Voting muscle

Sweden joined the European Union last year, along with Finland and Austria, following a 52 per cent referendum vote in favour of joining.

Thursday, 6 June, 1996, 12:00am

Referendum ruled out

PRIME Minister John Major ruled out last night a referendum on closer integration with Europe in the near future, saying he was ''sceptical'' about their use.

11 May 1994 - 12:00am

Anger against legal system cuts both ways

WE have recently been witnessing an uncomfortably large number of occasions when attempts have been made to influence the judicial processes of Asian countries.

Most of these criticisms are levelled by people who think that some jail sentences passed on defendants in those Asian countries, are far too severe for the offences they are charged with committing.

13 Apr 1994 - 12:00am

No easy way out this time

EMILY Lau's column ''Put it to the people'' (South China Morning Post, November 15) is as readable as her contributions invariably are.

However, I take issue with her on having a referendum to find the right way forward.

23 Nov 1993 - 12:00am

Liberals urge vote on talks

FIFTY-eight liberal groups, including the United Democrats, yesterday urged Governor Chris Patten to let Hong Kong people hold a referendum to decide if they would accept the results of the Sino-British talks. The group also demanded full democracy as soon as possible and urged the Government not to make any concessions on Mr Patten's proposals.

29 Aug 1993 - 12:00am


THE current democracy talks are obviously leading nowhere fast.

As the democracy talks are about legislation which may benefit the populace why not hold a referendum on the matter? Do this before the procrastination damages the economy further.

9 Jul 1993 - 12:00am

Put it to the vote

TSE YING's article (Sunday Morning Post, February 14) accuses the United Democrats of Hongkong of campaigning for an independent Hongkong through the promotion of a referendum on democratic political reforms.

He might have been better to leave the commentary at that, since the justification for the accusation is riddled with contradictions.

21 Feb 1993 - 12:00am

Motion for Patten plan referendum

THE United Democrats are to raise a motion in the Legislative Council calling for a public referendum on Governor Mr Chris Patten's political proposals.

The motion, to be raised by the UDHK's Mr Setzo Wah on April 21, will call on the Government to hold a referendum on provisions for the three-tier elections before the bills are tabled in Legco.

7 Feb 1993 - 12:00am

Patten referendum by the back door

IT IS not often the 21 Legislative Councillors who represent functional constituencies win plaudits for aiding the cause of widening democracy in Hongkong. But some of them, for reasons perhaps not too far removed from ensuring their survival in these politically uncertain times, are doing just that.

17 Jan 1993 - 12:00am