It may have been too much to imagine that a government which cannot even reform a broken taxi system could have handled a major political issue. But immobility is the hallmark of a system where the entrenched become ever more so and Beijing fears change as dangerous.As the conservative political philosopher Edmund Burke wrote 250 years ago: “A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation”. So, instead of trusting that Hong Kong people have the common sense to…