Chris Patten

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The last governor of Hong Kong Chris Patten. He claims the importance of Britain’s broader economic relationship with China is often overstated. Photograph:  Getty Images

Politicians at Westminster are divided on everything from coronavirus and Brexit to whether they should be there at all rather than working remotely. (...)

 A pro-democracy supporter is detained by riot police during an anti-government rally in Hong Kong on Sunday. Photograph: Anthony Kwan/Getty Images

Hong Kong police have used tear gas, pepper spray and water cannon on crowds after thousands took to the streets in protest against Beijing’s declarat(...)

World Health Organisation director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus meets President Xi Jinping in Beijing on January 28th. Photograph: Naohiko Hatta/Getty Images

The Covid-19 pandemic is turning the World Health Organisation (WHO) into a battleground for superpower rivalry between Beijing and Washington. Though(...)

Chris Patten delivered a lecture in Dublin in honour of the late businessman and statesman Peter Sutherland. File photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty

Former British Conservative Party chairman Chris Patten says he is “amazed” that the UK government regards a “level playing field” with the EU as “an (...)

Chris Patten: ‘Stopping more people coming in seasonally to pick potatoes  isn’t a very sophisticated way of dealing with labour market problems.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The UK’s plan to close its borders to unskilled workers and non-English speakers is “intended to catch headlines” and “satisfy popular sentiment,” Bri(...)

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong, photographed on September 21st, 2019.  Photograph: Alastair Pike/AFP/Getty Images

At the age of 20, and already a war-worn pro-democracy activist, Joshua Wong would stand to attention in a courtyard each morning and shout: “Good mor(...)

Sir Hugh Orde, when  he became chief constable of the PSNI in 2002. Photograph: Paul McErlane/Reuters

Former Police Service of Northern Ireland chief constable, Sir Hugh Orde is one of the few people who actually made practical progress on dealing w(...)

Back in 2016, British prime minister Theresa May  with then foreign secretary Boris Johnson and then secretary of state for exiting the European Union David Davis (left): Chris Patten in a foreword to Cook’s book describes Davis as “breezy, open, amiable, lazy and incompetent”. Photograph:  Peter Nicholls

The word of the moment in England seems to be “spaff” or its variants, “spaffed” and “spaffing”. The Oxford English Dictionary, even in its regularly (...)

Chris Patten, Lord Patten of Barnes, being interviewed by  Harry McGee at NUI Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Standing under the tower clock in the chilly quadrangle of National University of Ireland, Galway, Chris Patten is being buffeted by two storms. The f(...)

Northern Secretary Karen Bradley: has ran a consultation on addressing the legacy of the North’s past

All investigations into unsolved killings during the Troubles should be stopped and the money saved spent on victims and survivors, some of the UK’s s(...)

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