Cliff Buddle

A journalist for more than 30 years, Cliff Buddle began his career as a court reporter in London and moved to Hong Kong in 1994 to join the Post. Specialising in court reporting and legal affairs, he has held a variety of editorial positions, including deputy editor and acting editor-in-chief.
Cliff Buddle
A journalist for more than 30 years, Cliff Buddle began his career as a court reporter in London and moved to Hong Kong in 1994 to join the Post. Specialising in court reporting and legal affairs, he has held a variety of editorial positions, including deputy editor and acting editor-in-chief.

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Opinion | Can Beijing let Hong Kong be Hong Kong and allow the city the room it needs to breathe?

The extradition controversy is a symptom of a deeper problem: the chief executive is seen as Beijing-friendly and Hong Kong’s political system, too business-friendly. To ensure stability, our core values, separate system and way of life must be respected.

28 Jun 2019 - 6:30AM

The extradition controversy is a symptom of a deeper problem: the chief executive is seen as Beijing-friendly and Hong Kong’s political system, too business-friendly. To ensure stability, our core values, separate system and way of life must be respected.

Can Beijing let Hong Kong be Hong Kong and allow the city the room it needs to breathe?
Opinion | Carrie Lam may win the battle to pass Hong Kong’s extradition law. But at what cost?

Though not a democracy, Hong Kong is ruled by consultation and consensus. Pushing through the extradition bill against all opposition will upset this understanding and alter the balance of the ‘one country, two systems’ arrangement.

7 Jun 2019 - 7:00AM

Though not a democracy, Hong Kong is ruled by consultation and consensus. Pushing through the extradition bill against all opposition will upset this understanding and alter the balance of the ‘one country, two systems’ arrangement.

Carrie Lam may win the battle to pass Hong Kong’s extradition law. But at what cost?
Opinion | The Occupy leaders have been jailed, but questions about democracy for Hong Kong won’t fade away

Beyond the debate on whether the sentences for eight leaders of the pro-democracy protests of 2014 were just, Hong Kong will still have to grapple with questions about the limits of free expression, the role of civil disobedience, and the prospects for democracy here.

26 Apr 2019 - 6:00AM

Beyond the debate on whether the sentences for eight leaders of the pro-democracy protests of 2014 were just, Hong Kong will still have to grapple with questions about the limits of free expression, the role of civil disobedience, and the prospects for democracy here.

The Occupy leaders have been jailed, but questions about democracy for Hong Kong won’t fade away
Opinion | How Hong Kong’s extradition bill falls short of the deal we need with mainland China

Talks began more than 20 years ago between Hong Kong and Beijing on a rendition agreement. Why did nothing come of it, and why is the government opting for a case-by-case approach that fails to address Hongkongers’ demand for fair trial safeguards?

6 Apr 2019 - 9:31AM

Talks began more than 20 years ago between Hong Kong and Beijing on a rendition agreement. Why did nothing come of it, and why is the government opting for a case-by-case approach that fails to address Hongkongers’ demand for fair trial safeguards?

How Hong Kong’s extradition bill falls short of the deal we need with mainland China
Out of touch, not fit for purpose: Hong Kong judiciary savaged ... by a former top judge and lawyer

Henry Litton writes that his former colleagues’ decisions are baffling for ordinary people, and that judges are inefficient and pander to lawyers. He asks if they will be ready for 2047, when 50 years of no change under Chinese rule run out.

20 Feb 2019 - 8:22PM

Henry Litton writes that his former colleagues’ decisions are baffling for ordinary people, and that judges are inefficient and pander to lawyers. He asks if they will be ready for 2047, when 50 years of no change under Chinese rule run out.

Out of touch, not fit for purpose: Hong Kong judiciary savaged ... by a former top judge and lawyer
Opinion | We’re living in a Hong Kong shaped by a landmark 1999 ruling

The Court of Final Appeal has been accused of first going too far in asserting its independence and then surrendering too much ground. The 1999 incident also opened the door to Beijing’s interpretations of the Basic Law.

29 Jan 2019 - 7:04AM

The Court of Final Appeal has been accused of first going too far in asserting its independence and then surrendering too much ground. The 1999 incident also opened the door to Beijing’s interpretations of the Basic Law.

We’re living in a Hong Kong shaped by a landmark 1999 ruling
Opinion | Hong Kong’s Basic Law may be a child of China’s constitution, but it has come of age

The precise relationship between China’s constitution and Hong Kong’s de facto constitution can be debated in academic circles, but let’s not forget that the Basic Law exists to protect the Hong Kong system.

