Hong Kong

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:39 pm on 20th January 1988.

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Photo of Mr Robert Adley Mr Robert Adley , Christchurch 4:39 pm, 20th January 1988

Has the right hon. and learned Gentleman not slightly misunderstood the history of Hong Kong? Is not the real reason why we never introduced any fundamentally democratic institutions in Hong Kong that, whatever the paper reality, the political reality was that no governor of Hong Kong for the last 150 years dared do anything along those lines that would fly in the face of the wishes of whoever happened to be governing China at the time? Is that not the reason why nothing was done?