Frontpage words - January 27, 2010

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Pan-democrats at the crossroads

by Ambrose Leung

SCMP, page A1 and A2 January 27, 2010


1. the resignations by pan-democrat lawmakers yesterday were originally billed as a way to give voters a channel to voice their aspiration for universal suffrage
- announced, advertised -
- hopes -

2. But a series of political miscalculations has made the manoeuvre a turning point of sorts for the politicians
- plan -

3. the Democratic Party has apparently donned the cloak of pragmatism and is willing to negociate with Beijing
- decided to be practical -

4. their "so-called referendum" contravenes the Basic Law
- conflicts with, goes against -

5. the idea ... was first floated by the league early last year
- uggested, put forward -

6. ... could rouse the Hong Kong public
- awaken -

7. Never interested in wooing the bulk of middle-class voters
- seeking the support of the majority -

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