Chris Patten

Tory Grandee Brands 'Calamitous' Brexit An Act Of 'National Self-Harm'

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 09.10.2017 | UK

Conservative grandee Lord Patten of Barnes has branded the vote to leave the EU as the “single most calamitous example of national self-harm in my l...

Joshua Wong, Alex Chow, Nathan Law: Hong Kong's Icons Of Democracy And The Struggle For Freedom

Benedict Rogers | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK
Benedict Rogers

I lived in Hong Kong for the first five years after its handover to China. I know Hong Kong's political prisoners Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Cho...

A Former Governor, A Beauty Queen And The Daughter Of A Kidnapped Bookseller Go To Parliament: One Year On, China's Human Rights Darkness Is Darker Still

Benedict Rogers | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK
Benedict Rogers

We do not underestimate the importance of a relationship with China - economically and strategically, especially in the context of Brexit. Our argument is not that we should not engage with China. It is that in our engagement, we should not sacrifice our values, but put them centre-stage. I hope, a year after its publication, the current government will study our report seriously, implement its recommendations and listen to the voices of people like Lord Patten in shaping its China policy.

Academics' Survey Shows Little Support For Higher Education Bill

Sally Hunt | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Politics
Sally Hunt

To protect our students and the global reputation enjoyed by UK universities, we must have more rigorous quality measures applied before any new provider is allowed to access either degree awarding powers or state funding via the student loans system. And it's time for a major rethink on the Tef, which cannot be successful while so many question its value. Let's hope the minister is in listening mode.

Hong Kong Is in Urgent Need of Life Support and the United Kingdom Has a Responsibility to Act

Benedict Rogers | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Politics
Benedict Rogers

It is time for the United Kingdom to wake up and give its former colony urgent life support.

The Future of the BBC

Lord Patten | Posted 06.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Lord Patten

No-one would invent the BBC today. But thank God our predecessors did. The BBC is one of this country's greatest institutions: it developed organically, almost accidentally, but it's become a central part of the public realm without being part of the state.

China Is a Bully We Need to Stand Up To - Because No One Is Safe in China Today

Benedict Rogers | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Politics
Benedict Rogers

Like all bullies, China will respect us more if we do so - and perhaps then, there is a chance of China changing. For at the moment, twenty years after Amnesty International's report, no one is safe in China.

Universities Should Be Dangerous Places, But Not Yet

Nick Cartwright | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Politics
Nick Cartwright

For me the debate about whether the statue of Cecil Rhodes at Oriel College, Oxford should be removed encapsulates the crux of the debate and whilst many recognise that there are things to be commended in the arguments made on both sides I find myself agreeing with both sides, at the same time.

Cameron Telling Porkies Over UK Accepting Paris Veto on Patten as Commission President

Denis MacShane | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Politics
Denis MacShane

Over the weekend the official 10 Downing Street press machine told political editors that in 2004 the UK proposed Chris Patten as EU Commission President and when France objected Britain gracefully gave way...

2013: The Year the BBC Looked Like a Bogus Signer

Will Black | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK
Will Black

My view is that the BBC is simply not transmitting an accurate account of reality. Over the space of the year it has ignored significant news and spun events to present something quite different from what those involved witnessed.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Who Knew What, When?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 24.02.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Sunday 24 February 2013... 1) WHO KNEW WHAT, WHEN? Most people will not have heard of Lord Rennard, the forme...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Abu's Out

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 13.11.2012 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Tuesday 13 November... 1) ABU'S OUT "Laughing in our faces," screams the headline on the front of the Mirro...

A 40-year Grudge Match Between Patten And McAlpine?

Daily Mail | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK Politics

Chris Patten has admitted he knew about the Newsnight paedophile investigation but did not think it right to warn George Entwistle, the then director-...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Reward For Failure?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Monday 12 November... 1) A REWARD FOR FAILURE? Is the BBC its own worst enemy? The corporation didn't need t...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Gone In 55 Days

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 11.11.2012 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Sunday 11th November... 1) GONE IN 55 DAYS Poor ol' George Entwistle's decision to quit as director-general o...