20 August 2019
  • Officers haul away documents after a raid on Uber (left photo). Hong Kong taxis operate under a highly regulated government-controlled monopoly system. Photo: HKEJ

    This is the real scandal behind the Uber row

    - Aug 22, 2015 8:01am
    This Uber row is really something and I sense it is about a great deal more than the problems of the taxi service because it exposes the crummy way government-organized monopolies conspire to deprive Hong Kong...
  • Hong Kong's leader CY Leung has accumulated a long list of broken promises. Photos: CNSA, HKEJ

    What’s a CY promise worth?

    - Aug 15, 2015 8:05am
    There used to be two kinds of promise, a promise that contains a pledge which needs to be fulfilled and then there’s a politician’s promise which is little more than a vague statement of intent with...
  • More and more housing estates are being found to have lead-contaminated supplies, but Leung Chun-ying's administration continues to adopt a 'What, me worry?'approach. Photo: HKEJ

    Hypocrisy, evasion, incompetence and indifference

    - Aug 8, 2015 8:06am
    It is hard to think of a more compelling example of the Leung administration’s hypocrisy than the lead-in-water scandal, which is not going to disappear any time soon. Officials have moved from denial to evasion to...
  • University council member Arthur Li (left photo) reacts to students demanding academic freedom. Lo Chung-mau's attempt at heroism (right) becomes an embarrassment.. Photos: HKEJ

    Who’s attacking whom at Hong Kong University?

    - Aug 1, 2015 8:04am
    Despite the smoke screens and the background noise, let’s be very clear about one thing: what’s happening at Hong Kong University is a frontal attack on an institution that in many ways embodies the freedoms and...
  • Leung Chun-ying may be at the heart of all the problems confronting his administration. Photo: HKEJ

    CY’s black hole

    - Jul 25, 2015 8:07am
    There is a black hole at the heart of Leung Chun-ying’s administration, and its location can be precisely pinpointed to his office housed at that austere building in Tamar. No one knows exactly what goes into...
  • Residents in Kwai Luen Estate take water from taps on the ground floor after water samples in their flats failed lead tests. Photo: HKEJ

    How to pass the buck in four easy steps

    - Jul 18, 2015 8:06am
    The lead poisoning scandal in public housing estates inadvertently confirms a number of things we already knew about the way this government operates. First, every time a scandal like this comes to light, the government’s priority...
  • (From left) Antony Leung, John Tsang and Regina Ip are among the names making the rounds as potential candidates for chief executive in 2017. Photo: HKEJ

    Who will be Hong Kong’s next chief executive?

    - Jul 11, 2015 8:03am
    Connoisseurs of the maneuverings among Hong Kong’s elite have spent the past weeks trying to gauge who will be the city’s next chief executive. All pretense that this decision will be made by the 1,200-strong Election...
  • (From left) Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions honorary chairman Cheng Yiu-tong, Legco President Jasper Tsang and former Legco member Ho Sai-chu will receive this year's top Bauhinia honors. Photo: HKEJ

    Hot tips for getting a Bauhinia award

    - Jul 4, 2015 8:10am
    If, by some chance, you were not included in this year’s Bauhinia honors list, here are some tips for anyone aspiring to win the top awards: 1. Join a pro-government party, preferably the DAB, whose members...
  • Prior to the WhatsApp scandal, Jasper Tsang had a good record of presiding impartially over Legco. Photo: HKEJ

    Jasper, Jasper – what have you done?

    - Jun 27, 2015 8:02am
    Hong Kong politics seems to specialize in making things worse, especially when it comes to matters of personal integrity. This generalization has now been validated by Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, the president of the Legislative Council, who...
  • Lau Wong-fat (seated, left) joins fellow pro-establishment lawmakers as they try to explain why they were absent from the historic vote in Legco. Photo: HKEJ

    The big boss at the center of the cock-up

    - Jun 20, 2015 8:02am
    Far too little has been said about the man at the center of the extraordinary cock-up made by pro-government legislators Thursday when they attempted to delay voting on the electoral reform bill to enable Lau Wong-fat...
  • The motives of Chan Yuen-han (left) in helping Siu Yau-wai have been questioned. Photo: HKEJ

    No one emerges well out of abandoned boy’s saga

    - Jun 13, 2015 8:01am
    The only thing really clear about the story of Siu Yau-wai, 12, the boy who was abandoned by his parents in Shenzhen and stayed illegally in Hong Kong with his grandmother, is that no one comes out...
  • Andrew Fung, the information coordinator for the Office of the Chief Executive, did not say why he sees his remit as being to defend the rich and powerful. Photo: HKEJ

    A spokesman for the rich and powerful

    - May 29, 2015 6:57pm
    The good news, if you like this kind of good news, is that Hong Kong’s rich and powerful have found a new spokesman. The bad, or should I say, worrisome news is that he is Andrew...

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