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Varieties of Democracy

If democracy is dead in Hong Kong, blame no one but the democrats

Once upon a time, in a city of seven million people, some activists, who called themselves democrats, kidnapped Democracy. She was dying a slow death.

Friday, 15 June, 2012, 12:00am

Noise cancellation

Democracy and free speech go hand in hand but there has to be a limit. Declaiming 'Democracy now!' from the steps of Legco at lunchtime can only make the meal more enjoyable for the plutocrats - imagine how happy Hong Kong's property tycoons must be as they tuck into filet mignon and watch the police put up barricades, just in case protesters get rowdy.

27 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Close battle predicted

At last the starting gun has been fired for a British election. Citizens will go to the polls on May 6 to choose a new prime minister or give the current one, Labour party leader Gordon Brown, a vote of confidence. The Conservatives' leader David Cameron is very popular, however, and it looks like the elections will be very close.

9 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

'Our differences have narrowed'

The government has conceded that differences between it and moderate pan-democrats over the pace of democratisation have narrowed.

'The distance between us has become smaller,' Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Stephen Lam Sui-lung said yesterday as a three-month consultation on electoral reform in 2012 ended.

20 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Democracy forsaken on dissidents' power trip

For the past two years, our dissidents have been preparing for a showdown on constitutional development. Watching their infighting and listening to their rhetoric, it is now clear that this has nothing to do with democracy and universal suffrage; it's about power.

13 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

The rich and powerful exploit so-called democratic systems

I am afraid that Stephen Chan ('Skewed view of democracy', July 14) and Reuben Tuck ('Tyranny ends when leaders are accountable', July 15) express hopes but not facts in present-day democracies, mostly implanted by former colonials. Everyone votes, we are told, tyranny is abolished and rulers automatically become accountable.

21 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Beijing loyalist defends democracy time frame remarks

Veteran Beijing loyalist Cheng Yiu-tong yesterday defended his statement on Saturday that universal suffrage in 2012 was 'impossible', insisting there was no conflict in expressing his personal views despite being an executive councillor.

29 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Zen joins march after 'restraining' himself for 10 years

For some people, 10 years might not seem a long wait as far as the introduction of universal suffrage is concerned, but for Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun it is long enough to make him protest on the streets.

2 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Seeking pure democracy

Seeking pure democracy

Graham Warburton's own definition of democracy ('Definition of democracy', April 2) - 'political power exercised [by the people] directly or given to elected representatives' - implies there are forms of democracy besides governance through elected representatives.

5 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Benevolent despotism is no vote winner

THERE I WAS, sitting on my balcony on Sunday afternoon, working on bits and bobs, when out of the ether from RTHK radio news came the following gem:

6 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Ideological dream

To some politicians and members of the media, the word 'democracy' means simply 'universal suffrage', as if one-person-one-vote will solve every problem.

10 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Drawbacks of democracy

In 'Everybody deserves democracy' (September 5), Chris Patten argues that democracy should have no cultural boundaries.

While he says that democracy should not be imposed by force, he agrees to the use of 'external pressure'. Economic incentives provided by the west are the catalyst in the democratisation process.

13 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

Detecting slight whiff of hypocrisy

It is so sad that a great progressive like Elsie Tu chooses to line up with anti-democrats and revisionists in her letter headlined 'Whole world deceived by 'democracy and rule of law' myth' (South China Morning Post, July 5).

11 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

A naive approach to democracy

MAY I congratulate Ms Margaret Ng on her article ''An unacceptable face of elections'' (Post, January 12) which I consider to be a masterly exercise in the skill of obfuscation. It must have taken considerable creative ingenuity to write the article but in the process she, unfortunately, projects a rather naive understanding of the concept of democracy.

19 Jan 1993 - 12:00am