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A couple of the arguments which are related to that have, of course, been blown out of the water since the Asian crash in 1997.
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After all, it's only a generation ago that Asians were fighting my own country precisely for those values, when they were fighting for there own independence.
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And it's an area where we have a particularly substantial amount of expertise in the United Kingdom because of the breadth of our colonial past.
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And that we shouldn't assume that a good relationship - it 's very important insight of Schultz's - was something which the Chinese could offer or withdraw.
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And then I stood for Parliament for Bath in 1979 and I've been in Parliament now ten years.
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And they took the view, on balance, that if they were to get lectures on the survival of tribes from anyone, maybe American politicians weren't first in the queue.
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And we had been trying to ensure, for some time before, from the time I'd become minister about three years ago, that our own aid program was environmentally friendly.
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As I mentioned earlier, I'd first been appointed as director of the Conservative research department when Ted Heath was leader of the Conservative party.
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Because of history, Hong Kong was about to become another city in China, albeit with all sorts of guarantees.
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But it didn't take very long of a Labour government to drain my persona of such social democratic sympathies as it might otherwise have had.
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But it's going to be more difficult to deal with environmental issues because so many more countries are involved.
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But the ability to articulate what you are doing, to be clear about it, and to stick to it is, I think, the essence of political leadership.
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Especially if you lecture them in a way which will occasionally seem to them to be tiresome, a threat to their sovereignty, and, dare I say, hypocritical.
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Fudge always gets up and smacks you in the face, like a custard pie. And there was a lot of fudge around as far as our position with China was concerned.
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Green politics at its worst amounts to a sort of Zen fascism; less extreme, it denounces growth and seeks to stop the world so that we can all get off.
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Harold Wilson put quite a lot of people like me to the sword, or at least put our aspirations to the sword very rapidly.
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Having been a junior minister in Ireland years ago triggered a great interest in Irish literature and Irish history.
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I actually think the Chinese have behaved with rather more sophistication about Hong Kong since the first of July that they did before.
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I also did - when I was a back-bencher MP, before I became a minister - quite a lot of journalism, so that was a help too.
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I believe in trying to get a balance between individual freedom on the one hand and social responsibility on the other.
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I couldn't understand those people who seem to think that we should believe that everywhere else, but not in Hong Kong or not in Asia.
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I did bring a different set of assumptions to the job.
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I don't think I was very successful in educating some of the diehards in the Politburo. I think there were a number of difficulties that we faced.
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I don't think that capitalism should be unbridled, if by "unbridled" you mean unregulated.
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I found a judicial system and police that had the same worries.
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I found the relativist approach to values offensive. I found the whole argument about Asian values offensive.
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I had a lot of real, raw power. I could make things happen. I could pull levers and there would be results.
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I mean, not even the New China news agency thinks that China is an island of stability.
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I ran for Parliament in 1974. Before that I'd had a spell in the Cabinet Office and the Home Office, which is our Interior Ministry.
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I saw an important part of my job as being, as it were, a bully pulpit for the liberties, the values, that go with civil society as we understand it.
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I studied history at Oxford, but I spent a considerable amount of my time editing magazines, acting, playing a lot of cricket, and not doing very much politics.
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I suppose I've always carried what is regarded as a bit of unnecessary baggage in Britain. I've always carried the charge that I am an intellectual in politics.
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I think all of those things were successes and none of them was inevitable.
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I think that all ministers are going to have to become conscious of the environmental imperatives in government.
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I think that if politics is just about getting your backside on important seats, then it's a pretty worthless endeavor.
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I think that the thing I would have done differently is not let some of the negotiation go on as long as they did. The Chinese are past masters at spinning things out.
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I think that what most surprises anybody who goes into politics from even a modestly cerebral background is the vulgarity of much of the cut and thrust of politics.
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I think there is a comparable position for an environment minister. I think that an environment minister has to be the friend of the present and the future.
