Give the Government credit for at least one highly successful operation. News of Tung Chee-hwa's economic rescue package on Monday afternoon was kept so hush-hush that even departments directly affected by his plans did not hear so much as a whisper about it. The Information Services Department issued a press release at 4.33pm to alert the media to Mr Tung's press conference. One minute later, the department announced two government lots would be put up for auction on Tuesday. They clearly had no idea Mr Tung would suspend land auctions with immediate effect. Apparently even the Lands Department did not know of the plan. Whether it is the right economic move or not, the incident is unlikely to bolster the shaky relationship between Mr Tung and the civil service, who are said to feel increasingly distanced from policy decisions. The Chief Executive's genial personality and his facility for remembering names wins him friends whenever he goes abroad, but unfortunately his own name causes endless problems for Westerners, unfamiliar with the Chinese system of putting family names first. On his visit to the Australian state of Victoria last week, premier Sir James Gobbo welcomed 'Mr Tung Chee-hwa and Mrs Hwa', while Paul Holmes, a famous New Zealand television talk-show host, referred to the CE as Tung Char-weeee. China has shown itself to be as sensitive as ever about media criticism - witness the daft decision to ban three journalists working for Radio Free Asia from the presidential visit - but apparently it is now acceptable for their own journalists to poke fun at foreign politicians. According to a Reuters report, the China Market Economic News has published a front-page caricature of US President Bill Clinton with an oversized head, billowing jowls and a bulbous nose. Just one day before the president's arrival, the state-controlled newspaper pushed back the boundaries of acceptable media conduct, in a way which would have been unthinkable in the past. It was all done in the spirit of good humoured mickey-taking as (usually) in the West. The newspaper, controlled by the Communist Party's central school, ranked Mr Clinton's meeting with President Jiang Zemin alongside previous encounters between Chinese leaders and former US presidents Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter. Both men are respected in Beijing for presiding over the warming of Sino-US relations and the restoration of diplomatic ties that ended decades of cross-Pacific hostility. But there was no sign of a matching cartoon of Mr Jiang. Chinese leaders are given uniformly solemn and dignified treatment in the state press. They do not share the Western view that healthy criticism and a bit of irreverence are good safety valves for the public, and keep politicians from getting too big for their boots. Maybe they should try it sometimes, and see what it does for their image. Hillary Clinton flies in, and America's second most sparky woman flies out. With her boss safely back in Legco, Martin Lee Chu-ming's assistant Minky Worden is returning to the US. She joins her husband of eight months, Gordon Crovitz - former editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review and now a vice-president of Dow Jones in New York - where she will be working in Asian affairs. Ms Worden describes her departure on July 4 as Martin Lee's personal independence day, but says she will miss the city, and the merciless teasing she has had to endure from members of the Democratic Party about her Cantonese.