Failed tobacco tax sees hopes go up in smoke

Nicole Alpert (The Standard, January 25, 2010) Increased consumption of these illegal tobacco products boosts profits for the black market, which are criminal enterprises  Smokers may evade the indoor smoking ban by sneaking puffs, but evading the tobacco tax is more dangerous. The 50 percent tax hike last February increased the cost of a pack of cigarettesContinue reading>

NPC delegate Sit blasts Friedman

A veteran delegate to the National People’s Congress has hit back at a recent editorial by Nobel Prize-winner Milton Friedman, calling the American economist’s opinions on Hong Kong’s laissez-faire policy unwelcome and misguided. Jonathan Cheng – Wednesday, October 11, 2006 A veteran delegate to the National People’s Congress has hitContinue reading>

Tsang `laissez-faire' row grows

Jonathan Cheng –  Friday, September 15, 2006 The apparent abandonment of Hong Kong’s laissez-faire ideology is quickly growing into a crisis of confidence, with one prominent party leader demanding the chief executive fully explain what he meant when he said that “positive nonintervention” was dead – and had been forContinue reading>

After the WTO: The Violent Enemy Within

Andrew Work (October 21, 2005) The recent turmoil at Wai Hong Cleaning and Pest Control is not a government-outsourcing problem. Nor is it an example of exploitation or of outsourcing resulting in underpaid workers. The problem is exploitation by Hong Kong unions that seek to recreate the livelihood-and-economy-destroying laws thatContinue reading>