Votes worth less than cigarettes Now that prisoners will soon be allowed to vote, one might automatically assume the League of Social Democrats stands to benefit because of its leader Wong Yuk-man's rage-against-the-machine image. But despite the group's expressed intention to cultivate more support among what Mr Wong called 'the bad boys', he said that to his knowledge most of the triad bosses had asked their minions to vote for the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong during past elections, in a bid to appease Beijing. 'A pack of cigarettes can buy much more than a vote in jail,' said his colleague Leung Kwok-hung, who has served time behind bars himself for his social activism. But surprisingly, DAB vice-chairman Ip Kwok-him claimed that his party would 'give up' lobbying support among the city's thousands of prisoners. 'Who would want to canvass for votes in jail?' Mr Ip said. Ex-rat catcher turns her attention to the dead First she was a killer of rats; now the hit list has extended to dead people. Priscilla Leung Mei-fun, who was made famous for her campaign to rid West Kowloon of rats during the Legislative Council election, is now spearheading the rooting out of what she called an uncontrollable spread of ash-urn houses in residential buildings in Hung Hom. Dr Leung said many had spent sleepless nights because of the nuisance caused by funeral rites and incense smoke. But exactly how many such establishments are affecting residents? 'Just far too many,' she said. Lawmaker persists with YouTube Angry Hongkongers stranded in Thailand complained of the government's slow decision on charter flights. Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen talked of his 'friend-foe' governance approach. Those are among the images and sound bites in a video prepared by Frontier-turned-Democratic legislator Emily Lau Wai-hing in her campaign for the post of vice-chairman in a party election scheduled for next week. The short video, posted on YouTube and distributed to Democratic Party members and the media, contained footage of Ms Lau's debut in the 1991 Legco election and a recent speech at Legco on universal suffrage. Its message is simple: why I persist over universal suffrage for 20 years. Legislators leave it late to come clean There was a last-minute rush of lawmakers seeking to come clean as they cast their vote on a motion for a government waiver over a foreign-maid levy. Lam Tai-fai, who represents the industrial sector, made one more declaration of his link with a textile body, which benefits from a retraining board funded by the levy. It follows a late round of declarations by members on various connections, including their employment of maids.