Chief's view on relief fuels quick reply Those who complain that the relief measures have no real effect only feel that way because they earn enough not to need them. That's what Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen seemed to imply in his response to a question on the issue from tycoon-legislator James Tien Pei-chun, who definitely falls into that category. 'If we give you, Mr Tien, HK$5,000, HK$6,000 a month, that's no real use to you. It might not even be enough to pay for petrol,' he said. Mr Tien's shiny blue, gas-guzzling Porsche had no doubt caught Mr Tsang's eye in the Legco car park as he entered the building. But Mr Tsang himself was caught out when he implied he did not mind not benefiting from any of the government measures. Democratic Party member Sin Chung-kai reminded him that he benefited from the tax cuts announced in the budget - to which the chief executive smiled in acknowledgement. Northern comfort for pan-democrats They have long complained about being snubbed by Beijing, but the pan-democrats will be happy to know they have now been offered a direct line up north. Outgoing Legco President Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai, who is to start her duties as a Standing Committee member of the National People's Congress after the summer break, said she would be more accommodating to dissenting voices in Hong Kong than her predecessor, Tsang Hin-chi. 'If I jump out lambasting people whenever something happens, how can I channel a comprehensive view which reflects Hong Kong's situation to the national legislature?' Mrs Fan said. 'I have worked with the pan-democrats before. And I will continue to talk to them in the future.' A case for the different doctors Former medical sector lawmaker Lo Wing-lok has vowed he will never return to the small-circle functional constituency election. But fate appears to have decided that the infectious disease specialist cannot escape from battling against another doctor. Announcing his plan to join the Hong Kong Island race yesterday, Dr Lo was asked how he would compare himself with outgoing Medical Association vice-president Louis Shih Tai-cho. Dr Shih is expected to run in the same constituency on a team led by former security minister Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee. 'This doctor is different from that doctor,' Dr Lo said. 'Doctors are very independent and principled.' Twin approaches to partnership In seeking a catchy election slogan to impress voters, rival political parties have found themselves emphasising a similar theme - partnership - in different ways. The government-friendly Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong has picked the slogan 'Let's work together, Hong Kong deserves better' for its campaign for the Legislative Council election, while the Civic Party has gone for: 'Your civic partners, your perfect choice.' Political Animal will take a break from next week. Watch this space for tidbits from the drama ahead of September's Legislative Council election.