Political analysts said the Chief Executive had realised he was a politician as well as a leader - and he intended to seek a second term. The speech was politically motivated and was intended to rebuild Mr Tung's popularity and pave the way for his re-election, said Professor Lau Siu-kai, Associate Director of the Chinese University's Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies. He said Mr Tung had demonstrated stronger political sense than ever before and clear political ambition. 'He wants to boost his popularity, as well as to establish a strong team in the administration,' Professor Lau said. The Chief Executive's shift towards favouring a revamp of government accountability was necessary to 'share his political responsibility in pushing ahead his reform plans, which has been difficult'. 'It shows Mr Tung has understood he is a politician rather than just a leader of the Hong Kong economy,' he said. Professor Francis Lui Ting-ming, director of the Centre for Economic Development at the University of Science and Technology, said there were clearly political motives. 'The job opportunities to be provided by the Government are not enough,' he said. 'But the public will be impressed and think the Government has done something for them. That's essential for Mr Tung if he wants to secure a second term.' Professor Lau believed that whether Mr Tung could govern for another five years would depend mainly on Beijing's attitude. 'The Policy Address can only help to rebuild popularity in the short term.' Legislator Ambrose Lau Hon-chuen of the Hong Kong Progressive Alliance said he also believed the blueprint would help Mr Tung's popularity rating. The democrats, however, gave the speech a general thumbs down. Lee Cheuk-yan of the Confederation of Trade Unions said: 'We think the Policy Address is very disappointing. The Chief Executive did not address the problems properly, and the Policy Address is a merely 'virtual' cure for poverty.' Democratic Party chairman Martin Lee Chu-ming said that instead of accepting the party's proposal to create 50,000 jobs, Mr Tung had only suggested creating 15,000 jobs, of which only 7,000 were actually new. Mr Lee said: 'Of course, we don't even find the word 'democracy' or 'democratic' except towards the end when he recalled what his vision was for Hong Kong when he was campaigning for election as chief executive four years ago. 'At least then he mentioned the term 'democratic society'. Now he doesn't even mention the word,' Mr Lee said. Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong chairman Tsang Yok-sing said the address was responsive to public concerns. Liberal Party chairman James Tien Pei-chun described the speech as pragmatic. 'It takes stock of all the reforms that the SAR Government has initiated,' he said. Cyd Ho Sau-lan of The Frontier said Mr Tung had painted too rosy a picture of what his administration had achieved.