10 Dec 2018 - 7:00AM

The precise relationship between China’s constitution and Hong Kong’s de facto constitution can be debated in academic circles, but let’s not forget that the Basic Law exists to protect the Hong Kong system.

Hong Kong’s Basic Law may be a child of China’s constitution, but it has come of age
Opinion | Save Discovery Bay! Residents fear their expat haven is turning into a Chinese tourist trap

First the Marina is closed, then a new shopping mall appears - could the golf carts be next? Middle-class allure of suburb-by-the-sea tainted by uncertain future

29 Nov 2018 - 5:47PM

First the Marina is closed, then a new shopping mall appears - could the golf carts be next? Middle-class allure of suburb-by-the-sea tainted by uncertain future

Save Discovery Bay! Residents fear their expat haven is turning into a Chinese tourist trap
Opinion | ‘Lenient’ Hong Kong court sentences come with a warning: patience for violent protests has run out

Two court decisions this year which freed young protesters have been criticised as too light, but both rulings clearly warn that, in future, demonstrations that end in violence will be dealt with sternly.

10 Oct 2018 - 8:25AM

Two court decisions this year which freed young protesters have been criticised as too light, but both rulings clearly warn that, in future, demonstrations that end in violence will be dealt with sternly.

‘Lenient’ Hong Kong court sentences come with a warning: patience for violent protests has run out
Opinion | Hong Kong courts must open up about their work, and this means joining social media

Judges have been attacked for recent rulings, but scant attention is given to the reasoning behind judgments. To educate the public, the judiciary can consider a bold move Britain has made – allowing filming in courts.

22 Sep 2018 - 8:47PM

Judges have been attacked for recent rulings, but scant attention is given to the reasoning behind judgments. To educate the public, the judiciary can consider a bold move Britain has made – allowing filming in courts.

Hong Kong courts must open up about their work, and this means joining social media
Asian Angle | Dependent visa case gives Hong Kong’s gay community reason to hope

The future’s looking bright in the fight against discrimination – a victory in the city’s top court by a lesbian couple who took on the Immigration Department will have far-reaching implications

20 Sep 2018 - 11:29AM

The future’s looking bright in the fight against discrimination – a victory in the city’s top court by a lesbian couple who took on the Immigration Department will have far-reaching implications

Dependent visa case gives Hong Kong’s gay community reason to hope
Opinion | LGBT rights in Hong Kong should be protected, and the government should not seek to block progress

The court ruling against spousal benefits for a gay couple is a setback for Hong Kong’s progress in protecting minority rights, and the government should be ashamed of its role in it.

5 Jun 2018 - 9:02PM

The court ruling against spousal benefits for a gay couple is a setback for Hong Kong’s progress in protecting minority rights, and the government should be ashamed of its role in it.

LGBT rights in Hong Kong should be protected, and the government should not seek to block progress
Incest, necrophilia and other sexual offence laws in Hong Kong need updating to ensure justice is not delayed

Now that the Law Reform Commission has made its recommendations on sexual offences, the Legislative Council must act quickly.

27 May 2018 - 9:40PM

Now that the Law Reform Commission has made its recommendations on sexual offences, the Legislative Council must act quickly.

Incest, necrophilia and other sexual offence laws in Hong Kong need updating to ensure justice is not delayed
Opinion | Hong Kong must remain a beacon of freedom of expression as China, and the region, cracks down on critics 

Unlike in mainland China, freedom of expression under Hong Kong’s ‘one country, two systems’ arrangement can only be restricted in extreme cases in the public interest.

25 Apr 2018 - 6:45PM

Unlike in mainland China, freedom of expression under Hong Kong’s ‘one country, two systems’ arrangement can only be restricted in extreme cases in the public interest.

Hong Kong must remain a beacon of freedom of expression as China, and the region, cracks down on critics 
Quick Take | In Hong Kong, lawyers get heard when they are silent on politics

The surprise election of human rights lawyer Philip Dykes as Bar Association Chairman has raised fears that what has long been a strong, independent and credible voice could be adopting a more confrontational, political stance.

27 Jan 2018 - 2:05PM

The surprise election of human rights lawyer Philip Dykes as Bar Association Chairman has raised fears that what has long been a strong, independent and credible voice could be adopting a more confrontational, political stance.

