Do Hong Kong's political democrats ever have fun? You've got to wonder. They seem invariably so glum, so driven, so earnest. They are so concerned, so deeply, so often about so many issues that you can't imagine the pan-democratic Legco members letting themselves go with a pint of beer and a good belly laugh. Saving the world for political correctness seems a most serious business. Can you imagine going to a barbecue with a bunch of ardent Legco democrats? Boy, what fun! You could singe the steaks and have a jolly time debating the Hong Kong fiscal reserves, arguing about which bunch of layabouts and social workers are going to get lavish payouts of public money. Or you could head out to the islands on a junk and spend a sunny Sunday discussing obscure points of the Basic Law. Almost all democrats seem preoccupied with weighty matters. The sole exception is 'Long Hair' Leung Kwok-hung. Now here's a fellow who enjoys life. He knows his beer and guzzles it with enthusiasm. He's got girlfriends and a lively social life. Of course, if you spend a day with Long Hair, there's a fair chance that the entertainment would include staging a major illegal demonstration and ending up in the cells. But that would be preferable to a day spent with the grimly officious James To Kun-sun or the determinedly self-righteous Albert Ho Chun-yan. The doyen of democrats, top lawyer Martin Lee Chu-ming, is a devout Christian from a wealthy family. An admirable man, doubtless, but you can't visualise the aloof Mr Lee slapping his thigh and chuckling at a saucy joke. His idea of a rollicking good time seems to be leaping on a Washington-bound aircraft to plead for support for 'democracy'. The fellows from whom he seeks such aid are the same crowd who hold foreigners in concentration camps without access to lawyers. They can teach us? And can you imagine going out for a few drinks with Emily Lau Wai-hing? Ms Lau seems endlessly consumed with rage and indignation. Her tirades on RTHK swell in volume and shrillness. No single-issue woman is Ms Lau; her angry outrage embraces every fashionable cause on the planet. Of late, however, the one-woman stridency of Ms Lau has been slightly less annoying than the droning moralising of Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee. Oh my gawd! On and on and on she moans in an endless whine on the tiniest legalist niceties, an interminable boring recitation, much of which is totally incomprehensible to the average person. Of course, her constituency is lawyers; maybe they understand her. I'm not saying the Liberals, DAB or other political parties are packed with back-slapping, wine-glugging party animals who are a barrel of laughs and constantly whooping it up. No doubt they are equally mordant and propelled by serious issues. But the Democrats seem to take delight in being endlessly bowed under huge burdens of weighty matters. Have you ever seen them laugh? Ms Lau used to be a normal human being when she and I worked together in the South China Morning Post newsroom more than three decades ago. She's still a happy person, she contends, and she wants to make others happy, which is why she dropped journalism for politics. 'I always try to relax and have fun after work and on weekends,' she explains. 'But this does not attract the attention of the news media.' The Frontier legislator Steve Leung Yiu-chung insists he has fun swimming. But he says he's happiest when he can help someone in trouble. Handling such cases brings him satisfaction. Mr Lee reckons he's a most happy fellow with a good sense of humour. 'And I bring [the sense of humour] to the courtroom and bring it to Legco proceedings,' he contends. 'I always crack jokes with my friends. When you see my face on television, I always frown because I don't like the bright lights. That's totally misleading.' Democratic Party chairman Lee Wing-tat gets his pleasure from hiking but can spare time only once every two months. Politics is a serious business and we would not want our elected representatives deciding serious issues in a Wan Chai bar. Otherwise we would be in danger of turning politics into a joke. But I would like to see our oh-so-serious democrats loosen up a little, crack a couple of jokes, grin occasionally and in general act like normal Hongkongers who get a kick out of life. Politics is a serious business. It just doesn't have to be deadly boring.