PUBLISHED : Saturday, 21 October, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 21 October, 1995, 12:00am

AT the end of Mr Patten's address to the Legislative Council my instinct was to applaud, as it was four years ago after his first address.

I think he is the most outstanding governor since I first came here in 1957. Why? Because he is a visionary. He looks forward to building a Hong Kong by 1997 which is even more prosperous and successful than the present Hong Kong.

He hopes for 20 months of close co-operation with the first elected Legco even though he is honest enough to state that he might consider it necessary to use his power of veto.

This was spoken not as a threat, but as a possible decision reflecting his concern for the community of Hong Kong.

He is a caring Governor - hence his willingness to go to the people to answer their queries.