STRONG rumours are emanating that the normally unflappable legislator Simon Ip Sik-on will not seek re-election to Legco. Our sources suggest he is fed up being stuck between a rock and a hard place: his legal clients don't want him rocking the boat with China, while his constituency members demand that he does just that. Mr Ip, a partner in the law firm Johnson, Stokes and Master, caused a stir last June when he burst into tears during a vote on the Governor's electoral proposals. He abstained during the vote on the Liberals' proposals to water down Mr Patten's democratic reforms, saying that while he found them acceptable, his voters, mainly barristers, did not. He then went on to vote in favour of Mr Patten. 'He's a bit tired of being pulled two ways at the same time,' said our mole. 'However, he does enjoy the prestige .'