Taking a leaf from "Occupy Wall Street", academics bent on holding Beijing's feet to the fire are organising an "Occupy Central" movement to pressure the central government to succumb to their demands for "true" democracy. Yet Hong Kong's version of "deliberation days" follows the American model in name only.Sunday, 9 June, 2013, 2:40am 5 comments
Pictures showing the usually stiff and expressionless President Hu Jintao making simple gestures of compassion while visiting his home area last week have won praise among a mainland public increasingly tired of entitled official behaviour.31 Dec 2012 - 5:37am
There appears to be nothing wrong with a government trying to improve the way it sells its policies to its citizens. But recent steps taken by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's team have raised many eyebrows.22 Nov 2012 - 3:18am 1 comment
Does China pick better leaders than the US? Well, probably - but that's missing the point. During this period of leadership transition for two of the world's most powerful nations, the London-based Intelligence Squared organised a debate in Hong Kong on the motion, "China picks better leaders than the West".5 Nov 2012 - 2:32am
On October 19, 1812, the French army under Napoleon began its momentous retreat from Moscow, which was to spawn the famous orchestral work by Tchaikovsky.7 Jun 2013 - 11:50am 1 comment
The government stalled release of details of the public consultation on national education in schools because of privacy concerns. The eventual release of about 500 submissions to the Post revealed that contrary to official insistence that the subject had widespread support, public opinion was divided.8 Oct 2012 - 2:32am 1 comment
People believe what they want to believe. In the face of evidence to the contrary, they usually harden their stance.21 Sep 2012 - 2:40am 1 comment
Voters were more co-operative with exit pollsters in this month's Legislative Council election than they were in 2008, generating largely accurate results, a leading pollster said.20 Sep 2012 - 3:32am
"They that approve a private opinion, call it opinion; but they that dislike it, heresy; and yet heresy signifies no more than private opinion." So wrote Thomas Hobbes, in Leviathan.
Here's another quote, from Walter Lippmann, the US journalist: "Where all think alike, no one thinks very much."12 Sep 2012 - 2:12am 12 comments
Hong Kong-based journalists drew on their own experience of education on the mainland yesterday to warn that national education lessons will become a form of brainwashing if implemented in the city's schools.27 Aug 2012 - 9:12pm
The government is standing firm on the introduction of national education in primary school classrooms in September, despite a storm of controversy.
Top officials yesterday lined up to back the plan, with Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor saying withdrawing the subject just two months before it is due to be taught for the first time would disappoint many.27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
The city's level of anger has risen, according to the latest opinion poll conducted by the University of Hong Kong, fuelled by events such as the government's controversial proposal to scrap by-elections for the Legislative Council.12 Jul 2011 - 12:00am
The change in the way the government proposes to fill midterm vacancies in the Legislative Council without by-elections has swayed some people's opinions but still doesn't take account of the public's views, a pollster says.1 Jul 2011 - 12:00am
Opinion polls have become part of our daily life. Often we answer the phone only to find we are being asked to give our views on certain topics by an automated machine or a pollster. The questions may touch on a wide range of subjects, ranging from one's satisfaction with the government's performance to personal habits. Some of the findings are eventually published in the media.9 May 2011 - 12:00am
The government has admitted asking the public if finance chief John Tsang Chun-wah should quit over this year's budget fiasco - and said it was not the first time it had polled people on the performance of top officials.
But in a move that has drawn fire from lawmakers, it has refused to disclose the polls, saying to do so would hurt its ability to run future polls.5 May 2011 - 12:00am