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I think whether one's a superpower or a smaller power like us, you're unlikely to be able to carry conviction and earn support in a poorer country.
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I thought it was particularly important in Hong Kong because of the uncertainties, because of the way that uncertainty was sapping confidence.
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I thought that it showed a very limited knowledge of history, and I though it was also an offensive and patronizing view.
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I thought, as I have suggested, that it was ironic that Bath had had more to do with what happened in Hong Kong than the people of Hong Kong had.
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I tried to open up the way we did the job, the place we lived in, and so on, to the public. I got out among the public a great deal.
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I wanted to change the style of the governorship. That is one reason why I didn't wear those absurd clothes - I thought that they would distance one from the population.
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I was very aware of the fact that they hadn't chosen me. As a democratic politician, you could hardly not be.
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I would have probably voted Labour, if I'd had the vote in 1964, which was at the end of 13 periods of Conservative government.
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I'd always been extremely concerned about the relationship between aid and development and environmental imperatives.
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I've got the city of Bath, hardly any countryside, almost an entirely urban seat.
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In a democracy everybody has a right to be represented, including the jerks.
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In democracy everyone has the right to be represented, even the jerks.
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In my experience, the theory that we've all been brought up to believe in, in liberal democracies, actually turns out to work in practice, too.
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It is a sort of great Victorian truth that actually, trying to do the right thing is pretty good for you and pretty good for business as well, by and large.
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It is almost always wrong that the time isn't ripe to decide something. That is always said of difficult problems.
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It showed me how much he actually knew about Hong Kong and China.
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It was a marvelously interesting job, though it could be a pretty harrowing one as well.
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It's not the most elevated trade, but it requires a certain facility with words and I think I learned that at university.
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It's over a hundred years, or nearly a hundred years, since Sun Yat-sen was fighting for those things in China.
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Much better to have people cheering when we left than people shaking their fists or shaking placards at us.
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One Asian country is different from another, just as one European country is different from another.
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One retired diplomat and retired politician counseled me against going to Hong Kong on the grounds that it would be incredibly boring because there was nothing to do.
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People haven't really been challenged yet with the consequences of some of the rhetorical objectives which they say they share.
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So again, people would have a clear sense of direction and would be able to measure what we achieve each year against the targets we set ourselves.
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So it is an important part of my argument that we live in a world where trying to get it right is good for you.
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So the conservative MP who lost his seat in Bath was somehow focused on not losing the people of Hong Kong, even though he was not elected.
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So they took with a pinch of salt strong words from Americans on that subject too. I don't mean to isolate the United States in that sense.
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So they were never likely to regard what we were trying to do in Hong Kong with other than suspicion.
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So, what I say to people is that politics has got to be about principle and values above all. Of course, there are times when you have to make accommodations.
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That was a salutary thing to happen to somebody who had arrived in midlife, as it were, without having to think things through in that way.
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That's not a remotely adequate response for them to make, but it's understandable that they should occasionally see things in that way.
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The art of political education is central when you're on the cutting edge of issues like the environment.
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The Oxford Forestry Institute used to be called the Imperial Forestry Institute until a few years ago. That's now been painted over above the door.
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There was also on the back burner the whole question about how Hong Kong's laws could be brought into line with the international covenants as had been promised.
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This is a century in Europe which produced Stalin, which produced Hitler, which produced some of the greatest atrocities.
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Throughout my period as governor, public support for even the most controversial things, for which we were attacked, remained remarkably high.
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Undoubtedly, at the moment, the major cause of CO2 emission is what happens in developed countries.
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We don't have to predict what happens to the environment in those circumstances; we know.
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Well, the first thing I saw about the values we stood for is that they aren't specifically Western values. I think they are values which have a universal application.
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What had happened in British politics had far more to do with my arrival in Hong Kong than anything that had happened in Hong Kong.
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When I arrived in Hong Kong, one of the Chinese arguments was that Hong Kong was an economic city, we should forget about politics.
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