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彭定康最後一份施政報告演講 Chris Patten's speech on his last Policy Address in Hong Kong

彭定康最後一份施政報告演講 Chris Patten's speech on his last Policy Address in Hong Kong

Governors have lived for Hong Kong. One or two have literally died for Hong Kong. But all have found Hong Kong, in and out of office, an all-consuming interest.

 Retired to our grey and green island, past Governors have watched from afar with keen-eyed interest and, doubtless, occasional frustration as Hong Kong's history has unfolded. I shall do the same, carrying with me one frustration, gnawed by one anxiety, comforted by one certainty.

For me the frustration, the greatest in this job, is that I have not been able to put my personal view of Hong Kong's best interests to the test which legitimizes leadership in most free societies, the test of the ballot box.

 But Hong Kong has been promised that its government will develop so that that can happen one day, a day I hope I shall see and a day that I shall be delighted to put down to China's credit and to the credit of those in this territory who have stood up bravely for the people of Hong Kong.

My anxiety is this: not that this community's autonomy would be usurped by Peking, but that it could be given away bit by bit by some people in Hong Kong.

We all know that over the last couple of years we have seen decisions, taken in good faith by the Government of Hong Kong, appealed surreptitiously to Peking - decisions taken in the interests of the whole community lobbied against behind closed doors by those whose personal interests may have been adversely affected. That is damaging to Hong Kong because it draws Chinese officials into matters which should fall squarely within the autonomy of Hong Kong.

If we in Hong Kong want our autonomy, then it needs to be defended and asserted by everyone here - by businessmen, politicians, journalists, academics and other community leaders, as well as by public servants.

And what of that truth which more than anything else gives me confidence in Hong Kong? The truth is this. The qualities, the beliefs, the ideals that have made Hong Kong's present will still be here to shape Hong Kong's future.

Hong Kong, it seems to me, has always lived by the author, Jack London's credo:

"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."

Whatever the challenges ahead, nothing should bring this meteor crashing to earth, nothing should snuff out its glow. I hope that Hong Kong will take tomorrow by storm. And when it does, History will stand and cheer.


即使回到那灰濛濛的青葱島國後,還是滿心關切( ­雖然有時也會感到失望 ),遙遙關注香港的種種發展。我也不會例外,只是心裏存着一份遺­憾、一點憂慮和一個使我感到安慰的事實。







在我看來,香港一直在生活中實踐作家傑克˙倫敦(Jack LONDON)的信條:

「 寧化飛灰,不作浮塵。


彭定康最後一份施政報告演講 Chris Patten's speech on his last Policy Address in Hong Kong

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