|Tung Chee-hwa still doesn't understand the underlying tensions in Hong Kong|
Tung then added he was touched by young people who felt passionate about justice and ideals, but that it "pains his heart" that they needed to take to the streets to express their discontent.
"If everyone is hot-blooded on the streets, will Hong Kong continue to prosper and be stable?" he asked.
His remarks clearly illustrate how out of touch he is about what happened last year. People went out to occupy the streets for 79 days because they had no where else to voice their grievances. Even their elected representatives didn't voice their concerns in the Legislative Council.
People had to do it themselves. And on the whole, they did a good job, creating a mostly peaceful demonstration save for a few skirmishes that unfortunately ended badly.
If Hong Kong people were happy with their work, their job prospects, able to buy flats and afford children, then yes -- Hong Kong would prosper and be stable.
But when the authorities are not offering practical solutions to the housing issue, the yawning wealth gap and job opportunities, then yes -- people will resort to desperate measures to have their voices heard.
But Tung does not see it that way. He seems to think people who cause trouble are a nuisance.
That's because he's not listening and not appreciating what we plebians have to go through.
He seemed genuinely shocked to hear a woman tell him she was planning to buy a 170-square foot home for more than HK$3 million for a family of three.
Get your head out of the clouds on the Peak and see what's happening down at ground level, Grandpa Tung.
Then maybe -- just maybe -- you'll change your tune...