Old days were best

BEFORE the arrival of Mr Chris Patten as Governor, the situation in Hongkong was fine, with a booming economy and a stable political and social climate.

After Mr Patten's arrival, Hongkong society became divided and the financial markets became very volatile.

I don't know exactly what Britain and China will discuss at their talks on the 1995 elections, but like many ordinary Hongkong people, I have one special request: please restore the situation to the pre-Patten days.

This does not necessarily mean that Mr Patten himself has to resign, but one wishes he would conduct himself more like his pragmatic predecessors, like Lord Wilson and Sir Edward Youde.

Lord Wilson and Sir Edward, among other Governors, had a fine sense of the delicate balance required to keep intact a fragile arrangement like Hongkong.