GOVERNOR Chris Patten yesterday insisted Britain must not connive at agreements with China it knew to be wrong. But his remarks prompted former Downing Street foreign policy adviser Sir Percy Cradock to accuse him of striking a 'grand pose'. Mr Patten said if, after 1997, China broke agreements it had entered into, it would face international outrage. In the week of expert-level talks aimed at breaking the deadlock over the Court of Final Appeal, Mr Patten insisted: 'What would make things more dangerous for the future would be if, before 1997, we were to connive at things we knew to be wrong just to avoid an argument. 'What sort of place in history would that assign the UK? I think we could be severely criticised if we did things now that were dishonourable,' he said, on BBC Radio. But Sir Percy, who has often opposed Mr Patten's position, said recent events had 'provoked a bitter and unnecessary political quarrel which affects the whole future of Hong Kong and will leave it worse off in terms of democracy, the rule of law and the attributes of a liberal society than if Chris Patten had never left Bath'. 'What we are doing is striking a grand pose which may go down well in Britain but leaves Hong Kong people to pick up the bill,' he said. In the interview, Mr Patten was asked what would happen if China threw Democratic Party leader Martin Lee Chu-ming into prison. 'I do not believe they would do that. 'There is a huge amount of faith in Hong Kong that China will keep the agreement it has put its name to,' he said.