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    1. October 20, 2014

      Sir John Hoskyns: Tory adviser who called Thatcher ‘incompetent’

      Sir John Hoskyns, who has died aged 87, was a businessman who became the pugnacious first head of Margaret Thatcher’s policy...

    2. October 9, 2014

      Lord Bell’s textbook for old school public relations

      “Everyone’s entitled to put their point of view across,” says Lord Bell, reclining at his desk near London’s Sloane Square,...

    1. September 2, 2014

      Patten criticises UK over failure to act on Hong Kong reforms

      Chris Patten, the former governor of Hong Kong, is leading criticism of David Cameron’s government for failing to criticise...

    2. July 10, 2014

      Patten answers calling from the Vatican

      It is just two months since major heart surgery forced Chris Patten to step down as chairman of the BBC Trust – a largely...

    3. July 9, 2014

      Pontiff’s radical overhaul aims to sweep away years of scandal

      The shake-up of the Vatican’s administration, unveiled by Pope Francis on Wednesday, marks his most ambitious attempt yet to...

    4. July 9, 2014

      Vatican unveils financial and media shake-up

      Pope Francis has hired a former European fund manager and a British lord as part of a sweeping overhaul of the Vatican’s...

    5. July 4, 2014

      Hong Kong: rebellious mood grows against Beijing

      Seventeen years ago this week, in a rain-sodden ceremony of pomp and solemnity, the Union Jack was lowered over Hong Kong...

    6. July 4, 2014

      Patten attacks China over Hong Kong judiciary remarks

      Chris Patten, the former British governor of Hong Kong, has waded into a heated debate about the territory’s relationship...

    7. June 23, 2014

      BBC television output ‘too safe’, says Trust candidate Diana Coyle

      The BBC’s main television channel can “feel too predictable” and “plays it too safe” with some peak-time shows, the acting...

    8. June 18, 2014

      Patten urges Merkel to back down on Juncker’s EU boss candidacy

      Chris Patten, the former EU foreign affairs commissioner, has urged Angela Merkel not to box David Cameron into a corner at...

    9. May 7, 2014

      Lord Patten endured three relentless years at helm of BBC Trust

      Lord Patten once turned down a graduate traineeship at the BBC. If he had known how much trouble chairing the BBC Trust was...

    10. September 11, 2013

      Politicians are responsible for the BBC’s infighting

      In principle, I favour the separation of chairmen and chief executives, but when they have to be physically separated in...

    11. Westminster Blog

      September 9, 2013

      MPs question BBC pay offs

      This is the transcript of the Live Blog session ending at 18:04 on 9 Sep 2013. (c) PA Mr Thompson giving evidence Senior BBC...

    12. The A-List

      September 9, 2013

      Abolish the BBC Trust before it does more damage

      The ghost of Tony Blair has haunted the corridors of the Westminster parliament for the past two weeks. David Cameron...

    13. December 20, 2012

      BBC considers partial recoup of pay-off

      The BBC Trust is examining ways to recoup some of the £450,000 pay-off for George Entwistle, the short-lived former...

    14. October 16, 2012

      BBC picks heads of Savile inquiries

      The BBC has appointed Dame Janet Smith, the former High Court judge, and Nick Pollard, the former head of Sky News, to lead...

    15. October 10, 2012

      BBC asked to check child safety policies

      Chris Patten, the chairman of the BBC Trust, has asked that the broadcaster’s child protection and sexual harassment...

    16. July 6, 2012

      Beeb’s new leader and an empire under siege

      White smoke puffed from the BBC’s chimney on Thursday, as the chairman, Chris Patten, unveiled its new director-general to...

    17. April 7, 2012

      How the Chinese see the west will become more important

      From Mr Nigel Cox. Sir, Is the UK or Great Britain, or even England, as ancient a nation as China? Chris Patten (“Chinese...

