Republicans face existential crisis as 30-year conservative agenda approaches its end

Republican Party has fallen increasingly under the influence of radical ideologues.

We are not having a debt crisis.

It's important to make this point, because I keep seeing articles about the "fiscal cliff" that do, in fact, describe it - often in the headline - as a debt crisis. But it isn't. The US government is having no trouble borrowing to cover its deficit.

Sunday, 16 December, 2012, 3:35am

Leung Chun-ying faces uphill task building trust with pan-democrats

The Civic Party's leader Alan Leong Kah-kit (centre) talks to other pan-democrat colleagues. Photo: David Wong

When the Legislative Council convenes on October 10, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, besides finding a more fragmented legislature, is also likely to face an uphill challenge - to regain the trust of the pan-democratic camp and rebuild their working relationship.

27 Sep 2012 - 10:02am

Rise of radicalism in Hong Kong

Raymond Chan (centre) of People Power celebrates victory in New Territories East. Photo: Edward Wong

The turnout for Sunday's Legislative Council election was much bigger than in 2008, but the big-picture outcome was almost identical. The pan-democrats won 27 of 70 seats, versus 23 of 60 seats in 2008. With more than a third of the seats, they keep their veto of major constitutional changes.

13 Sep 2012 - 6:52am 4 comments

Legco election creates stumbling block for Leung

Democrat James To Kun-sun (waving above) won the most votes - 316,468 - in the "super seat" race, to the surprise of many. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying faces fresh challenges after Sunday's Legislative Council election produced a more fragmented legislature and signalled the continued rise of radicals in the pan-democratic camp.

A divided Legco will make it more difficult for Leung to pursue his agenda on such controversial issues as national education, standard working hours and electoral reform.

11 Sep 2012 - 4:17pm