Chief declines to cough up a health report It's not uncommon for people, even the very powerful, to come down with a dose of the flu. So there's probably no need to worry about the cough that plagued Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen at yesterday's announcement of a job-creation package. He wasn't giving anything away, despite being asked about his health by a reporter from a government-friendly newspaper. At the end of a briefing repeatedly interrupted by his coughs and frequent sips of water, Mr Tsang had only this non-committal response: 'Am I okay? What do you think?' Of course, Donald, it's just a little cough, but we recall what officially brought down your predecessor, Tung Chee-hwa, also at a time of painful economic downturn. He cited sore legs. Too many cooks spoil the DAB's broth We all know the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong is the biggest political party in terms of its seats in the Legislative Council, total membership and, most probably, financial resources. Less well known is that the party has 41 deputy spokesmen in 18 policy areas. And pressure for more talking heads is growing. DAB chairman Tam Yiu-chung has revealed that more than 50 aspirants have applied for speaking roles in an internal election next month. 'This is far too many,' he said. 'There will be three deputy spokespersons [on every issue] if we take them all. Things won't get focused well.' The solution: candidates will have to submit an essay and sit through an interview by party leaders. Blackberry query leaves screen blank Lawmaker Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee has frequently reached overseas for inspiration since returning to Hong Kong as a Stanford University graduate - and this time it is coming from none other than US president-elect Barack Obama. Noting that Mr Obama, for security reasons, may be forced to give up using his beloved Blackberry for e-mails after taking office, she wondered: 'Does the same arrangement apply to our Chief Executive [Donald Tsang]? Chief information officer Jeremy Godfrey, obviously unprepared for the question, replied: 'I don't know the answer because I have never received any e-mails sent by Mr Tsang. I know the chief executive is a very strong IT supporter and e-mail user, and a great believer of the efficiency it can bring. I am not sure I have the courage to ask Mr Tsang to give up using e-mails.' Games clock fails to pass the test of time Beset by what critics have coined a 'governance fiasco syndrome' after a spate of missteps, the administration may feel a sense of relief at having to deal with a simple technical problem. And we're sure it will have moved swiftly to set matters right with its 2009 East Asian Games countdown clock. Launched only four days ago, yesterday it was displaying a string of hieroglyphics. Someone needs a good ticking-off.