Views offered at a forum yesterday on constitutional reform were so uniformly conservative it was hard to spot differences with the government's view of what the public wants. The outcome was hardly surprising given a boycott by pro-democracy lawmakers, who instead protested outside the venue in Tai Po. Legislator Leung Kwok-hung gave a letter to Chief Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen opposing the 'fake consultation'. The forum was one of a series of district-level consultations by the constitutional development taskforce on methods for selecting the chief executive in 2007 and forming the Legislative Council in 2008. Most at the forum supported expanding membership of the election committee to between 1,600 and 1,800. The 800-member committee chooses the chief executive. A majority backed keeping the Legislative Council's functional constituencies. No one offered a timetable for universal suffrage. Meanwhile, US consul-general James Keith said Hong Kong could adopt direct elections as long as the central government had confidence in the people. 'But there is lack of confidence because of the confrontation.'