Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam attends a question-and-answer session after delivering her policy speech at the Legislative Council. Her policy proposals fall short of truly addressing Hong Kong’s major problems. Photo: AP

Carrie Lam’s policy plan boldly follows the government’s tradition of protecting the status quo

Philip Bowring says the few good ideas proposed by Lam, such as revising tunnel toll fees, should have been put in place long ago. Meanwhile, many of Hong Kong’s perennial problems touching on government and business interests were, again, left untouched

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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam attends a question-and-answer session after delivering her policy speech at the Legislative Council. Her policy proposals fall short of truly addressing Hong Kong’s major problems. Photo: AP
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Philip Bowring

Philip Bowring

Philip Bowring has been based in Asia for 39 years writing on regional financial and political issues. He has been a columnist for the South China Morning Post since the mid-1990s and for the International Herald Tribune from 1992 to 2011. He also contributes regularly to the Wall Street Journal, www.asiasentinel.com, a website of which he is a founder, and elsewhere. Prior to 1992 he was with the weekly Far Eastern Economic Review, latterly as editor.