There is method behind Tsang's madness with timing of GST launch Conspiracy theorists are running wild over the seemingly suicidal timing of the launch of a consultation on the goods and services tax (GST) late in the term of Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen. Hard on the heels of the theory that Mr Tsang is using it to head off any challenge from Financial Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen, the man taking most of the heat over the unpopular tax, is a new one: it is a ploy to give Mr Tsang a popularity boost in his next term. 'There's no better timing,' says a high-flier close to Mr Tsang's cabinet, admitting the benefit of hindsight. 'Would Donald be so silly to float the idea of GST as one of his first tasks after being re-elected next year? That may turn out to be a good time for him to drop the unpopular idea to boost his popularity,' he quipped, noting that because of the timing, no decision can be made in the current term. Is Donald really so devious? We'll probably never know for sure. But one thing is for sure: there's nothing so devious as the mind of a conspiracy theorist, with or without hindsight. Down-to-earth advice for leader Putting aside the conspiracy theory, veteran politician Allen Lee Peng-fei has offered a piece of down-to-earth advice to Mr Tang on GST: let's start it all over again. 'I don't know what's going on in the Executive Council now,' said the former Exco member. 'In the old days, we wouldn't let such a poorly written consultation paper go through Exco. 'You have to propose other options and make clear what the government prefers ... And then where are the Exco members? Why did no one come out to support a GST?' UK keeps tabs on democracy, says visitor Donald Tsang has a visitor - Britain's Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, who is secretary of state for constitutional affairs. While the pair are expected to discuss matters concerning the common law system during a meeting this afternoon at Government House, the senior cabinet minister hinted that Britain is still keeping a close watch on its former colony's democratic development. He will also meet Secretary for Justice Wong Yan-lung and Chief Justice Andrew Li Kwok-nang during his three-day visit. Calling the right shots at the right time It may not reflect nicely on the government, but Wilson Fung Wing-yip, the Deputy Secretary for Home Affairs who is to quit tomorrow for an offer at the Productivity Council, has a track record of calling the right shots at the right time. Informants told Political Animal the 43-year-old recently yielded more than HK$15 million in profits from a property investment he made during the Sars outbreak in 2003. In yet another example of Mr Fung's scrupulous planning, he has made sure his wife, Betty Fung Ching Suk-yee, stays in the civil service. This could at least provide a safe financial cushion for the three-member family.