POLITICAL VETTING FOR A HONG KONG ELECTION

  Posted:  Aug. 3, 2016   The powers that be, in Beijing, have done their best to circumscribe elections here. It began long ago with all the constraints written into post-colonial Hong Kong’s Basic Law constitution. Beijing has remained on guard ever since,...

LOYALTY OATH

Posted:  July 22, 2016   The authorities here are in a real bind. They should be used to it by now, having spent the last 20 years tiptoeing back and forth between the Western-style promises Beijing originally made to Hong Kong and Beijing’s constant demands for...

BEIJING PUSHES BACK: A Referendum on 8.31?

Posted:  July 11, 2016   Anyone following Hong Kong’s political reform saga might well have concluded that the 2014/15 controversy about electing the city’s Chief Executive by universal suffrage was over and done with. At the very least, Beijing’s restrictive...

NEW CANDIDATES, OLD TEMPTATIONS

Posted:  June 27, 2016   So great an impact has the younger generation had on political thinking since the 2014 Umbrella-Occupy protest movement that “young” has become the watchword for everyone ahead of Hong Kong’s September 4 Legislative Council election. Even...

NEW IDEAS, NEW NAMES, OLD TEMPTATIONS

  Posted:  June 17, 2016   Summertime might mean escape from Hong Kong’s heat and humidity for some … but not this year and especially not for Hong Kong’s new political generation. The Legislative Council election is coming up September 4, and...