Chris Patten

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Chris Patten will speak about his recently released biography ‘First Confession: A Sort of Memoir’. Photograph: David Levenson/Bloomberg

The former governor of Hong Kong and British cabinet minister Chris Patten will be among the speakers at the Dublin Festival of History next month. M(...)

End of the RUC: Chris Patten, then chairman of the Independent Commission on Policing in Northern Ireland, after questioning on the commission’s actions by the DUP in 1998. Photograph: Pacemaker

It’s hard to think of a British politician held in greater affection in Ireland than Chris Patten, and difficult to imagine a more unlikely profile fo(...)

 An activist  argues with the police during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

Hong Kong marked 20 years since the handover of power over the territory from Britain to China on Saturday with a spectacular fireworks display in Vic(...)

 Chinese president Xi Jinping and new Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam after she is sworn in during her inauguration ceremony at the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre in Hong Kong, China. Photograph: Jerome Favre/EPA

Exactly two decades after Hong Kong reverted to Chinese rule, President Xi Jinping warned democracy advocates against crossing a “red line” and underm(...)

Free speech on college campuses is under threat from advancing political correctness, which increasingly dictates that the right not to be offended is given priority over freedom of speech. File photograph: iStock

Robust debate, challenging ideas, dissenting opinion and free speech. These are the central tenets of campus life - helping young people to broaden t(...)

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin: “We have been hearing for some weeks that some form of root-and-branch external review of An Garda Síochána will be commissioned. And yet . . . we have not seen any indication that such a mechanism will be established quickly.”  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Cabinet will discuss a commission to examine the Garda when it meets on Tuesday but is unlikely to reach conclusions about the proposals to invest(...)

Chris Patten: his report said the RUC should not be disbanded but should be renamed. It proposed a new badge, and that the British union flag should no longer be flown over police buildings

If the Patten Commission was able to reform policing in a bitterly divided society in Northern Ireland – as it did – then there is no reason why simil(...)

Last British governor of Hong Kong Chris Patten at handover ceremony in 1997. Photograph:  Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Arlene Foster is on a four-day visit to China this week, prostrating herself before the Dragon Throne. Her progress has been tracked by cringe-inducin(...)

The statue of Cecil Rhodes on the front of Oriel College in Oxford, as furious campaigners have vowed to fight the “outrageous” decision to keep the statue of the British colonialist on the front of the Oxford University college.  Photoagraph: Steve Parsons/PA

Oriel College Oxford has been accused of putting the money of big donors before students’ free speech after it announced that it would not remove a st(...)

Louise Richardson, Oxford university’s first female vice-chancellor. Photograph: Robert Ormerod/The New York Times

Oxford University’s two most senior figures have offered competing visions of the institution’s recruitment policies and the legacy of its traditions (...)

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