SMALL-CIRCLE CAMPAIGNS, BIG-CIRCLE IMPLICATIONS

  Posted:  March 21, 2012   For the first time ever, politics among the power-brokers here is fun to watch, probably because lots more people are getting into the act than the small circle of 1,200 electors who will vote on March 25.  This is thanks not only...

END OF THE ROAD FOR THE ELECTION COMMITTEE?

  Posted:  March 1, 2012   During the past 20 years, local democracy activists have used every argument they could think of to make the case for “genuine” universal suffrage elections.  In response, people liked to joke that Beijing would never allow...

FREE POLITICAL EXPRESSION … But Toward What End?

  Posted:  Feb. 6, 2012   In the lull between elections, Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing opinion-page writers gave their favorite Civic Party target a rest and launched a new campaign focusing on two academics.   Robert Chung Ting-yiu (Zhong Tingyao 鍾庭耀) has headed...

A CHIEF EXECUTIVE ELECTION: The Preliminaries

  Posted:  Jan. 4, 2012   With the November District Councils election now an unhappy memory for Hong Kong democrats, attention has re-focused on the next (decidedly un-democratic) phase of its long drawn out 2011/12 election cycle.   Here there are no jokes...