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Will Carrie Lam and her team get real in the Year of Pig?

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After having been hit by a series of political bombs, it is good that Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has finally promised to do a bit of reflecting.

The Year of the Dog hasn’t been a good one for the government. The convenor of the Executive Council, Bernard Chan, wondered whether Hong Kong is reaching a tipping point in public anger in his recent column. “Less than two years into the current administration, the Hong Kong government is running up against what looks a bit like populist opposition on multiple fronts,” he wrote.

But instead of wondering, as Chan did, whether this city has “the seeds that grew into populism in the West: losers of globalisation, immigration, a wealth gap and resentment against the elite”, the better question to reflect on is how has the government nurtured these “seeds”.

Granted, they may not have been sown by the current administration, but Lam has played critical roles in every administration since the handover. That is why her attempts to deflect blame for this month’s explosive political disaster over raising the age limit for elderly beneficiaries under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) scheme hasn’t worked. As a former director of........

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