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Chris Patten

Christopher Francis Patten, Baron Patten of Barnes, is a British politician who was the 28th and last Governor of Hong Kong from 1992 to 1997 and Chairman of the Conservative Party from 1990 to 1992. He was made a life peer in 2005 and has been Chancellor of the University of Oxford since 2003.

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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.
In democracy everyone has the right to be represented, even the jerks.
Undoubtedly, at the moment, the major cause of CO2 emission is what happens in developed countries. — © Chris Patten
Undoubtedly, at the moment, the major cause of CO2 emission is what happens in developed countries.
I think that if politics is just about getting your backside on important seats, then it's a pretty worthless endeavor.
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.
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.
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.
In a democracy everybody has a right to be represented, including the jerks.
I believe in trying to get a balance between individual freedom on the one hand and social responsibility on the other.
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.
It is almost always wrong that the time isn't ripe to decide something. That is always said of difficult problems.
I don't think that capitalism should be unbridled, if by 'unbridled' you mean unregulated.
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.
Throwing young men out of work, throwing people into poverty and ending business life don't promote stability in the Palestinian territories,.
There is a sort of exotic preposterousness about a lot of elections, the way arguments are made even cruder.
It'd make a wonderful change to have the leader of a pluralist democracy who acted on that, who told people just how tough things are going to be, just what's going to have to be done - and, maybe, ran all the risks on the side of honesty, rather than spinning stories and trying to win the headlines every day.
Those of us who had a perfectly happy childhood should be able to sue for deprivation of literary royalties.
Hong Kong represents the kind of Asia with which both West and East are comfortable... It offers, in that sense, a vision for the future of Asia.
We're not trying to recreate Yugoslavia
All parts of the society need to feel that the police service is their police service, and that does not happen unless all parts of society are represented in the police
I don't think that capitalism should be unbridled, if by "unbridled" you mean unregulated.
We have our own system, ... and journalists in our system are not put in prison for embarrassing the government by revealing things the government might not wish to have revealed. The important thing is that our system, under which journalists can write without fear or favor, should continue.
Hong Kong's people will get what they want, despite China's objections. Freedom invariably wins in the end. — © Chris Patten
Hong Kong's people will get what they want, despite China's objections. Freedom invariably wins in the end.
Anyone who supposed that when Margaret Thatcher left Number Ten she was going to take a Trappist vow did not know that formidable politician.
It behaves more like a tribe than a democratic institution...responding to custom rather than reason and using its own liturgy and language for the conduct of its domestic affairs.
Of course, there were huge disagreements in the arguments of military intervention, .. There is no point at the moment on focusing on those disagreements.
Multilateralism is not an easy option. We're going to find that the world is very difficult. And relationships between America and the rest of the world are very difficult.
It is curious that atheists have proved to be so intolerant of those who have a faith.
You don't have to wait until people say they accept everything you say until you are actually prepared to sit down and discuss matters with them.
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