Tung Chee-hwa's emphasis on teamwork in his interview with this newspaper yesterday was striking. Clearly, the Chief Executive was keen to move the agenda forward after many months in which the Government has spent most of its time dealing with one crisis after another, and sometimes presenting a less than united image in the process. Hence his emphasis on beginning preparations for the policy address in October, and his praise for the diligence of policy secretaries. Mr Tung made a virtue out of the disagreements within his administration, pointing out that it was healthy for differing views to be expressed so long as everyone rallied behind the eventual decision. Long-term planning has always been the Chief Executive's strong point. His July 1 pledge to allow 70 per cent of Hong Kong people to own their homes did much to assure his initial popularity and move the agenda away from the politics of the Patten era. Now Mr Tung seems to hope that he can do the same again on a broader front. His aim would be to put the crises - and occasional bungling - behind him by broadening his strategic blueprint to embrace other issues, such as urban renewal, in preparation for his second policy address. That is a worthy goal. Long-term planning was one of Hong Kong's weak points in the colonial era, and Mr Tung is certainly doing more than enough to make up for decades of inactivity. But, as he also acknowledged when talking about reacting to, and anticipating, crisis situations, government is at least as much about day-to-day management as strategic vision. As the events of the past few months have shown, that is where the administration is at its weakest. The post-handover Government has been unlucky to face so many crises so soon after it came into existence. Neither the financial turmoil nor bird flu were foreseen when it took office. Hong Kong may now be entering a more stable period which will allow the Chief Executive to focus on developing his strategic vision. But it would be rash to assume that fresh unexpected challenges will not suddenly appear. Mr Tung said the Government had learnt from its recent mistakes. As well as looking to the future, his priority for his team must be to show the community that it can handle whatever more immediate challenges are thrown at it.