Ip Kwok-him, of the DAB, must have breathed a sign of relief this week when 'Long Hair' Leung Kwok-hung was yet again hauled into court, this time for contempt of Legco over a disturbance he allegedly caused in the august chamber in February. The rent-a-protest veteran Marxist was planning to run in the Western district election in November against the ever-popular district councillor and legislator of the Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong. Mr Ip and his party have taken a beating in polls lately for their die-hard support and then abrupt U-turn on Article 23. It would be mightily embarrassing for the DAB if Long Hair got a chunk of votes from constituents keen to register their displeasure with the party. Fortunately, there is the small matter of Leung having to defend himself at Western Court on October 15, and he didn't sound terribly optimistic when he spoke to Lo Down. 'I usually get 14 days in jail for this kind of charge,' he said. 'So say I get out at the end of October - there won't be time to register for the election.' Don't give up, Long Hair. Go for the big prize - the Legco election is next September.