The great debate

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 30 May, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 June, 2016, 5:26am

What a rabble! For years people have been calling for transparency from our leaders yet no sooner does Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen announce that he's prepared to take part in a televised debate, than everyone and their wife fall over themselves to complain that it wasn't them who was asked to challenge him. The media, meanwhile, can only imagine he has ulterior motives.

It doesn't really matter who Tsang debates with as long as they are reasonably intelligent, articulate and present views that are at odds with those of the government (and they don't get hung up on democratic reform, the pace and substance of which will only ever be dictated by Beijing). Open discussion must be encouraged. And - I know this is stretching the imagination a little in this day and age - Tsang might actually be doing this because he sees it as 'the right thing to do'. Who knows, he might do it again - and give one of today's moaners an opportunity to dust down their own soapbox.

Let's see an end to these childish tantrums and encourage Audrey Eu Yuet-mee to take this golden opportunity to discuss with Mr Tsang, on live television, the affordability of homes, developers' profits, the environment, wasteful public expenditure, collusion and the granting of favours.

That should make for an entertaining diversion from the World Cup.