Chris Patten has cast doubts on the ability of Hong Kong's future leaders to reverse the territory's social, economic and political values. Emphasising the need for continuity, the Governor admitted he and handover leader Tung Chee-hwa held different philosophies. However, in an interview with the South China Morning Post, Mr Patten said it was unlikely 'a change of approach and attitude is going to suddenly reverse what has been happening in a city which is in flux'. Mr Patten said leaders could help mould public opinion, but added: 'It's a brave man, or a great man, who thinks you can completely reverse social, economic and political processes which are deep-rooted.' Mr Patten said it was inevitable that 'the emphasis will be on change' in the run-up to the handover. He added: 'I'm not suggesting there aren't any problems but, by and large, things have worked effectively. I would expect, after July 1, to see a great deal more emphasis on continuity.' The Governor said the last six months of transition would have gone much better if not for the provisional legislature and changes to Hong Kong's civil liberties laws. But he was pleased Hong Kong people continued to stand up for values they cherished, even within weeks of the handover. Mr Patten cited the candlelight vigil at Victoria Park on June 4, when more than 55,000 people turned up to commemorate the Tiananmen killings eight years ago. 'These are Chinese people standing up for decent values, not Western values,' he said. Despite Chinese attempts to 'get a foot in the door as soon as possible', Mr Patten said the administration had worked efficiently because of its excellent civil service. His departing words for Mr Tung would be 'good luck'. 'The whole of Hong Kong and the international community want to see him make a success of a very difficult job,' said Mr Patten. 'People know just how difficult it is. But perhaps nobody other than me knows just how sometimes impossibly difficult it is. 'So even more loudly than others, I wish him well.' On Hong Kong's people, Mr Patten said: 'I've been proud and privileged to, with my family, make my home here for the last five years. It's been the greatest honour in my political life. 'I've grown to love Hong Kong. I'm sure Hong Kong, standing up for its own way of life, will continue to be one of the great cities of the world.' Mr Patten said he had acted in good faith and wanted to be judged as having done his best. 'I hope people would think I stood up for promises and assurances in the Joint Declaration,' he said.