Anson Chan keeps lawmakers guessing A guessing game is being played over whether Anson Chan Fang On-sang will succumb to democrats' blandishments and stand in the Hong Kong Island by-election in December. While Democratic Party legislator Yeung Sum said quiet persuasion was still under way, a party colleague poured cold water on the idea. The anonymous member said it was highly unlikely the former chief secretary would run. 'It is more a good talking point than an election reality,' he said. A Civic Party legislator agreed, saying: 'I think the chance of her running is almost zero.' Veteran democrat Szeto Wah did not have a clue about Mrs Chan's game plan but was clear about one thing: any efforts to get him into the ring would be futile. 'Don't ever think about it,' he said. Friends and foes rally round Audrey Eu The revelation on Sunday that Civic Party legislator Audrey Eu Yuet-mee has a brain aneurysm - a ballooning of the wall of a blood vessel in the brain - brought messages of sympathy pouring in from friends and foes alike. Former security chief Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, who looks set to face a candidate backed by democrats in the Legco by-election, said she would send Ms Eu a card wishing her well and urging her to look after her health. Other democrats, because of problems with their e-mail system, only found out about her condition through the media. Fellow Civic Party member Ronny Tong Ka-wah said he had a long chat with Ms Eu two nights ago. 'She's very open in talking about it. Obviously, we all hope that she will take it easy, and not attend meetings that she need not attend. But so far, she hasn't requested to leave duties to someone else.' Ms Eu spent yesterday morning talking to children as they began a new school term. Another fateful forum for Tsang at HKU? Will Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen face a grilling when he speaks at a University of Hong Kong forum on government policy today? The Democratic Party and Civic Party, which have members among the teaching staff, said they would not send representatives. But student leaders have vowed to get tough on Mr Tsang. Student union president Wan Hon-san said the union would ask for question slots for its members. 'Our question to Mr Tsang is simple: when will he give us universal suffrage? We don't want 2012. We want it now, in 2007.' But given the forum is organised by Go Hong Kong Go, a group of Beijing loyalists led by Tam Yiu-chung, chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, Mr Tsang can expect many questioners to stick to the script. The last time Mr Tsang made an important speech in the same hall was in March 2005, when he outlined his views on administration just before declaring his candidacy to succeed Tung Chee-hwa. Food chief 'hijacks' agriculture's number plate Food and health permanent secretary Stella Hung Kwok Wai-ching has been accused of 'hijacking' the car number plate AM26. The civil service chief has received a complaint alleging the plate - held for three decades by the head of agriculture, fisheries and conservation - was taken by Mrs Hung when she changed posts. The food bureau would not say why Mrs Hung was so fond of the plate. But its loss may be a blessing in disguise for the department's new director, who now gets a more auspicious plate - AM128.