Democrat Martin Lee Chu-ming released his own version of the Jack London poem quoted in the speech, saying it could be applied to Mr Patten's view of the provisional legislature. London's original was: I would rather be ashes than dust, I would rather my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze, Than it should be stifled in dry rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, with every atom of me in magnificent glow, Than a sleepy and permanent planet. Mr Lee's modified version read I would rather that it be stifled in dry rot, but if it isn't, Then I would rather let its glow be not longer than that of a meteor. But as every atom of me feels sleepy, I'll just watch and do nothing.