THE Governor, Mr Chris Patten, was compared to a prostitute yesterday, as China stepped up its campaign to force his removal from the territory. A signed commentary in Shanghai's Liberation Daily lambasted Mr Patten for being a descendant of ''stinking colonialism'' which is the ''garbage of history''. ''Under a democratic and civilised system, the true nature of colonialism cannot avoid wriggling about to make trouble,'' the newspaper said. ''This time it has been nakedly revealed in the person of Chris Patten.'' The commentary said certain people in the British Government had unwisely supported Mr Patten in order to save the Governor's face, but were actually doing a disservice to Britain's international reputation. It accused Mr Patten of wanting to create obstacles for Hongkong's smooth transition under the pretext of giving democracy to the territory. But Britain had done nothing for Hongkong's democratisation over the past 100-odd years, it said. ''It is just like a prostitute who has been offering her body for money for a lifetime, but who now wants to call it a day and suddenly advise others to be chaste and treasure their virginity. ''Isn't Mr Patten's act similar?'' the daily said. ''The wisest thing for the British Government to do is to withdraw this offspring of colonialism, the present Governor of Hongkong Mr Chris Patten,'' it said in the first official call for his removal. ''Mr Patten has not only become an obstacle to the two countries' effort to reach an agreement, a trouble-maker in Hongkong's smooth transition, but also a sinner who has destroyed Britain's international reputation. ''The world is no longer like the 19th century when what the colonialists said went,'' said the commentary. ''China is no longer a country which will do according to the orders of others or give way on a question of sovereignty, which is a matter of principle.'' It also warned not to internationalise the Hongkong problem. ''Some people still vainly hope to excite some international forces that have colonialist attitudes to exert pressure on China,'' it said. ''This is the height of absurdity. ''Could 1.2 billion Chinese people be moved on a question of sovereignty by any pressure?'' it asked.