Date
23 October 2017
  • The pro-establishment camp sees the role of the legislature as being that of facilitator to the government, not a watchdog. Photo: Bloomberg

    Plans for a pussycat

    - Oct 20, 2017 6:00pm
    How do you turn a toothless tiger into a pussycat? This is the question gleefully being answered by the Lam administration and its ever-obedient friends in the pro-government camp. They know that they have a relatively...
  • Ann Chiang wrote on Facebook that the Las Vegas tragedy is the 'price of too much freedom'. Photo: RTHK

    Idiot of the Month: And the winner is…

    - Oct 6, 2017 11:46am
    The hotly contested title of Hong Kong’s Idiot of the Month has been won by Ann Chiang of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong who is never shy in contending for...
  • The targeting of HKU professor and Occupy campaign co-founder Benny Tai is seen as part of a much wider attack on Hong Kong's civil society. Photo: Bloomberg

    Hong Kong’s Red Guards taste blood

    - Sep 22, 2017 6:08pm
    Should Hong Kong’s re-born Red Guards have their way and succeed in getting Benny Tai thrown out of the University of Hong Kong, does anyone seriously think they will stop there? Of course not, as the...
  • Hong Kong authorities have been accused of treating vocational training centers as second-class institutions when it comes to supply of resources, compared to universities. Photo: HK Govt

    Education in Hong Kong: A tale of snobbery and ignorance

    - Sep 8, 2017 6:00pm
    Educational snobbery and ignorance are a terrible combination and one that is quite prevalent in Hong Kong. To absolutely no one’s surprise the tycoon-run Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre has recently produced a survey showing that an...
  • A file picture shows delegates standing for the Chinese national anthem in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People ahead of a key conclave. The history of the anthem is drenched in politics. Photo: Bloomberg

    What Carrie Lam does not know about the national anthem

    - Sep 1, 2017 6:00pm
    Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s top leader, has urged the public “not to politicize” proposals for the introduction of legislation on use of the Chinese national anthem, The March of the Volunteers. Mrs Lam either has a...
  • A demonstrator covers his head with cardboard jail bars during a rally in Hong Kong on Aug. 20 after a local court ordered jail terms for Occupy student leaders Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow. Photo: Reuters

    Have the judges been nobbled?

    - Aug 25, 2017 6:00pm
    Has the Hong Kong judiciary succumbed to political control? This question has been brought into sharp focus in the wake of the Appeal Court’s imposition of heavier sentences on democracy protestors. However the question of whether...
  • If Howard Lam's story is a lie, why did he produce such a lurid tale when there was a high possibility of the truth being uncovered? Photo: Reuters

    Worrying questions surround the Howard Lam saga

    - Aug 18, 2017 6:00pm
    Democratic Party member Howard Lam’s claims of having been abducted and tortured by mainland officials appear shakier by the day but subsequent police action and his arrest for misleading the police also raise a great number...
  • Palm stearin clumps lie on a Lantau Island beach after washing ashore following an oil spill in the Pearl River estuary. China failed to provide Hong Kong a timely alert about the marine ecological disaster. Photo: CNSA

    One country – one threat to health and safety

    - Aug 11, 2017 6:00pm
    If anyone still has the slightest doubt as to how the “one country, two systems” is operating nowadays don’t bother looking at the big examples, such as the proposal to hand the new West Kowloon rail...
  • The most controversial of Carrie Lam’s appointments has been that of Choi Yuk-lin (above) as the number two in the education department. Photo: LinePost

    Carrie’s appointees are actually worse than CY’s

    - Aug 4, 2017 6:00pm
    The farce that rejoices in the name of the political responsibility system has yet again demonstrated that it’s a dismal failure. Chief Executive Carrie Lam has just announced a slew of undersecretary and political advisor appointments,...
  • The co-location arrangement means that other parts of the territory could similarly be 'given away' if pragmatic considerations required this to happen. Photo: constructionpost.com

    The law is not a matter of convenience

    - Jul 28, 2017 6:00pm
    What do tyrants and other enemies of liberty do when they come across a law that threatens to stop them getting their way? First, they start bleating over “unnecessary legal obstacles”. Then they emphasise the convenience...
  • It is estimated that around a third of Hong Kong people receive unsolicited marketing calls on a daily basis. Authorities are accused of not doing enough to combat the nuisance. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why the government won’t act on junk calls

