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Stephen Vines

Rise of GM’s Mary Barra a wake-up call for macho industries

Mary Barra (right) is the first woman to head a major carmaker. Photo: Reuters

It is hard to exaggerate the significance of Mary Barra’s appointment as chief executive of General Motors, becoming the first woman to head a major automotive corporation.

Tuesday, 17 December, 2013, 11:54am

Opinion: Food Gurus by Stephen Vines

Auguste Escoffier (above) brought classic French cuisine into the 20th century; Catherine de Medici helped introduce Renaissance Florentine food to the French court.

Best known, perhaps, as a journalist, Stephen Vines also manages a small chain of canteens, coffee shops and bars; is a director of The Pan Handler kitchen equipment shop in Prince's Building; and is an enthusiastic and capable cook.

8 Nov 2012 - 9:50am

You can't pull the political wool over Hongkongers' eyes

One great idea for losing money is to bet on the stupidity of the Hong Kong people. Every time frustration over government stupidity provokes despair, it can be dispelled by knowing that the people have an astounding collective record for being right on the big issues.

23 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Long way to accountability from a suite in Brazil

Let's be honest about this - spending other folk's money is far more fun than spending your own. However, when it comes to spending public money, those responsible tend to solemnly declare that they exercise the greatest prudence and stick closely to the rules.

28 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Election Committee waits for orders that may never come

Anyone who has spent time with small children will know that they can be unruly and downright naughty, yet they really want someone in authority to tell them what to do. In the absence of this authority, they will misbehave mercilessly.

17 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Underground world of wealth and impunity revealed

Decent people know they have to clear up their own mess. They also know that only the lowest of the low will blame members of their own family for messes for which they are responsible. Yet the man who aspires to lead Hong Kong seems quite oblivious of this commonly accepted form of decency.

18 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Why has election watchdog been snoozing as others act?

Not only have Mr Justice Barnabas Fung Wah and his colleagues at the Electoral Affairs Commission been found sleeping on the job, but it is also proving astonishingly difficult to rouse them from their slumber.

10 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Reality of Hong Kong's invisible poor brought to life

Chan Siu-ming has one of Hong Kong's least glamorous jobs; he's a social worker dealing with poor people. What makes him rather special is that he has found a way of bringing home the reality of his job to those who find it hard to imagine what it's like to be poor in Hong Kong.

26 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Tsang wasted his chance to leave office with a bang

Anyone searching for a perfect example of how not to be an effective leader would have seized on the performance of Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, Hong Kong's chief executive, when he made his last policy address this week.

15 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Tang, the unwitting champion of democracy in Hong Kong?

The very best thing that can happen for the development of democracy in Hong Kong would be the so-called 'election' of Henry Tang Ying-yen as chief executive, made even more exquisite by the rumoured appointment of Stephen Lam Sui-lung as his No 2 in the government leadership.

1 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

One bite, two dogs, three court dates and several red faces

Woof Woof has finally been vindicated after an almost year-long, tortuous journey through the labyrinth of Hong Kong's mind-boggling bureaucracy.

17 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Classes apart in treatment

The Hong Kong government may well be able to achieve something that the local clandestine Communist Party never managed, despite sporadic attempts to stir up the masses. The party's attempts to stoke class warfare were largely ignored by the hard-working people of Hong Kong.

23 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Consultation seeks more concrete ideas

Any lingering doubts about the government's commitment to the development of the arts and the suitability of Henry Tang Ying-yen to head the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority can now safely be laid to one side.

23 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Hong Kong turns bad taste into an art form

Excuse the bluntness of this remark, but why do buildings in Hong Kong have to be quite so ugly? Our property prices are among the highest in the world, yet look at what all this money buys - vast skyscrapers clad in lavatory-style tiles. And what is it that passes for classy? In a word: marble, great slabs of it stuck all over the place, with very little regard to any kind of aesthetic sense.

29 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Government's grape expectations lack body

The thin line between optimism and mendacity has been tested again by official claims that the abolition of duty on wine will create 'thousands of jobs'.

14 Mar 2008 - 12:00am