The government has openly committed itself to democratize the election of the Chief Executive and the Legislative Council.
As an intermediate step, the government proposes something that is just window dressing, preserving intact the special privileges of the pro-government political parties, businesses, and individuals.
It then pressures the public to support its proposal. It accuses those who oppose the proposal of stopping the progress of political reform.
If the government’s proposal is then defeated, whose fault is it? I say it is the government’s. Because the government proposed something that makes no real progress, which is obviously unacceptable to the public. Both the government and the public lose.
Even if its proposal is passed, there is no real progress. The government wins, for now. But the public is still the loser. The deeper problems in society is not solved, and everyone loses in the longer run.