Kowloon West candidate Helen Chung Yee-fong relies on imperial power to help her bid for a legislature seat. Middle-aged women supporters - we'll assume it's not the domestic staff on a day off - dressed as Qing Dynasty emperors have been distributing handbills to passers-by. Nearby stands Ms Chung, who explained: 'The emperor was the most powerful figure. Who could refuse to vote for me if even the emperor gives his support?'. Good point. If you've failed to woo voters, try intimidating them. 'Tremble and obey' should do the trick. The campaign trail has proved tough going for independent candidate Christine Loh since other hopefuls hit on her Achilles heel of not having reams of mind-numbing statistics at her fingertips. Anyone appearing on the same platform now spends the previous evening committing lists of numbers to memory, in the mistaken belief that boring the audience into catalepsy shows how well-informed they are. Where the Green Goddess really goes astray is in her campaign slogan: 'Optimism is a strategy'. It is? We have an equally pretentious one in Corridors: 'Obfuscation is a mistake'. In view of the turmoil there at the moment, it is a surprise to learn that among groups flying in to monitor Sunday's election process are two delegates from Indonesia. They're part of an ASEAN Human Rights organisation which includes Thais and Filipinos. Add to that the Washington-based National Democratic Institute, a party from the European Union, and sundry others, and you might be tempted to wonder why the British - committed to Hong Kong's future by the terms of the Joint Declaration - are conspicuous by their absence. But then again, remembering their lily-livered response when the Foreign Ministry gratuitously accused them of 'interfering' in the poll by inviting candidates for an informal chat . . . perhaps not. Campaigning Democrat and barrister Martin Lee Chu-ming didn't miss a chance to win last-minute votes in court this week. Addressing the jury in a defamation trial involving radio hosts Albert Cheng King-hom and Paul Tse Wai-chun, Mr Lee was liberal in his praise of Hong Kong's free press, saying it would be a sad day when radio commentators are not allowed to make 'fair comment'. He also threw in an aside about how he lobbied for an upper age limit on the post of Chief Executive. His frequent absences from court were noted by other counsel involved in the case - he was presumably out on the campaign trail.