CONSTANT battles between the Legislative Council and the Government could undermine people's confidence in democracy, it was claimed yesterday. Members urged the Government not to pay mere lip service in its pledge to work with Legco. Disappointed at the Governor's failure to establish a stable working relationship between the executive and the legislature in his policy address, house committee chairman Dr Leong Che-hung said the administration's confrontational attitude had actually strained relations. Starting the two-day policy address debate, Dr Leong said it was useless to point an accusing finger at Legco and say 'do this or else'. A head-on collision between the two sides would only lead to stalemate, he said. Democratic Party chairman Martin Lee Chu-ming said constant clashes between the Government and Legco were detrimental to democratic development. 'Many people say democracy doesn't work for Hong Kong. This conflict will provide an incentive for Beijing to demolish this Council and replace it with a rubber-stamp 'provisional' legislature,' he said. 'The lame duck will be turned into Beijing-fried duck.' But some members said Hong Kong should maintain an executive-led system. The Liberal Party's Ngai Shiu-kit, who also serves on the Preliminary Working Committee, said the Government bowing to political pressure, especially on social policies, would shatter economic confidence.