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Time has come for the Legislative Council not to say thanks

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Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has done everyone a favour – including herself – by ditching the old colonial tradition of word-for-word delivery of the annual policy address in the legislature. Those who want the boring details can readily get them online.

Now, if only lawmakers can save everyone’s time by agreeing to scrap another colonial tradition – tabling a motion of thanks for the chief executive for delivering the annual policy blueprint.

For a second time in a row, Lam received the symbolic motion last week. By contrast, her three predecessors rarely received a motion of thanks.

But she is just doing her job delivering the policy agenda for the year ahead. Why should we give thanks when we haven’t even seen the results? Are Lam’s two policy addresses so superior to........

© South China Morning Post