Will police march numbers add up? The never-ending game of numbers between the police and pro-democracy activists over the turnout for rallies will take an interesting turn on Sunday when members of the disciplined force take to the streets. Lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan said he would look forward to watching how police did the headcount or, more specifically, whether they would inflate the figure or underestimate the crowd as they allegedly did in pro-democracy rallies. Police unionists are expecting a turnout of 2,000. Mr Lee said he would give his own 'guesstimate' of the number of participants in Sunday's rally. Has a legal cat been let out of the bag? Was it a slip of the tongue over something supposed to be confidential under Exco rules or a calculated attempt to scare disgruntled police unions out of taking the government to court over its pay-cut decision? Journalists were left puzzled yesterday when Executive Council member Lau Kong-wah revealed on the sidelines of a Legco session that the top body had 'thoroughly discussed' a possible judicial review against this year's government pay trend survey decision. One can only assume the conclusion is that government lawyers are confident of the legality of the pay-cut verdict. Jimmy Lai puts his spin on local news Speculation over any plan by Next Media chairman Jimmy Lai Chee-ying to venture into English-language newspapers in Hong Kong can be laid to rest. Speaking at an FCC lunch yesterday, he said: 'It's just a lost cause. Newspapers are local ... it's not what is important that counts in a newspaper. It's what is closest to your heart. If the dog that lives next to me dies, that's more important to me than the mayor who dies in the next town. I'd rather report on the dog than the mayor. That's what a newspaper is. Now, you don't have the settled English-speaking population here. All the gweilos, the foreigners become multinational - they don't care about local news. That's not what motivates them. It's just the international news.' Flu sees lunch date drop off the menu When it comes to the fight against the swine flu pandemic, the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, a major charity, has moved to cancel large-scale gatherings to avoid the spread of the disease. In a press release, it said a lunch with Director of Information Services Betty Fung Ching Suk-yee and media friends scheduled for today had been cancelled. Political Animal wonders if Mrs Fung would like to comment. Landing visas are given an airing As the Hong Kong and Taiwanese governments are enjoying warming relations, local political parties from different camps have unanimously called for visa requirements to be waived by both sides. However, the Professional Forum's Priscilla Leung Mei-fun proposed a rare alternative. Yesterday, she tabled an amendment to a motion moved by Sophie Leung Lau Yau-fun, removing her visa waiver proposal and suggesting that Taiwanese visitors to Hong Kong should be granted landing visas instead. While Liberal Party vice-chairman Tommy Cheung Yu-yan said her idea was difficult to understand, Dr Leung said she was not opposing a visa waiver, but she thought landing visas would be easier to fight for.