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Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Election

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  By J Kwong Despite three candidates, the election outcome is unlikely to be a surprise.  In the wake of ever greater societal and political discontent, Hong Kong will select its new Chief Executive, on the 26th of March. The official head of government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Of the three candidates running the in election, Carrie Lam, the former Chief Secretary, is seen as the favourite to…

America First, Democracy Second?

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By Zikai Chua “Enemies of the people” was the phrase US President Donald Trump used to describe media outlets which publish what he labels “fake news”. The 45th President of the United States has faced intense scrutiny, often accompanied by harsh criticisms, of his each and every move during his short stint as President of the United States, and rightly so. In hindsight, perhaps the exclusion of news agencies (including…

Liberal Democracy and the Problem of the Demos

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Separatist Sentiment on the Rise in Hong Kong

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By Philip Apfel  Walk around the ever-bustling streets of Hong Kong these days, and pedestrians are likely to be furnishing umbrellas only when it is actually raining. Apart from the occasional lonely protester holding up a sign on a busy street corner, things seem “normal”, if not calm. One could almost be forgiven for assuming that the Umbrella movement, a series of protests that saw thousands of frustrated local citizens…

A Country of Contrasts

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By Martyn Wong. Over 155 years ago, Charles Dickens penned the famous introduction to ‘A Tale of Two Cities’: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the…

Give SU Democracy a Chance

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by Katie Flynn, Democracy Committee A response to Peter Lyon’s ‘The Slow Death of the UGM‘. Dear Peter, The first thing I’d like to do is thank you for your Comment piece in The Beaver a couple of weeks ago. You’re right in that UGMs do typically start slowly in Michaelmas term, and after all any publicity is good publicity. I must admit, however, I was conflicted on how to react. After…

The Amartya Sen Interview : On Democracy and Justice

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By Taryana Odayar and Sonali Campion. An aged gentleman wearing a bright yellow raincoat slowly shuffles into the lobby of LSE’s Old Building. He is unaccompanied and moves gingerly with unhurried yet deliberately measured steps. He takes a seat on one of the cushioned black chairs in the lobby and begins a lengthy phone conversation with someone. Students eager to get home before the torrential downpour of rain that threatens to…

The Slow Death of the UGM

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by Peter Lyon Students’ Union democracy is a laudable concept, and one at which LSE supposedly excels. Before arriving at LSE, I read about the vigorous, wide-ranging debates that took place every week in the Old Theatre. From the left-wing radicalism of the 1960s, to the liberal initiatives of Matthew Elliot and Allister Heath in the 1990s, the Union General Meeting has always been the principal democratic framework for LSE…

LSESU’s Democracy is an Unfunny Joke

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by George Harrison Some jokes start out as utterly hilarious but quickly become painfully unfunny when you’ve been exposed to them for too long. UK Students’ Unions, including our very own beloved LSESU, are one such joke. Our Union’s hypocritical stance regarding free speech, the apparatchiks who run the show, and the obsession with imposing a political agenda at any cost has ensured that our often ridiculous SU has become…