Even the usually sedate Standard has an opinion on the policy address and Carrie Lam's style:Get out of this tunnel vision on tolls! - The StandardThe way the proposal has been made marks a quality decline in policymaking. Had Chan's team been asked to figure the way forward within a tight budget, would they have been able to come up with some creative ideas rather than a bailout - convenient to policymakers, but inconvenient to others?
Overflowing government coffers not only risks the loss of financial prudence, but also threatens to anesthetize minds.
In the old days, society was always consulted to forge consensus before major policies were put forward. This hasn't been the case with the toll plan. The public learned of the decision to raise the tolls for cars from HK$20 to HK$40 only after it was announced. Inevitably, it was greeted with shock.
Having bulging public coffers doesn't mean officials can take everything for granted, especially when a policy is expected to have an impact on many people's daily routines.
"Take it or leave it" isn't the proper way to address queries.
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Carrie Lam criticises views on Lantau plan - RTHK
That is a very aggressive stance to take. Rather than explain why the plan is so good just label people who oppose as radicals against the state. All very sad
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