We will probably have to form a political party, says Ronny Tong The Article 45 Concern Group will probably have to form a party if it wants a political future, a founder member says. Ronny Tong Ka-wah said he came to this view after the group failed to agree on fielding a candidate in the chief executive election. But Mr Tong said he was reluctant to make such a move because he did not want a deeper involvement in politics. 'If the Article 45 Concern Group is to have a political future, we have to make improvements or even form a political party. But the problem is: does anybody want to do so?' he said. 'I am sure that it is an issue that we have to explore, but it is not easy to find a solution.' Mr Tong said that when members discussed putting forward a candidate for chief executive at a meeting last Monday, some had unexpectedly opposed the idea, saying they did not see how it would help the cause of democracy. Some also thought that because acting Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen was so popular, that anyone standing against him would not only fail to win, but also lose popularity as well. Mr Tong said he and legislator Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee had privately tried to persuade Audrey Eu Yuet-mee - the most popular of the group's four legislators - to join the race. Ms Eu said she had reservations, as did fellow member and lawmaker Alan Leong Kah-kit. Although the legislators were not among those expressing the strongest opposition, Mr Tong said the group's usual practice was not to do anything that any members opposed. 'As we're not a political party, we don't have any mechanism to resolve differences,' he said. Mr Tong said this had taught him a valuable lesson as it not only showed how 'academic' members were, but it also revealed the differences between the four legislators and the other group members, who are either practising lawyers or academics. 'Their views and their assessment of public sentiments are different from the four of us,' he said, pointing out that the four of them read news reports every day, gave television interviews and also met fellow pro-democracy lawmakers every week. Mr Tong said he felt they were obliged to join forces with fellow pro-democracy legislators to foster political change. This meant they would have to follow, or even take the lead, in any move because in the legislature one person from the group, or even the four of them, could not achieve anything. 'At the end of the day, only by uniting all the forces can we move forward. But we cannot impose this responsibility on the others because they do not belong to this circle.' On joining the race for chief executive, Ms Eu said: 'We are just a group of lawyers wanting to give opinions on constitutional and legal issues, but not a political group ... I'm not interested, and have never been interested' in running for chief executive.