Cliff Buddle

Hong Kong

Cliff Buddle

Special Projects Editor

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. He is a regular columnist.

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My Take | Small-house policy has become a right to print money

The scheme is open to abuse with many recipients no longer living in their New Territories village. Perhaps future beneficiaries should be required to live in the small houses they build.

16 Jan 2021 - 10:22PM

The scheme is open to abuse with many recipients no longer living in their New Territories village. Perhaps future beneficiaries should be required to live in the small houses they build.

Small-house policy has become a right to print money
My Take | Geoffrey Ma’s timely reminder on the rule of law

The farewell speech by the departing chief justice stressed that no one is above the law, even the government. Hopefully, his words resonated with those in power.

9 Jan 2021 - 10:55PM

The farewell speech by the departing chief justice stressed that no one is above the law, even the government. Hopefully, his words resonated with those in power.

Geoffrey Ma’s timely reminder on the rule of law
My Take | Queen’s Pier belongs in Central and should return there

The battle to save the pier in 2007 showed its importance to the people of Hong Kong. Now the promise to reassemble it not far from its historic home should be kept.

2 Jan 2021 - 11:14PM

The battle to save the pier in 2007 showed its importance to the people of Hong Kong. Now the promise to reassemble it not far from its historic home should be kept.

Queen’s Pier belongs in Central and should return there
My Take | Goodbye to 2020 and hopefully Covid-19

This has been a tough year for Hong Kong and the world but, with the promised vaccines, we can look ahead to 2021 longing that life may return to normal.

30 Dec 2020 - 10:19PM

This has been a tough year for Hong Kong and the world but, with the promised vaccines, we can look ahead to 2021 longing that life may return to normal.

Goodbye to 2020 and hopefully Covid-19
My Take | Carrie Lam should lift the ban on masks at public gatherings

The law upheld by the Court of the Final Appeal belongs to a different time. The protests have stopped and Covid-19 means that people should be encouraged to wear masks rather than take them off.

26 Dec 2020 - 10:14PM

The law upheld by the Court of the Final Appeal belongs to a different time. The protests have stopped and Covid-19 means that people should be encouraged to wear masks rather than take them off.

Carrie Lam should lift the ban on masks at public gatherings
My Take | A Christmas wish for goodwill and caring

So this is Christmas and what have you done? Not a lot, I expect. Celebrations will be subdued this year as the world struggles to curb the Covid-19 pandemic.

24 Dec 2020 - 12:21AM

So this is Christmas and what have you done? Not a lot, I expect. Celebrations will be subdued this year as the world struggles to curb the Covid-19 pandemic.

A Christmas wish for goodwill and caring
My Take | The new Bauhinia Party deserves to be given a chance

It would be easy to dismiss the party as a front for Beijing. Yet some of the comments made by one of its founders reflect the views of many and are refreshing to hear

19 Dec 2020 - 11:10PM

It would be easy to dismiss the party as a front for Beijing. Yet some of the comments made by one of its founders reflect the views of many and are refreshing to hear

The new Bauhinia Party deserves to be given a chance
My Take | Attempts to politicise the judiciary must stop

Hong Kong’s courts need to be left alone to get on with the job of deciding cases freely, fairly and in accordance with the law

16 Dec 2020 - 10:27PM

Hong Kong’s courts need to be left alone to get on with the job of deciding cases freely, fairly and in accordance with the law

Attempts to politicise the judiciary must stop
My Take | Let’s keep the (socially-distanced) Christmas spirit alive

A surge in Covid-19 cases has cast a cloud over the festive season and led to greater restrictions. Yet we still need something to lift the gloom at the end of a miserable year

12 Dec 2020 - 10:43PM

A surge in Covid-19 cases has cast a cloud over the festive season and led to greater restrictions. Yet we still need something to lift the gloom at the end of a miserable year

Let’s keep the (socially-distanced) Christmas spirit alive
My Take | Long Hair’s win a significant step against discrimination

Activist Leung Kwok-hung’s six-year legal fight against the haircut rule for male prisoners is a victory for the principle of equal treatment that benefits us all

5 Dec 2020 - 10:54PM

Activist Leung Kwok-hung’s six-year legal fight against the haircut rule for male prisoners is a victory for the principle of equal treatment that benefits us all

Long Hair’s win a significant step against discrimination
My Take | Students face arduous trip to return home to Hong Kong for Christmas

The government must ensure they can visit in a way that protects public health and their own well-being. There is a need for clarity, compassion and common sense.

28 Nov 2020 - 10:31PM

The government must ensure they can visit in a way that protects public health and their own well-being. There is a need for clarity, compassion and common sense.

