Truce declared in the great pay debate Police and clerical officers have finally declared a ceasefire in their war of words over who is overpaid. On a radio show yesterday, Police Inspectors' Association chairman Tony Liu Kit-ming apologised over an open letter drumming up support for police pay claims that stated a police sergeant earned even less than a government clerk. 'As the chairman of the association, I am willing to make an apology in public for that,' Mr Liu said. The apology was apparently well received by unionist Leung Chau-ting, whose Federation of Civil Service Unions comprises clerical and civilian grades. Mr Leung said: 'Perhaps a pay comparison with the political appointees would be more appropriate. They don't even have entry requirements, like a pass in five O-level subjects.' All in the police family, relatively speaking Not many people in Hong Kong can claim a paddywagon-full of police relatives like those that Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen evoked in his plea for police to call off their pay-row protest march. And one that cannot is Barry Cheung Chun-yuen, compiler of the police grade-structure report. He admitted to 2,300 officers on Sunday that he had no relatives in the force, 'but I don't need one to know the unique nature of police duties'. One that can is Priscilla Leung Mei-fun, a lawmaker invited to the meeting, who disclosed that she had two uncles and a cousin in the force. Radio talk show hosts, meanwhile, wondered whether Mr Tsang had other family members in different careers that he could roll out if staff from other departments took to the streets. New marchers taking to the streets While pan-democrats are hoping for a record turnout in tomorrow's march for democracy, a new march titled 'Pan-democratic parties can't represent me' will be staged for the first time. Police yesterday announced that the 'Anti-pan-democrats alliance' would be among the seven groups staging public assemblies tomorrow, with members planning to march from Southorn Playground in Wan Chai to the Legislative Council building. The group's chairman 'Fat Dragon' Tony Wong, who declined to give his full name, said he expected more than 100 people to join the march in protest against pan-democrats' behaviour, such as banana-hurling and use of offensive words in the legislature by the League of Social Democrats. Mr Wong said his alliance was not related to any political party. Think tank proves a top drawcard Cynics may dub the Task Force on Economic Challenges as just another talk shop. But the top-level think tank created by the chief executive to find fresh impetus for Hong Kong's economy has arguably emerged as the best performer among similar talk shops - at least in terms of its attendance rate. Records provided to Political Animal show the average attendance rate of the nine-member group at all five meetings was nearly 90 per cent. All members attended their first meeting. Only one was absent in the other four meetings. By none-too-insidious comparison, the Commission on Strategic Development recorded an average rate of 66 per cent. Its meeting two weeks ago saw a record low turnout - about half.