The Chief Executive-designate's office was too small to fight the propaganda war waged by the Government over the provisional legislature, the interim body's president said yesterday. Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai blamed the Government for launching a huge publicity drive to brand the shadow body as hand-picked by China. 'I take my hat off to the British publicity machine and Hong Kong British administration machine,' she said. She said Tung Chee-hwa had an office of only 70 people. 'Mr Tung had to ask and ask and ask to get someone additional to be transferred from the Hong Kong civil service. 'What we see here is really a huge machinery against a handful of people.' She said those who criticised the provisional legislature as 'China-apppointed' or 'China hand-picked' were people who opposed the interim body. 'I think I would be very naive if I expected them to shower praise on us,' she said. She said these phrases were popular in the West, adding that 'they have been accepted as the truth'.