Chris Patten


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Christopher Francis Patten, Baron Patten of Barnes (born 12 May 1944), is a British Conservative politician and administrator. He is the current chairman of the BBC Trust, and was the last Governor of British Hong Kong.

Patten was Member of Parliament for Bath, eventually rising to a cabinet minister and party chairman. In the latter capacity, he orchestrated the Conservatives' ... more »

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  • ''In a democracy everybody has a right to be represented, including the jerks.''
    Chris Patten (b. 1944), British Conservative politician. Evening Standard (London, May 2, 1991).
  • ''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.''
    Chris Patten (b. 1944), British Conservative politician. Independent (London, April 19, 1989). Patten was secretary of state for the environment a...
  • ''There is a sort of exotic preposterousness about a lot of elections, the way arguments are made even cruder.''
    Chris Patten (b. 1944), British Conservative politician. Quoted in Observer (London, June 30, 1991). Patten was organizer of the electoral campaig...
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