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Chris Patten

NATO, Russia, China and the UN Should Join to Fight ISIS

Lord Patten | Posted 11.23.2015 | World
Lord Patten

LONDON -- I recently traveled to Paris from London. It takes two and a half hours by train. We are neighbors, our histories and populations intertwined. My 10-year-old granddaughter will go there this week with her parents as a birthday treat. She loves everything she has learned about Paris. So, like other Londoners, and citizens of free societies everywhere, she was horrified by the recent atrocities there. I suppose, she said, it could have happened here.

Can the West Stand Up to Illiberal States?

Lord Patten | Posted 02.15.2015 | World
Lord Patten

With the world's most successful democracies obsessed with recent failures, international politics has drifted toward more dangerous potential outcomes. Sensible deterrence, bold efforts to reform international institutions, and a readiness to fulfill responsibilities have all fallen victim to the West's exaggerated sense of failure and political stalemate.

Hong Kong's Last British Governor Has Key Fact Wrong About Protests

Editorial Board, | Posted 12.06.2014 | World
Editorial Board,

While Lord Patten has the nerve of comparing Hong Kong to Iran in terms of vetting candidates, it's interesting to note that the oldest democracy in the world doesn't conform to the kind of universal suffrage Lord Patten and his friends in Hong Kong are pushing for. The prime minister of Britain is neither elected by "one person, one vote" from all the voters, nor nominated by "civic nomination," but chosen by his or her own party. If Lord Patten truly believes that should be the way to go in Hong Kong, perhaps he should start advocating at home first.

The Way Ahead in Hong Kong

Lord Patten | Posted 12.05.2014 | World
Lord Patten

As early as 1993, China's chief negotiator on Hong Kong, Lu Ping, told the newspaper People's Daily, "The [method of universal suffrage] should be reported to [China's Parliament] for the record, whereas the central government's agreement is not necessary. How Hong Kong develops its democracy in the future is completely within the sphere of the autonomy of Hong Kong. The central government will not interfere."

Britain Is Honor Bound To Speak Up For Hong Kong

The Financial Times | Chris Patten | Posted 09.02.2014 | World

The former British colony of Hong Kong has all the attributes of a liberal society except one: its people lack the ability to choose who governs them....

Chris Patten's Last Tango in Hong Kong

Editorial Board, | Posted 09.16.2014 | World
Editorial Board,

The late John Walden, director of home affairs in the colonial government until the early 1980s, lived through this British hypocrisy most of his life. Calling the late introduction of democracy to Hong Kong a "grand illusion," Mr. Walden said it all in a speech in 1985: "If I personally find it difficult to believe in the sincerity of this sudden and unexpected official enthusiasm for democratic politics it is because throughout the 30 years I was an official myself, from 1951 to 1981, 'democracy' was a dirty word. Officials were convinced that the introduction of democratic politics into Hong Kong would be the quickest and surest way to ruin Hong Kong's economy and create social and political instability."

Patten Attacks China Over Hong Kong Judiciary Remarks

The Financial Times | Demetri Sevastopulo and Kiran Stacey | Posted 07.04.2014 | World

Chris Patten, the former British governor of Hong Kong, has waded into a heated debate about the territory’s relationship with Beijing by accusing C...

NYT Chief In A New Scandal At His Old Job

Reuters | Posted 11.09.2013 | Media

* British lawmakers: BBC severance payments excessive * Thompson says payments represented value for money * Chairwoman:...

'Tsunami Of Filth' Rocks The BBC

Reuters | Posted 12.25.2012 | Media

* UK police say number of victims now reaches 300 * 114 allegations of sex crimes made so far * "Tsunami of filth" has r...

It's Time to Ditch the Dumbing Down and Start the Wising Up

Christina Patterson | Posted 04.02.2012 | Home
Christina Patterson

What the BBC needs to do, says Chris Patten, is "to explain, to interrogate, and to find artistic expression for the big ideas". It's time, in other words, and not just for the country's main broadcaster, to ditch the dumbing down and start the wising up.

BBC Chief Vows To Protect Treasured Service | Posted: 13 June 2011 | Posted 08.13.2011 | Media

BBC Trust chairman Chris Patten has vowed to try and protect the World Service from spending cuts, possibly at the expense of one of the broadcaster's...