To trust or not to trust?

To trust or not to trust?


People do not trust Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, as can be seen from frequent protests.
People do not trust Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, as can be seen from frequent protests.
Photo: Sam Tsang/SCMP
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has always had his reasons. He had his reasons for having illegal structures at his home, to develop the northeastern part of the New Territories, and now he has his reasons for rejecting HKTV's application for a licence.

The public has long been used to taking his reasons as pretexts; he lacks the citizens' trust, as seen from frequent protests at the Tamar headquarters.

But in the chess game of government, his plans are always checked, yet he is never checkmated.

Protesters cannot bring him down, because at the end of the day, the protest leaders are as dubious as the cheat executive.

The citizens want a licence for HKTV, or at least an explanation.

Some protest leaders, on the other hand, want discussion. They want more rallies at TVB and ATV, and they want tiny steps towards success.

Some would say all they are chasing is political fame.

If the citizens trust the protest leaders, the leaders will achieve their goals, which may not be the same as those of the people. Then the citizens will have been duped.

If the citizens do not trust the leaders, they can overthrow the leaders as a man tried to do when he stormed the stage during the rally on October 20. But this, in turn, steers the protest away from the cause and more towards internal arguments and mutual smearing.

The result is that the campaign eventually collapses without realising anyone's goal.

To trust is to risk being fooled; to distrust is see the campaign collapse.

To trust or not to trust - that is the question.

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