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Mar 1, 2007

Election Forum without public participation 在沒有市民參與的選舉論壇上

I had attended the Mar-01 forum organized by 40+ EC members. This was the first CE Election Forum and it was broadcasted by electronic media. The downside was that not a single common citizen could attend. The forum was divided into 4 parts: (1) opening, (2) questions drawn from Election Committee members, (3) questions drawn from email/fax and (4) conclusion.

In terms of population, pro-democracy EC members were of minority. Even worse was that most questions were drawn by the other camp (by the God's hand?). However, pro-democracy EC members had asked questions more up to the point. We also clearly spoke out these questions were for those underprivileged class who could not enter the venue.

In general, Alan and Donald could answer to questions to a satisfactory level. But satisfactory is not enough for CE candidates! Donald's weakness was on Direct Election , environment protection and education. Alan's weakness was on the economy.

Alan made a good opening. He started with his growth from a lower class child, to a successful professional today, to bring out his passion to preserve HK 's system (Good enough). Then he took a sharp turn to give Donald a hard blow on Donald's several policy weaknesses. Alan had given Donald sufficient attacks such that Donald was busy to defend all along. Donald seemed to lose patience to develop more his strength in administration and a detailed platform. He argued on points which Alan could revert easily and he had failed to control his time well. So Alan led from the 1st to the 4th quarters.

Alan must have increased his confidence after this debate. The wounded Donald should evaulate his presentation and be more patient next time.

But tell you, a successful debate won't change the fact. Some people will not vote for the best CE for Hong Kong. They have decided (or have been told) to vote a blessed candidate. This is our current system!

The most productive thing we do as EC member is to expose this problem to the public. One day you do not have the direct election, you continue to watch the show but not editing the screen play script.

1 comment:

Samuel said...

在3月1日的特首候選人答問大會上,梁家傑的表現確實不錯,的確是一個有實力的候選人。

當然,如果他真的做了特首並聽從他說是重點包括積極不干預、大力推動環保工業、不顧一切地推行普選及增加教育開支(不要忘記現時教育開支已佔總開支四分之一)等政策,確實有點不切實制。我相信今時今日之政府需要有策略地帶頭推動經濟及對有潛力之行業作出適當支援,需要推動環保教育而非環保工業,需要增強教育成效而非增加教育開支;至於普選,我還是有保留的,我並非考慮中央會否喜歡,而是我真的認為普選不一定對香港最有利。


相對地,現任特首比較務實,更能反映他對香港管治比較理解,能夠帶領香港持續發展,減少動盪帶來之負面影響。希望在新一任期內,不同黨派能夠多溝通,共同為香港建設更美好的未來。