Students face arduous trip to return home to Hong Kong for Christmas
Opinion | Court ruling on Hong Kong police complaints system highlights judicial independence

Hong Kong’s judiciary should not be afraid of reform to modernise the courts, but any attempt to erode judicial independence or reduce judicial power would be devastating.

26 Nov 2020 - 8:30AM

Hong Kong’s judiciary should not be afraid of reform to modernise the courts, but any attempt to erode judicial independence or reduce judicial power would be devastating.

Court ruling on Hong Kong police complaints system highlights judicial independence
My Take | How to rekindle that love affair with Hong Kong after Covid-19

While the government will want to bring back the tourists, it must first win over residents by revealing how it will narrow the divisions and restore the city’s reputation.

21 Nov 2020 - 10:10PM

While the government will want to bring back the tourists, it must first win over residents by revealing how it will narrow the divisions and restore the city’s reputation.

How to rekindle that love affair with Hong Kong after Covid-19
Opinion | Loss of an opposition in Hong Kong’s Legislative Council is a tragedy for the city

Whether you blame the democrats for quitting or the government for putting them in that position, the vacuum in Legco discredits the Basic Law. It can only be hoped that the democrats will return when elections are held next year.

18 Nov 2020 - 5:00AM

Whether you blame the democrats for quitting or the government for putting them in that position, the vacuum in Legco discredits the Basic Law. It can only be hoped that the democrats will return when elections are held next year.

Loss of an opposition in Hong Kong’s Legislative Council is a tragedy for the city
Even with the travel bubble, it may be best to stay home
Wearing a red poppy should be seen as symbol of hope
Opinion | How will Hong Kong’s judiciary handle the security law? The first case offers hope

It is encouraging that the judges emphasised the importance of protecting rights and the application of common law principles, which should help ensure the legal system maintains its core principles amid pressure from both sides of the political divide.

25 Sep 2020 - 9:15AM

It is encouraging that the judges emphasised the importance of protecting rights and the application of common law principles, which should help ensure the legal system maintains its core principles amid pressure from both sides of the political divide.

How will Hong Kong’s judiciary handle the security law? The first case offers hope
Opinion | Spending your summer holiday at home in Hong Kong? Count your blessings

We might be yearning to get away from hot and sweaty, Covid-19-restricted Hong Kong, but sit tight and be thankful. The pandemic is not over yet.

8 Sep 2020 - 9:15AM

We might be yearning to get away from hot and sweaty, Covid-19-restricted Hong Kong, but sit tight and be thankful. The pandemic is not over yet.

Spending your summer holiday at home in Hong Kong? Count your blessings
Opinion | National security law: more questions than answers on Hong Kong’s freedoms and rule of law

Much needs to be done to ensure the national security law is clearly understood and implemented in a way that limits its impact on Hong Kong’s freedoms. Some will welcome Beijing’s move if it restores order, but even if achieved, this will come at a price.

3 Jul 2020 - 6:47AM

Much needs to be done to ensure the national security law is clearly understood and implemented in a way that limits its impact on Hong Kong’s freedoms. Some will welcome Beijing’s move if it restores order, but even if achieved, this will come at a price.

National security law: more questions than answers on Hong Kong’s freedoms and rule of law
Opinion | What will the national security law give Hong Kong, and what will it take?

The way Beijing is rushing through the law – with little transparency – casts a sombre mood over the city’s handover anniversary. The most worrying features concern the court system – it appears Beijing does not entirely trust the city’s judges.

25 Jun 2020 - 6:30AM

The way Beijing is rushing through the law – with little transparency – casts a sombre mood over the city’s handover anniversary. The most worrying features concern the court system – it appears Beijing does not entirely trust the city’s judges.

What will the national security law give Hong Kong, and what will it take?
Opinion | June 4 vigil is Hong Kong’s canary in a coal mine. Will it survive Beijing’s national security law?

Hong Kong’s response to the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown was seen as subversive and prompted Beijing to adopt a more hardline approach to the drafting of the Basic Law. Those effects are still being felt today.

4 Jun 2020 - 7:30AM

Hong Kong’s response to the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown was seen as subversive and prompted Beijing to adopt a more hardline approach to the drafting of the Basic Law. Those effects are still being felt today.

June 4 vigil is Hong Kong’s canary in a coal mine. Will it survive Beijing’s national security law?
Opinion | Can we trust that Beijing’s security law will target Hong Kong’s violent minority only?

Though details are forthcoming, China’s national security laws are expressed in broad terms and have been used to target critics and suppress dissent.

27 May 2020 - 10:08AM

Though details are forthcoming, China’s national security laws are expressed in broad terms and have been used to target critics and suppress dissent.

