Now that the democratic camp has settled on a way to force the democracy issue in Hong Kong this year, the only question left is, will people still care? In two weeks time, half of the city’s Democrats (the megaphone banana boys at the League of Social Democrats and the regal barristers in the Civic Party, to be precise) will resign their seats at Legco, thus triggering a by-election that will put the focus squarely on bringing democracy to Hong Kong as soon as possible. The trouble is people may not be too bothered to come out in big numbers to vote. Then we’re looking at a classic backfire scenario where we have our anti-establishment legislators replaced with Beijing-bots. We’re not being overly pessimistic—Democracy, once the bright light at the end of the protester tunnel here, has lost its sexy luster in recent years. For one thing, Beijing has been routinely rolling back the deployment date—even for a submissive, there’s got to be some kind of pay-off after a decade or so of denial. And the Democrats themselves haven’t exactly been tarting the concept up either, with endless internecine squabbling about “soft” promises. As far as sexy goes, they actually had a “scandal” last fall wherein the Democratic Party leader FAILED to have a sexual relationship with a member of his staff. So they’re definitely starting in the hole. But what can they do to sex it up a little, aside from waiting for Tanya Chan to finally take off her glasses, let her hair down and blossom from buttoned-down-but-secretly-hot nerd to bona fide sexpot à la “She’s All That”? Everything that comes to mind is decidedly unsexy: the police photographing Longhair’s tattoos behind closed doors? Albert Ho taking to the podium to deliver a soaring oratory that stirs the spirits and awakens a generation, a sort of Kongified Barack Obama? At least the Choi Yuen Tsuen villagers who are trying to stop the government from building their unnecessary $66.8 billion train through their village have taken a stab at hooking into the zeitgeist when they likened themselves to the natives in “Avatar” and protested outside of a cinema recently. Say, maybe they’re on to something... the whole by-election needs a James Cameron touch! We can see it now... Christina Chan painted blue, Mad Dog in Alien suit complete with chestburster, Donald Tsang going down with the sinking ship as Hong Kong finally holds its government accountable for the rapidly widening rich-poor gap, the unnecessary and wasteful infrastructure, the monopolies, the rampant pollution and the general lack of vision. Pity that it’d take 3D IMAX to make people realize it.