Online 'election' would send same message without the risk

If the pan-democrats want to hold a de facto referendum, why don't they organise their own de facto election online and/or on paper, rather than resigning?

Tuesday, 22 December, 2009, 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

Budget veto threat by pan-democrats

Pressure is mounting for the government to beef up the budget, with pan-democrats threatening to veto it if additional relief measures are not introduced.

3 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Schools' cellphone ban sends the wrong message, parents say

New York

Last year, New York City's education department decided to ban cellphones from public schools. With the full backing of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the department declared that phones were disruptive during school time - being used for everything from texting friends in class to arranging gang fights and cheating on tests.

31 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

China, Russia must allay fears over warming ties

China's burgeoning relationship with Russia is based on economic, energy and military considerations, but there is also a geopolitical dimension that is troubling for some nations, the US among them. Beijing needs to take this into consideration when furthering its co-operation so as not to cause undue tensions.

26 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Call to beef up UN Security Council

The UN Security Council should be expanded to make it as representative as possible, Bill Clinton has suggested.

The former American president backed calls by Japan, India, Germany and Brazil for permanent membership of the world body's key peace and security organisation.

16 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Should Japan be granted veto power in the UN?

Pulcheria Chung, 18 St Mary's Canossian College

The system in which certain countries have veto power in the UN is full of flaws.

It is unfair that some countries dominate the decision-making process of the world's most important organisation. It makes agreement on critical issues difficult and this could lead to tragic consequences for the whole world.

11 Oct 2004 - 12:00am


Some argue that the United Nations has been made redundant now that the US has gone to war without its blessing.

But wouldn't that institution have lost far more credibility if the US had succeeded in bullying and bribing its members to condone an attack on Iraq against their better judgement?

24 Mar 2003 - 12:00am


In yesterday's report on Vice-Premier Qian Qichen's interview with the South China Morning Post, it was incorrectly stated that the central Government has no veto power over any change in the method of election of the Chief Executive. In fact, any changes to the way the Chief Executive is elected have to be approved by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress.

27 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

Unions gain veto on management decisions

Changes to the mainland's labour laws have given union representatives in foreign-invested enterprises (FIEs) an effective veto over management decisions, a Hong Kong lawyer warned yesterday.

26 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

Pearl bid to quash veto delayed until next year

A legal bid by Pearl Oriental to quash the stock exchange's power of veto will not be heard in court until next year.

Pearl's attempt to launch a securities division was blackballed by the exchange council in May - making it the only company in the history of the stock exchange to be refused membership.

15 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

Line-item veto power gives chop to the pork

What do an Asia-Pacific security studies centre in Hawaii, an air simulation centre in New Mexico and a washing plant for military vehicles in California have in common? Apart from the fact they are all connected with the United States military, the correct answer is that they are not going to happen.

9 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Time for UN change

After three years of negotiations, the United Nations is looking at new proposals to reform its Security Council. The proposals would add five new permanent members - probably Japan, Germany and one member each from Asia, Africa and Latin America, plus four new non-permanent seats.

23 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Democrats renew veto warning

The Democratic Party yesterday renewed its threat to vote against the Budget if the Government failed to increase monthly social security payments for the elderly by $300.

Legislator Law Chi-kwong said his party had told Financial Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen its views.

18 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Legco warned over abuse of bill powers

Legislators' 'abuse of power' with private member's bills in the past session might make it more difficult to introduce such laws after the handover, according to Acting Chief Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen.

18 Jul 1996 - 12:00am