Who of us can gaze in the looking glass of a morning and see the same face we wore 10 years ago? Lines round the eyes, wrinkles on the brow and greying temples may give the lucky few a distinguished look, but for the rest of us . . . Well, collectively, it wasn't a pretty sight in Legco when the June 4th motion was debated. This is the third year Democrat Szeto Wah has tabled the motion as a means of holding up a mirror to society to see who has changed the most. He will continue doing it until Beijing vindicates the participants, an event he doesn't expect to see in his lifetime, although he thinks younger members such as The Frontier's Cyd Ho Sau-lan might. His eloquence so moved Ms Ho that she stood up in front of the assembly and announced her age. 'I'm 46,' she declared - not looking a day over 30 - 'not so young as Mr Szeto thinks. But actually, I believe we'll both see that day.' It was one of the few lighter moments on a sombre occasion. There was a solemn silence when Cheung Man-kwong intoned the names of 16 young victims and spoke of the sorrow of mothers such as Professor Ding Zilin, who lost her son in the massacre and has spoken out so bravely on behalf of other bereaved families. There was silence of a different kind from the pro-Beijing camp. And from the Government, which sent no official to attend the debate. The only dissenting voice with the courage to stand up and explain himself was Liberal Party chairman James Tien Pei-chun, who acknowledged the scar the massacre had left on China but spoke of the changes there, saying life moves on so his party would be abstaining. It cut little ice with Mr Szeto. The 1989 student movement had been against corruption, he pointed out, but now it was worse than ever. So the fight must go on. It was left to Lee Chuek-yan to ask the silent ones what had happened to the eloquence so much in evidence in last week's Taiwan debate. Indeed, Philip Wong Yu-hong was moved to speak in Putonghua. That should be worth a few brownie points. But there's a consistency to their attitude. If you're prepared to sanction the re-unification of compatriots across the Taiwan Strait by military force, can you really complain about letting loose a few tanks on recalcitrant students? Especially since, according to a spokesman for the mainland's top prosecution office last year, it is all 'a fabrication' drummed up by 'so-called family members'. The usual democratic stalwarts supported Mr Szeto, but his zeal still outshines the rest. In the magic mirror of conscience, his face is fairest of them all.