October 15 policy address: 'We concur that the proposed level of HK$1,000 is reasonable. Given a rapidly ageing population and our limited financial resources ... the government needs to consider introducing a means-test mechanism.' October 16 Legco question time: 'I know some people will criticise the introduction of a means test. But that's what a responsible government should do.' October 18 on RTHK's Hong Kong Letter: 'Of course, an increase in 'fruit money' would make everyone happy. It will win applause and avoid criticisms. I will step down in 2012. But does that mean I don't have to consider if the burden on welfare spending is affordable to the administration in future?' As [the head of] a responsible government, I cannot do that'. Yesterday after a lunch with lawmakers: 'If I continue this debate the community will become even more divisive and we will not be able to focus all our energies and attention on solving the more important problem at hand, which is the financial tsunami which is affecting us.'