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Public Opinion

Occupy Central provocations won't help to build a consensus

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

Praise for President Hu Jintao's 'common touch' in visit to hometown

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

Policy unit needs to do more with less

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

In China or US, government must hear the people

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

Poor gauge of public mood to blame for national education retreat

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

In the absence of universal suffrage, public consultations play a vital role

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

C.Y. Leung must serve two masters

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 'more co-operative' with exit polls, says HKU's Robert Chung

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

The echo chamber that is public opinion

"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

HK-based journalists from mainland label national education 'brainwashing'

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