What was grandma Wong paid with?
Look, I have complete appreciation for your posts, but not every thing needs to be framed cynically.
I don't blame the government on this measure, they are being strategic: why help people who won't show appreciation for you in return (or at least be more complacent)? This is just like in Singapore where GMCs and SMCs that voted for opposition parties are 'punished' by the govt for having voted the way they voted.
This is the key part of what she said in this regard:
Obviously this is a last ditch move to try to prove to consolidate what little support she has left. It's not like she really wanted to do this (ordered by the new guy at Sai Wan probably) as these changes have been stalling in back and forth discussions for years. I have nothing against the elderly but when you're 82 y.o collecting cardboard on the street all day making a mere $30 ish per day someone giving you an extra subsidy will get your vote. This is how the DAB/FTU excels in this kind of dynamic, lunar new year parties and banquets for the neighborhood, a chance to connect with someone, a few small gifts to make you feel that you are being taken care of. Democracy and the various freedoms (press, expression, etc...) are a far flung and unneeded ideals. These are people who may not have been taught these ideals, they've only been taught to work to sustain their family. This is where the pro-Democracy parties fail (apart from the ADPL in Sham Shui Po and the NWSC in Kwai Tsing), you can't campaign and win votes simply on these ideals in these demographics, you need actual livelihood policies that you can explain and communicate to them. If I was 67 and leaning pro-Establishment or even just neutral and trying to survive on the subsidies I get, $2 per train journey would be an enormous gift and i'd probably vote for them in exchange.Lam said the government's sole aim is to improve the livelihoods of disadvantaged residents and the proposals are not a response to the city's ongoing anti-government protests. She added that if it wasn't for the unrest, the administration could have had more time to "think faster" and more thoroughly.
So once again when i talk about them getting Sealy mattresses in exchange for their vote, I'm not blaming them. It's bribery but why wouldn't you accept it when you're in need? I'd rather blame the people bribing the voters for actually handing out freebies.
They can pocket the “bribery” and still rightly attribute it to the protesters getting them to move on social issues (though not the primary aim”, or they can continue to be mistakenly grateful to the government, but that bloc was already lost before this anyway.