In Hong Kong, lawyers get heard when they are silent on politics
Britain looks to forge closer ties to Hong Kong amid EU exit with biggest innovation festival

Consul general in city Andrew Heyn touts ‘remarkably similar’ aims of two economies concerning innovation, technology, research and development

22 Jan 2018 - 9:14AM

Consul general in city Andrew Heyn touts ‘remarkably similar’ aims of two economies concerning innovation, technology, research and development

Britain looks to forge closer ties to Hong Kong amid EU exit with biggest innovation festival
Britain will continue to speak up on Hong Kong and any pressures ‘one, country, two systems’ comes under, consul general vows

Andrew Heyn says British government has an obligation to review the affairs of its former colony

22 Jan 2018 - 8:00AM

Andrew Heyn says British government has an obligation to review the affairs of its former colony

Britain will continue to speak up on Hong Kong and any pressures ‘one, country, two systems’ comes under, consul general vows
Opinion | Stretching the Basic Law to fit Hong Kong’s high-speed rail plan puts ‘one country, two systems’ at risk

There is no clear justification under the Basic Law for the wholesale application of mainland laws in a part of Hong Kong. Attempts to get around the city’s legal framework will have far-reaching consequences.

17 Jan 2018 - 6:58PM

There is no clear justification under the Basic Law for the wholesale application of mainland laws in a part of Hong Kong. Attempts to get around the city’s legal framework will have far-reaching consequences.

Stretching the Basic Law to fit Hong Kong’s high-speed rail plan puts ‘one country, two systems’ at risk
Why criticising Hong Kong’s foreign judges for not understanding the city is ridiculous
Why Hong Kong’s judges may be set for yet another stormy year in 2018

After a year of controversies over high-profile rulings, 2018 will be even more challenging for the Hong Kong judiciary, with final appeals and new politically sensitive cases up for hearing.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

After a year of controversies over high-profile rulings, 2018 will be even more challenging for the Hong Kong judiciary, with final appeals and new politically sensitive cases up for hearing.

Why Hong Kong’s judges may be set for yet another stormy year in 2018
Would Hong Kong be better off without the jury system?
OPINION: new Now TV set-top box? Don’t get too excited

The offer was too good to pass up, but the trouble that came with it leaves one ‘premium customer’ disgruntled and disillusioned

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The offer was too good to pass up, but the trouble that came with it leaves one ‘premium customer’ disgruntled and disillusioned

OPINION: new Now TV set-top box? Don’t get too excited
Why applying the national anthem law retroactively would undermine Hong Kong’s rule of law

Any such move is prohibited by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which applies to the city through the Basic Law

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Any such move is prohibited by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which applies to the city through the Basic Law

Why applying the national anthem law retroactively would undermine Hong Kong’s rule of law
Opinion | Can Beijing’s power to interpret Hong Kong’s Basic Law ever be questioned?

In light of the Court of Final Appeal’s recent refusal to allow two lawmakers disqualified for improper oath-taking to even make their case before the top court, it is worth revisiting its judgment of 1999.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

In light of the Court of Final Appeal’s recent refusal to allow two lawmakers disqualified for improper oath-taking to even make their case before the top court, it is worth revisiting its judgment of 1999.

Can Beijing’s power to interpret Hong Kong’s Basic Law ever be questioned?
‘One country, two systems’ demands that Hong Kong discuss the independence question
Does respect for China’s national anthem have to be mandated by law in Hong Kong?

The proposal to criminalise derogatory treatment of the national anthem, while intended to protect it, would nevertheless curb freedom of expression

10 Jan 2019 - 2:44PM

The proposal to criminalise derogatory treatment of the national anthem, while intended to protect it, would nevertheless curb freedom of expression

Does respect for China’s national anthem have to be mandated by law in Hong Kong?
Is Hong Kong’s rule of law really under threat?
If Hong Kong’s port area is ‘in mainland China’, are the Peak Tram and Discovery Bay next?
Hong Kong’s first chief executive Tung Chee-hwa takes a trip down memory lane

Two decades after Hong Kong’s return to Chinese sovereignty, the former shipping tycoon relives some watershed moments, from the handover to his time in the US and the year his company almost went bankrupt

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Two decades after Hong Kong’s return to Chinese sovereignty, the former shipping tycoon relives some watershed moments, from the handover to his time in the US and the year his company almost went bankrupt

Hong Kong’s first chief executive Tung Chee-hwa takes a trip down memory lane
Rule of law in Hong Kong needs independent-minded judiciary to survive