Here we go again. Another would-be wannabe says she needs more time to consider whether to run for chief executive. Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, the chairwoman of the New People's Party, said that she couldn't make up her mind, for now at least. This is despite her party - and a special exploratory committee she set up last month to help her decide - saying that she should go for it. It's a case of Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai mark 2. On Sunday, Fan, who is a member of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, announced she would not run, after all. Fan's six months of dithering have cost her dearly in the popularity polls, and she deserved the pummelling she got. But at least she had the decency to quit the race that never was. Now Ip promises to follow in Fan's footsteps. Has no one told them that indecision is not the mark of a true leader? To help her decide, Ip said - with a straight face - that she would continue to canvass support from various sectors by attending public forums. Ip is the latest sequel in the theatre of the absurd that began with former chief secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen and former Executive Council convenor Leung Chun-ying. Both men have been more than happy to be billed as the frontrunners in the race to be chief executive, and began their political campaigning months ago. But neither Tang nor Leung have yet declared their candidacies. That, of course, makes a mockery of Hong Kong's election laws and the restrictions they impose on formal candidates. All this probably stems from some political kinks or backroom-bargaining glitches between the 1,200-member Election Committee - which will select the chief executive in March - and Beijing. But then, we will never know their machinations. The charade, meanwhile, continues.