The clearance of Occupy Central was proving a long work in progress last night. Hopefully Hong Kong island's main artery may soon be flowing freely again. But it would be naive to think this would be the end of an extraordinary chapter in our history, or of the social turmoil Occupy unleashed. There are serious issues to be addressed, beginning with political reform. It was good to hear Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Yuet-ngor acknowledge as much, before the bailiffs and the police moved in yesterday. The government must be seen to engage more inclusively with all sectors of society on a range of grievances, or protesters may make good a threat to reoccupy. No matter how admirable their political aspirations, or how many people sympathise, the way the protesters went about trying to advance them was wrong, and unlawful. Moreover, they will not be met because they fall outside a legal framework under the political reform package approved by Beijing. However, their grievances embrace widespread dissatisfaction with Hong Kong's governance that goes beyond its current chief executive or political reform. They include economic policies, unaffordable housing, failed education reforms, lack of social mobility for young people, a widening income gap and perceived collusion between officials and property tycoons. In terms of social cohesion, that is a perfect storm of discontent. Many of these problems are now deep-rooted, and not easily solved with measures by the government of the day alone. We need to find better ways to work together as a community. Political reform, the flashpoint for the protest, has to be the starting point. There is a need to shift the focus back on to how to work out pragmatic proposals within the legal framework that have the best chance of acceptance by lawmakers. Hong Kong wears scars from Occupy Central that will not heal overnight. The movement has polarised society from families upwards and done nothing for the city's relationship with the mainland. Regrettably the wounds also include damage to Hong Kong's reputation and the rule of law, for which the whole community ultimately pays the price. Yet there is room to end on a positive note prompted by the city's renown for bouncing back stronger from adversity. If there is something good to come out of this confrontation, it is a sharpened focus and new urgency to engage the whole community in finding a way forward on political reform, and more effective ways to deal with long-standing issues.