27 April 2018
  • 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:

    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...
  • Only 12 of the trucks chosen to take part in the scheme have actually got off the ground. Photo: HKEJ

    Food trucks: A bureaucrat’s dream that’s failed

    - Apr 21, 2017 6:30pm
    It comes as absolutely no surprise to learn that the government’s absurd food trucks scheme is unraveling just two months after its less than stellar launch. Its demise was predicted by myself and others before the...
  • The death and injury toll on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is the most public face of Hong Kong’s unusually high level of industrial accidents compared with other jurisdictions. Photo: Xinhua

    How many more people have to die for the sake of a bridge?

    - Apr 14, 2017 6:30pm
    Hong Kong construction workers are calling it the “bridge of death” and refusing to work there but the chief bureaucrat who is supposed to be ensuring workers’ safety is busy turning away from the problem and...
  • Souvenirs for the 20th anniversary of the handover. An elderly man (inset) picks up carton boxes on the street. The handover anniversary is many things to many people. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook/HKSAR20

    Spending and brown-nosing – the perfect combination

    - Apr 7, 2017 6:30pm
    The government is planning to spend about HK$690 millon on celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. This includes a mind-blowing allocation of HK$50 million for providing hospitality for state leaders (who will...
  • Carrie Lam denied prior knowledge of the arrests of democracy activists following her election but said these were justified. Photo: HKEJ

    After the ‘election’ – what next?

    - Mar 31, 2017 6:30pm
    “Give Carrie a chance”, wail the usual suspects. Why, the poor woman has not even set foot in office and her critics are sharpening their knives, my-oh-my it’s so unfair. Except that it isn’t. The wailers...
  • Carrie Lam has failed to win the hearts and minds of Hong Kong people, but Beijing does not seem to care. Photo: Reuters

    Why it had to be Carrie

    - Mar 24, 2017 7:11pm
    Just in case anyone has forgotten the reason why the public is excluded from participating in the so-called Chief Executive election it is worth remembering, as the grey men have remembered, the outcome of the last...
  • At the results announcement, Cathay Pacific chairman John Slosar emphasized how difficult things are and spoke of the need for economies.
Photo: Bloomberg

    Has Cathay Pacific lost its mojo?

    - Mar 17, 2017 4:14pm
    What on earth is going on at Cathay Pacific Airways? Once a much loved iconic Hong Kong company, it is now facing criticism from a growing number of its customers and is shrouded in a feeling...
  • CY Leung should learn to accept the fact that people holding high positions must be ready for high degree of scrutiny and criticism. Photo: CNSA

    Memo to CY Leung: Get over it

    - Mar 10, 2017 6:30pm
    Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying is upset as he feels people are saying unkind things about him, things which may not even be correct. Most politicians understand that the burden of criticism is something that comes with...
  • Carrie Lam will "win" this election but it will be a hollow victory and she can forget about claiming that she has won the people’s mandate. Photo: HKEJ

    Why Carrie Lam can only look forward to a pyrrhic victory

    - Mar 3, 2017 6:30pm
    It seems that the democrats have finally learned something about tactics, with the result that they managed to have an impact on the alleged chief executive election that has impressively undermined this rigged process. There are,...

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