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Policy Address: Housing & education. Rule of law in Legal Year 2015 (16 Jan 2015)


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It’s not only the Chief Executive’s popularity that’s constantly slipping in the polls, it’s also the level of satisfaction with his Policy Address. This is his third and indeed the longest since the handover, but only 30% of participants in one poll thought that quantity equaled quality. In part two of today’s show, we’re looking at Mr Leung’s plans to strengthen students’ affection for the motherland, and the difference between rule of law and rule by law. But first, housing and high property prices. Is there really any plan to improve the situation? This year’s Policy Address is increasing love for the Motherland, if not the ruling party. Measures he announced include renewing the content of the Chinese History and World History curriculum, increased subsidies for mainland exchange programmes, and the introduction of a pilot “sister schools” scheme with mainland schools.  How frustrating it can be for a government when courts insist on rule OF law instead of rule BY law. While the Chief Executive stressed adherence to the law in his Address this week, speeches at the opening of the Legal Year on Monday suggested that HIS version of what law should be may not be quite how judges and practicing lawyers see things.  2015-01-09 On Wednesday Chief Secretary Carrie Lam announced the second part of the consultationn proposed political reforms, that the democrats have already vowed to veto. What chance is there that the consultation exercise is going to be another way of telling Beijing exactly what it wants to hear? With us in the studio are Basic Law Committee member Albert Chen and legislator Ronny Tong to talk about the blank vote proposal. The reckoning has begun. The more than two month occupation of some of Hong Kong’s thoroughfares ended in December. Now the police are proceeding with prosecutions of those they believe to be largely responsible for the protests. They are said to have a list of nearly 1,500 people subject to investigation. Some thirty received notification this week. Among those facing prosecution are students, some of whom are legally minors

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Friday, January 16, 2015
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