When lawmakers snub meetings to enjoy breakfast, and when private business trips come before official duties, something is clearly amiss in our legislature. Just two weeks into the new session, the weekly sitting on Thursday could not even begin, as more than half of the seats were empty. This was not the first time there was a lack of quorum. The Legislative Council's relatively liberal rules of procedures have long given rebel lawmakers the ammunition to thwart or delay proceedings. Their latest trick is to try to kill off the meetings with frequent headcounts. This was what happened on Thursday morning. After waiting for 15 minutes, the meeting was still one member short to begin. Some rebels deliberately stayed away. Some pro-establishment lawmakers were out of town. Others arrived late, blaming the traffic chaos caused by the Occupy Central movement. That disruptions now occur more often is regrettable. Elected representatives are expected to discharge their duties with diligence and responsibility. That is what voters expect. What's more worrying is that the latest setback is apparently part of the so-called non-cooperation campaign initiated by the pan-democrats. Upset by what they see as a fake universal suffrage model imposed by Beijing, they vowed to work against the government whenever possible. Such a campaign violates public interest. Not only will governance and efficiency be undermined, the city's development and people's livelihood will also be seriously affected. The legislature is already weighed down by a long list of outstanding items left over from the previous session, including the government's plan to set up a new policy bureau for innovation and technology. The delay will also stall any new agenda. Democracy need not be pursued through confrontation and struggle. Like the Occupy Central movement, non-cooperation in Legco will only have an adverse impact.