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Election Notebook

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 August, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:15pm

With the Legislative Council election campaign in full swing, the South China Morning Post resumes its Election Notebook, with our reporters providing insights into, and anecdotes about, city politics every Thursday between now and polling day

DAB makes light of copyright

The pro-government Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong may have been coy when asked about their views on the copyright amendment ordinance, which could have criminalised parodies had it made it through the filibuster-slowed final session of the last legislature. However, it seems they are not averse to a little parody - or even self-parody - themselves. In the centre spread of a DAB pamphlet for next month's Legco polls, party chairman Tam Yiu-chung role-plays Captain America, lawmaker Ip Kwok-him is depicted as a baby, and newcomer Ann Chiang Lai-wan dresses up as a nurse in a skirt. Actions speak louder than words, so we look forward to seeing the DAB's stance if the bill is tabled again in the new legislature. Tanna Chong

Summer beachfront campaigns

A trip to an outlying island is a popular pastime in the summer, and that's just what Legco candidates have been doing of late. But their objective has not been the customary barbecue or seafood dinner. They've been helping to clear hundreds of thousands of plastic pellets from beaches where they were dumped during Severe Typhoon Vicente. The Civic Party went to Cheung Chau, the Democratic Party cruised to Po Toi and the Neo-Democrats visited Mui Wo, on Lantau. And being politicians facing polls in a couple of weeks, they were swift to turn the mess into an election issue. While they were doing their bit and having their say, former Civic Party leader Audrey Eu Yuet-mee wrote an open letter protesting Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's decision to take a holiday instead of staying home to lead the clean-up. Fish farmers were not forgotten: the DAB's Steven Ho Chun-yin, who's running in the agriculture and fisheries functional constituency, visited fish farms to check on the effects. His sole rival, Economic Synergies' Chan Mei-tak, made similar visits. It seems the pellet plague has not only raised public awareness about protecting beaches, but it may also have added a little to our scientific knowledge. Tony Cheung

Peck's flap and manifesto bore

The old exhortation about not shooting the messenger took on a new meaning at a recent radio forum when 'super-seat' candidate Pamela Peck Wan-kam tore into a moderator who asked her an unwelcome question. It happened at a Commercial Radio session on Monday. Peck - didn't she used to spell that 'Pak'? - got into a flap when moderator Lee Wai-ling asked about her recent low poll rating. Accusing Lee of asking a 'leading and assumptive question', Peck declared: '[Lee] forced me to answer with her 'voice hegemony' ... I won't be like her, asking unprofessional questions.' But when Lee tried to defend herself, the former agony aunt - a voice is well-known on radio, though perhaps not to the point of hegemony returned to the rules by quizzing the DAB's Starry Lee Wai-king about national education. The forum for the seven contenders for the new district council functional constituency seats began with moderator Lee questioning them, followed by a question-and-answer session among the candidates. But Beijing loyalist and Federation of Trade Unions heavyweight Chan Yuen-han, seemed unprepared, despite being a veteran of many such forums over the years. She spent most of her four minutes listing key proposals in her labour and land-use platform. Chan later said that she had simply wanted to know her rivals' views on her proposals. But at least one of the other panelists seemed unconvinced. 'She was simply asking if the six of us agree with her manifesto!' Democrat James To Kun-sun exclaimed. Tony Cheung

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