The Angry Brigade may not think so, of course, but they have just won a significant victory. RTHK is going to have to behave a little more humbly in future. One wouldn't want to exaggerate this. This column is nothing if not fair, balanced and objective. And it must be admitted that Wong Siu-yee and Elsie Tu did not achieve as much as they might have hoped. Hong Kong is not quite ready for the notion that if RTHK can't be a government mouthpiece then the least it can do is shut up. Or, as Mrs Tu suggested, concentrate on music, drama and other forms of objectivity. Presumably, the drama Mrs Tu had in mind would not include social or political criticism. Socialist realism and dramatisations of the life of Lei Feng would be the order of the day. Nor did Mr Wong get across his message that the unelected Director of Broadcasting, Cheung Man-yee, and her cohorts must no longer assume the right to monitor the Government. As far as From the Gallery could understand, he felt monitoring was the job of the people's representatives on the Provisional Legislative Council. The Liberal Party stood firm. Democratic warriors all. They weren't buying the arguments about how RTHK, being a Government department, funded from public money, should toe the official line. They dismissed the talk from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong about needing a monitor for the monitor. The fact is, argued Edward Ho, citing a recent survey, the public rather enjoyed it when RTHK presenters poked fun at the Government. The Broadcasting Authority already existed to watch the watchdog. Of 258 complaints about RTHK brought to the BA, only one had been upheld. A public broadcaster should be the public's mouthpiece, said his party colleague Raymond Ho. It should only be a Government mouthpiece when the views of the Government happened to coincide with the views of the public. But then up stood Rita Lau, Deputy Secretary for Broadcasting and Entertainment. Editorial independence must be upheld, she said. But that did not mean there should be no standards at all. The Director of Broadcasting would be drawing up written editorial guidelines. The detailed code used by the BBC would be a good place to start looking for a model. That was a long way from saying RTHK will be brought to heel. The BBC still snaps at the heels of the British Government. But it was odd how the Liberal Party found common ground with the DAB. Mr Wong was outvoted.