Can we trust that Beijing’s security law will target Hong Kong’s violent minority only?
Opinion | Hong Kong’s Basic Law may be conflicting and confusing – but it’s still the best system for relations with China

For all its flaws, the Basic Law protects Hong Kong’s separate system and can continue to do so beyond 2047, provided work begins now to resolve some of the deep-rooted contradictions. This cannot happen without basic trust.

10 Apr 2020 - 7:15AM

For all its flaws, the Basic Law protects Hong Kong’s separate system and can continue to do so beyond 2047, provided work begins now to resolve some of the deep-rooted contradictions. This cannot happen without basic trust.

Hong Kong’s Basic Law may be conflicting and confusing – but it’s still the best system for relations with China
Opinion | China’s top legislative body’s comments on the power of Hong Kong courts strike at the heart of ‘one country, two systems’

By calling into question Hong Kong courts’ power to declare laws unconstitutional if they breach the Basic Law, Beijing threatens the city’s legal system and the local judiciary’s ability to protect human rights.

21 Nov 2019 - 9:00AM

By calling into question Hong Kong courts’ power to declare laws unconstitutional if they breach the Basic Law, Beijing threatens the city’s legal system and the local judiciary’s ability to protect human rights.

China’s top legislative body’s comments on the power of Hong Kong courts strike at the heart of ‘one country, two systems’
Opinion | By tightening its grip on Hong Kong, Beijing would only be repeating past mistakes that have led to today’s protests

At times of crisis in Hong Kong, Beijing tends to tighten its grip on the city. This happened after previous mass protests in 2003 and 2014, but has only led to further public frustration, opposition – and the current movement.

8 Nov 2019 - 6:15AM

At times of crisis in Hong Kong, Beijing tends to tighten its grip on the city. This happened after previous mass protests in 2003 and 2014, but has only led to further public frustration, opposition – and the current movement.

By tightening its grip on Hong Kong, Beijing would only be repeating past mistakes that have led to today’s protests
Opinion | Carrie Lam’s mask ban is an ineffective stick for violent protesters. Where’s the carrot for moderate protesters?

The use of a colonial-era emergency law has raised tensions at a time when Hong Kong needs to calm down. In invoking the draconian law from 1922, the Hong Kong government should draw the right lesson from history.

11 Oct 2019 - 6:35PM

The use of a colonial-era emergency law has raised tensions at a time when Hong Kong needs to calm down. In invoking the draconian law from 1922, the Hong Kong government should draw the right lesson from history.

Carrie Lam’s mask ban is an ineffective stick for violent protesters. Where’s the carrot for moderate protesters?
Opinion | Hong Kong must leave judges out of the protest politics and safeguard the independence of its judiciary

As more arrests are made amid the continuing unrest and criticism of judges’ decisions begin to roll in, Hong Kong should be reminded of the need to respect the judicial process. A repeat of the pressure that judges have had to bear working through the Occupy cases would undermine confidence in the courts.

17 Sep 2019 - 9:30AM

As more arrests are made amid the continuing unrest and criticism of judges’ decisions begin to roll in, Hong Kong should be reminded of the need to respect the judicial process. A repeat of the pressure that judges have had to bear working through the Occupy cases would undermine confidence in the courts.

Hong Kong must leave judges out of the protest politics and safeguard the independence of its judiciary
Opinion | At long last, Carrie Lam has heeded one call from Hong Kong protesters: it’s not much, but it’s a start

After three months of sometimes violent protests, the government has relented on the extradition bill. But, for the city to truly move on, it must end the silence on alleged police abuses, put universal suffrage back on the agenda, and examine why young people are angry with Beijing.

6 Sep 2019 - 6:30AM

After three months of sometimes violent protests, the government has relented on the extradition bill. But, for the city to truly move on, it must end the silence on alleged police abuses, put universal suffrage back on the agenda, and examine why young people are angry with Beijing.

At long last, Carrie Lam has heeded one call from Hong Kong protesters: it’s not much, but it’s a start
Opinion | Hong Kong’s not dead – yet. But Carrie Lam and her cabinet must act

If Hong Kong is to survive this ordeal, the protesters must avoid provocative acts that make crackdowns more likely. The SAR government is most responsible for the escalation, though, through its misguided bill and recent inaction.

26 Jul 2019 - 3:18PM

If Hong Kong is to survive this ordeal, the protesters must avoid provocative acts that make crackdowns more likely. The SAR government is most responsible for the escalation, though, through its misguided bill and recent inaction.

Hong Kong’s not dead – yet. But Carrie Lam and her cabinet must act
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?