Vincent Ko Hon-chiu, the lawyer who a court heard yesterday spent $11,000 a day on entertainment expenses, had a brief but highly colourful spell in the political arena during the 1980s. He was elected to the Central and Western District Board in 1985 with 4,149 votes, the largest in all the districts, and became chairman. After his election, Mr Ko hit the headlines with comments on various government policies, ranging from the death penalty to civil servant promotions. He urged the reintroduction of the death penalty, saying a judge rather than the governor should decide. Mr Ko, then a member of the Standing Commission on Civil Service Salaries and Conditions, demanded that the government encourage expatriate civil servants to take early retirement for a smooth handover. Local officers should be promoted even if they were slightly inferior, he said. 'My ideas are not revolutionary or barbaric. This is something that is bound to happen. Whether the British government welcomes it or not is beside the point.' He has also suggested the Government disband the Urban Council - something which it is now doing. 'If Urbco and district boards were to co-exist, confrontation between the two would be inevitable as many areas of their work overlap,' he said. Mr Ko's ex-wife, Alice Chau Suk-yin, was yesterday given the go-ahead by the Court of Appeal to study about 14,000 documents, including restaurant receipts, to check on the expenses Mr Ko has claimed. The pair, who wed in 1973, are soon to go to court over their divorce settlement.