The Secretary for Security has apologised for saying 'taxi drivers, restaurant waiters and McDonald's staff' would not be interested in the details of the anti-subversion proposals. Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee said yesterday that she had not intended to insult anyone with her comments, which were made to legislators in September as she ruled out a white bill that would have allowed for wider consultation. At the time, critics accused her of looking down on people. Mrs Ip apologised during a Commercial Radio phone-in programme yesterday. 'I am very sorry to have created the misunderstanding that I did not respect their views. I had absolutely no such intention. Maybe, as an official, it would have been much better if I had not used this as an example,' she said. 'But I had absolutely no intention of not respecting these people.' Mrs Ip also promised never to mention the name Adolf Hitler again after making a statement last year which appeared to blame the rise of the Nazi dictator on democracy. She admitted her remarks - made during a City University forum in which she warned of the dangers of blindly believing in democracy - were historically inaccurate. 'I wasn't discussing how Hitler came to power . . . I am sorry, I have just mentioned his name again. Maybe I should quote Harry Potter and only mention 'the evil one',' she said. The Secretary for Security also said she would be more tactful when dealing with legislators, after an earlier accusation that some of the critics of the government proposal had misled and deceived the public. 'In the past decade, Hong Kong's political mentality has changed so much. When in the past did you hear legislators accuse officials of being troublemakers? Rhetoric in society has changed, and officials are part of society, so it is difficult for them not to change as well,' she said. 'But I agree that it's better to be more tactful and I hope I will do better in the future.' Observers said Mrs Ip's move to tone down her style was largely in response to a sharp fall in her popularity among the public, but also pressure from within the government, which is worried that further conflict on the anti-subversion laws will hamper legislation. An Executive Council member said the senior government leadership had recently put pressure on Mrs Ip to tone down her style, because her hardline stance could antagonise people. Li Pang-kwong, an associate professor of politics at Lingnan University, said Mrs Ip was trying a softer approach to prevent attracting any more opposition towards Article 23.