Former government No 2 Anson Chan Fang On-sang had some pointed words about the current incumbent, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, saying Lam appeared upset at the way the government's political reform package had been rolled out but was stuck "between a rock and a hard place". Chan said she would probably have quit if she were Lam. Her comments to students and academics at the University of Cambridge in England on Monday came two years after she suggested that Lam, whom she had hailed as committed to Hong Kong and passionate about her work, was not properly utilised. "Carrie has no power even though you can see, reading between the lines, she is very unhappy actually with the whole way this consultation and the package of the constitutional proposals" has been presented, Chan said. Lam is spearheading the government's campaign in support of the electoral reform proposals unveiled last week. The package, based on a framework set by Beijing, stipulates that chief executive candidates must win majority support from a 1,200-strong nominating body, which will put forth just two or three options. "If I were in her shoes, I would probably have departed from that post long ago. But [having] come to this stage, I think she is between a rock and a hard place because now she cannot simply get up and go," Chan said. "So whether she likes it or not, she just has to take the party line and attempt her very best to sell it to the people of Hong Kong. But sometimes, I have the distinct impression that she doesn't believe in what's coming out from her own mouth." Chan, who served as chief secretary from 1997 to 2001, warned in June 2013 that Lam might quit if Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying continued to neglect her. She reiterated on Monday that Lam was "not trusted" by Leung's government. She warned Lam could rapidly lose credibility if she "continues to toe Beijing's line". Lam's office yesterday rejected Chan's remarks as "totally unfounded". A spokesman said Lam considered the reform proposals "constitutional, legal, fair and reasonable". Meanwhile, Lam warned on TVB's Straight Talk that Hong Kong could face "dire consequences" if the proposal was voted down.