'I should have done more': Chris Patten on leaving Hong Kong without democracy

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“There were flashing lights and hooting and cheering,” the last governor of Britain’s last colony recalls of the night he sailed out of Hong Kong for the very last time.

It was 1 July 1997 and as the royal yacht Britannia slipped out of Victoria Harbour and embarked upon its final, historic voyage across the South China Sea, Chris Patten kicked back with a glass of red wine.

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