    - Jul 21, 2017 6:00pm
    How many junk calls do you receive each day? On good days I get just one but often a great many more. It is estimated that around a third of Hongkongers are bothered by these calls;...
  • Pro-democracy activists mourn Liu Xiaobo's death outside Beijing's Liaison Office in Hong Kong; inset: Carl von Ossietzky. Photo: Reuters/Wikipedia

    Liu Xiaobo – a grim historical comparison

    - Jul 14, 2017 6:02pm
    In a Berlin road that bears his name stands a statue of Carl von Ossietzky, who died in 1938. Before the tragic death of Liu Xiaobo he was the only Nobel Peace Prize laureate to have...
  • Hong Kong’s new leader Carrie Lam attends a Question and Answer session at the Legislative Council on July 5. Photo: Reuters

    A good first week but what about the other 259 to come?

    - Jul 7, 2017 6:00pm
    Carrie Lam has got off to a good start in her first week in office as Chief Executive, but then again all her predecessors, even including the deeply unpopular Leung Chun-ying, assumed office with favorable poll...
  • Hong Kong's Food and Environmental Hygiene Department officers have often been accused of going too far in enforcing what they see as their mandate. Photo: HKEJ

    This FEHD lunacy must stop right now

    - Jun 23, 2017 6:13pm
    Enough is enough, action needs to be taken right now to rein in the clipboard-wielding Food and Environmental Hygiene Department officials who spend vast amounts of taxpayers’ money terrorizing senior citizens trying to earn a pittance,...
  • It is lamentably likely that the erosion of the HKSAR government’s autonomy will reach a new low under Carrie Lam. Photo: HKEJ

    What’s the point of elections?

    - Jun 16, 2017 6:00pm
    Dramatic election upsets have been occurring all over the place, most recently in Britain where an overconfident prime minister called a snap election in the hope of humiliating the opposition but ended up being humiliated herself....
  • China's ruling Communist Party has a great interest in getting Hong Kong's education system to serve its interests. Photos: Bloomberg, GovHK

    Why is the education bureau coy about talks in Beijing?

    - Jun 2, 2017 6:00pm
    The Secretary for Education Eddie Ng has, yet again, been to Beijing, this time with a posse of local university chiefs who have signed up for alliance with mainland universities in the Chinese capital. At least...
  • Wrong side: (From left) Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen and legislators Priscilla Leung and Junius Ho are opposing a court ruling that would enhance the rights of LGBT people. Photos: Reuters, HKEJ

    Standing on the side of bigotry

    - May 26, 2017 6:01pm
    The Hong Kong government has, not for the first time, chosen to stand on the wrong side of history by trying to overturn a rather modest court ruling that would enhance the rights of lesbian, gay,...
  • Holden Chow finally agreed to step down from the Legco committee investigating the UGL affair, but insisted he had done nothing wrong. Photo: HKEJ

    Is he Idiot of the Year or merely Idiot of the Week?

    - May 19, 2017 6:00pm
    There really is only one real question: Is legislator Holden Chow Ho-ding Idiot of the Week or Idiot of the Year? Mr. Chow is clearly an ambitious fellow and has worked out that the best way...
  • Zhang Dejiang (inset) felt it safe enough to visit the Macau legislature, something he would not do in Hong Kong, during his recent visit to the enclave. Photos: CNSA, Xinhua

    Why oh why can’t Hong Kong be more like Macau?

    - May 12, 2017 6:00pm
    If only it were so, we could have what is basically a one-industry economy. We could become a key center for criminal gangs that thrive on the edges of the gambling business. We could boost the...
  • With Carrie Lam just weeks away from being installed chief executive, the usual suspects are buzzing about a 'middle way'. Photo: Reuters

    Hong Kong’s ‘useful idiots’ prepare for Carrie

    - May 5, 2017 4:30pm
    It is now a matter of no more than weeks before the new administration of Carrie Lam will be installed and, yet again, the usual suspects are buzzing around expressing their hopes for the new chief...

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