December 15, 2005

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Doing the democracy maths

Hong Kong's democrats are set on vetoing the limited constitutional reforms proposed by Donald Tsang. However political scientist Michael DeGolyer explains why the democrats may be shooting themselves in the foot. Absolutely read the whole thing - it explains how the changes could potentially remove the pro-Government veto in Legco, and force the DAB and trade unions to move from letting business do the government's dirty work to having to do it themselves.

Hong Kong has a strange kind of democracy - here parties campaign on essentially one major issue, which is whether they are pro and anti-government. In most other places, parties campaign to form the government, based on a platform of what they intend to do.

posted by Simon on 12.15.05 at 08:59 AM in the Hong Kong democracy/politics category.


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A strange democracy indeed. I find it mind-boggling that people actually vote for candidates that are basically saying to voters: "You're not smart or responsible enough to be voting in really important elections."

posted by: HK Dave on 12.15.05 at 10:43 AM [permalink]


it is not a strange democracy. because it is not a democracy. democracy has its govt elected.


the pro-dem camp have their own fault. people like martin lee were hated by many. i used to vote for him but no longer do so.
pro-dem lacks good leadership or competent people.

posted by: sunbin on 12.15.05 at 11:46 AM [permalink]

Sun Bin, you're right. Part of the democrats problem is they don't stand for anything, just what they're against.

posted by: Simon on 12.15.05 at 11:49 AM [permalink]

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