Callers to a popular commercial radio phone-in programme yesterday were quick to join the debate about Mr Tung's role and his political future. During a lively two hour discussion, the views expressed included a suggestion that the current system impedes Mr Tung's ideas. The debate was prompted by an editorial in yesterday's South China Morning Post which suggested the chief executive should concentrate on dealing with the mainland and promoting Hong Kong overseas, leaving the day-to-day running of the city in the hands of a more capable political leader. Albert Cheng King-hon, host of Teacup in a Storm, invited callers to phone in with their views on the Post's suggestion. About 20 callers phoned the programme in two hours, with the majority saying they agreed with the newspaper's view that Mr Tung should have a different job description. One caller, who only gave his name as Mr Choi, said: 'It [the editorial] has expressed what has been bottled up in us for so long. 'The editorial came a bit too late. After so many failed policies, it should be a wake-up call for Hong Kong people. He [Mr Tung] should step down.' Other callers had strong views about what Mr Tung could do if he was no longer running Hong Kong. A Ms Lee said: 'Mr Tung shouldn't do anything. The Post said he could promote Hong Kong for us. But he shouldn't even try to talk Hong Kong up because he simply doesn't have the ability. It's a task for Miss Hong Kong to promote Hong Kong. Don't take her job away.' Another caller, Mr Leung, accused Mr Tung of not having the courage to face the public and address Hong Kong's problems. 'He is like [Osama bin] Laden. He was so high-profile five years ago. Now, he is always hiding himself away.' However, others were sympathetic to Mr Tung. They said it was hard for any leader to win Hong Kong people over during the economic downturn. One man, Mr Tse, said: 'It is not fair to him if everyone points their fingers at him. His officials should be responsible, too. They are all yes-men.' Mr Lai said: 'Mr Tung has good ideas. It's just that the clumsy political system has hindered him from executing them properly.' Another caller suggested that leaders on the mainland should begin to look for Mr Tung's successor.