The controversies surrounding the provisional legislature look set to outlive it. A few days after the body's final sitting, it has become known that its members will collect a salary until the end of June, although their work finished last week and members of the successor body will be elected on May 24. This state of affairs may stand as a symbol for the political system with which the SAR began its life. Although the new legislature has been voted in, its predecessor will linger on - in financial terms at least since the interim body was appointed for a period stretching beyond May 24 and it is considered necessary to its members at least until June 30 - a year after the former elected council was ejected from Legco. But that is no reason for depriving newly elected members of the next council of a salary. It may not be illegal to do this, but it is hardly ethical and is undoubtedly unfair. It will create two classes of politicians among those elected on May 24 - former members of the provisional legislature who will get their money and those who did not sit in the interim body who will go short for five weeks. That could be a serious burden for some of the newcomers, particularly independents. It will follow a period in which they may have devoted themselves to campaigning rather than earning a living. While politics should not be pursued as a means of making money, this is to expect a quite super-human disregard for financial considerations from some of those running for new council. In the period between May 24 and the end of June, people with problems to take to their legislators will approach members of the new council, not those who sat in the former body. To pay the latter and not to pay some of the former is plainly wrong. The only acceptable solution is to pay members of both bodies during the intervening period. Obviously those provisional members elected on May 24 should not be paid twice. But at least one salary should be made available to all.