COUNTDOWN TO 2016: Storm Clouds Gathering

Posted:  Dec. 12, 2013   A universal suffrage election for the next Chief Executive election in 2017 is the big prize.  But Hong Kong’s political reform project is actually a two-part affair,  as the just-issued Consultation Document indicates (Dec. 6 post).  ...

COUNTDOWN TO 2017

Posted:  Dec. 6, 2013   As everyone knows by now,  Hong Kong has been promised its first one-person, one-vote universal suffrage election in 2017, when the current Chief Executive’s term expires.   Local democrats … fearful of more run-arounds after 30 years of...

TIDINGS FROM BEIJING

Posted:  Nov. 27, 2013   Game over?   Not necessarily, say some … but maybe,  if last week’s message from Beijing is taken too literally.  The message was delivered in person by Li Fei  [ 李飛  ] who heads the Basic Law Committee, which is part of the National...

PROSPERITY FOR ALL … Minus 1.3 Million

Posted:  Nov. 18, 2013   Review:   Poverty in the Midst of  Affluence: How Hong Kong Mismanaged Its  Prosperity,   by Leo F. Goodstadt,  Hong Kong University Press, 2013.   After years of argument and agitation, and one year into his new administration, Hong...

CASTING OUT DEMONS

Posted:  Oct. 24, 2013   Legislative Council president and pro-Beijing loyalist Jasper Tsang Yok-sing  [曾鈺成 ] recently found himself in an unfamiliar situation.  He was the target of a critical commentary in the pro-Beijing Wen Wei Po [文匯報] newspaper.   At issue...