Y.'s aide figures out how to help election bid

A former aide of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying is back in the political arena, but this time as a voluntary adviser to a pan-democrat candidate for the accounting sector in the Legislative Council election.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Artistic impressions

Artist Chow Chun-fai has finally thrown down the gauntlet (and his paint brushes) by announcing his candidacy for the Sports, Performing Arts, Culture and Publication Functional Constituency seat in Legco this September.

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Expect messy election but with unexpected outcomes

Predicting the outcome of elections is a mug's game unless you live in North Korea or China, or focus exclusively on the certainties of the rotten borough functional constituencies in Hong Kong's own bizarre system. However, one prediction can confidently be made about the upcoming Legislative Council poll - it will be the most messy to date and yield some unexpected outcomes.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing urges support for Leung

The state leader in charge of Hong Kong affairs has told the city's Beijing loyalists not to attack the new government for the sake of 'scoring political points' in the Legislative Council election.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Leung has been freezing us out, Democrats say

Democratic Party lawmakers yesterday accused Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying of keeping them in the dark about his policy plans and said his actions undercut his pledge to be politically inclusive.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Lau left Exco post 'to handle kuk row'

Heung Yee Kuk chairman Lau Wong-fat said yesterday that he had declined an offer to stay as an Executive Council member under Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying so he could focus on handling conflicts over unauthorised structures in the New Territories.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Paul Chan in mix for development post

The administration has discussed the vacant position of development chief with lawmaker Paul Chan Mo-po - already tipped as a candidate for deputy financial secretary.

'If the government invites me [to be secretary for development], I will proactively consider it and I am willing to take it up,' the accountancy sector legislator said on a Commercial Radio programme yesterday.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Dutch-born councillor kicks off Legco campaign

Civic Party member Paul Zimmerman has begun his campaign as an independent candidate in September's legislative elections, which the party fears may hurt the chances of other members.

A copy of an e-mail from Zimmerman, obtained by the South China Morning Post and dated on Wednesday, shows that the Dutch-born Southern District councillor has begun asking for nominations.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Lawmakers must rebuild confidence

Politicians do not always enjoy strong public support. But increasingly, our lawmakers' performance has been winning ever more criticism than praise. Unruly behaviour, delaying tactics, a backlog of unfinished business - all these raise the question whether Hong Kong can be governed effectively.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Chief secretary should structure her political support more carefully

The new government, led by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, has attracted some of the most vehement objections and controversies since taking office half a month ago, plunging it into a credibility crisis.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Zimmerman may split Civic Party vote

Dutch-born district councillor Paul Zimmerman may quit the Civic Party to run in the Hong Kong Island constituency - a move that could hurt the chances of his party colleagues winning two seats in the constituency, as they had hoped.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am