    18. April 6, 2012

      Mark Thompson

      Waiting for Mark Thompson in the reception area of Broadcasting House, I am seized by the sudden conviction that I am...

    19. March 19, 2012

      Mark Thompson to leave BBC after Olympics

      Mark Thompson will step down as BBC director-general after this summer’s London Olympics. The 54-year-old has headed the...

    20. February 24, 2012

      Enlightenment for sale

      What Are Universities For?, by Stefan Collini, Penguin, RRP£9.99, 240 pages In recent years publishers have taken...

    21. December 8, 2011

      Time for Britain to summon spirit of Agincourt

      From Mr J. Gordon Bonnyman. Sir, One might have thought now is the time for Britain to make a cold calculation of what is in...

    22. December 7, 2011

      Beckett’s advice for the US public

      From Lord Patten of Barnes. Sir, Edward Luce (“Now on Broadway! Waiting for Euro”, December 5) suggests a couple of lines...

    23. October 14, 2011

      Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

      When Chinese historians are able one day to ply their subversive trade without control or censorship, their judgment will...

    24. September 12, 2011

      Tiananmen anniversary: Vigil for the dead takes on an extra edge

      Causeway Bay is usually a neon-lit stage for what the US author Joan Didion once described as Hong Kong’s “visual poem of...

    25. July 25, 2011

      Now for a slimmer, more distinctive BBC

      The BBC has been enjoying Rupert Murdoch’s troubles. In the humbling of News Corp, it has cheered the despatch of an...

    26. July 3, 2011

      Patten asks Ofcom to assess BBC proposals

      The new chairman of the BBC Trust, the broadcaster’s sovereign body, has asked Ofcom to take a lead role in deciding whether...

    27. June 8, 2011

      A degree of fame is the ticket to success

      The philosopher A.C. Grayling has announced plans for a new private college of humanities stuffed to the gills with...

    28. June 4, 2011

      Cultural Revolution was reassessed by Chinese

      From Dr Henry A. Kissinger. Sir, Lord Patten, in his review of On China (“Fateful embrace”, Life & Arts, May 28), describes...

    29. May 27, 2011

      Fateful embrace

      Mao Zedong and Richard Nixon On China, by Henry Kissinger, Allen Lane, RRP£30, Penguin Press, RRP$36, 608 pages No one can...

    30. Westminster Blog

      March 30, 2011

      Jeremy Hunt has not borrowed a library book for over a decade

      When the new chair of the BBC, Chris Patten, admitted he was not a fan of TV soap operas it caused a mild ripple. His...

    31. March 12, 2011

      Qing, Soong and China’s future

      From Ms Sue Smoot. Sir, Chris Patten’s review of The Scramble for China (“China in their hands”, Life & Arts, March 5) sent...

    32. March 12, 2011

      LSE runners and riders line up

      Wanted: a world-class academic with management expertise, brilliant presentational skills, a top networking touch, media...

    33. Brussels Blog

      December 9, 2010

      WikiLeaks and the EU: Beggaring thy neighbours

      Among the more revealing EU-related disclosures in the WikiLeaks trove are not about Washington’s view of the European...

    34. Westminster Blog

      November 8, 2010

      The full list of David Cameron's business envoys

      David Cameron has just unveiled the full list of unpaid trade ambassadors working on his behalf around the world. I’ve put...

    35. September 13, 2010

      Rose set for private equity after M&S exit

      Sir Stuart Rose is to join private equity group Bridgepoint as an adviser in the first new job for the outgoing Marks and...

    36. August 10, 2010

      Two-state solution is lacking viability

      From Dr John Ure. Sir, Chris Patten (Comment, July 29) is good at calling a spade a spade when he makes the case for a...

    37. July 28, 2010

      To avert disaster, stop isolating Hamas

      As we all know, peace will come to the Middle East when Israel and Palestine agree to a two-state solution, with a viable...

    38. Westminster Blog

      July 21, 2010

      Obama and Cameron do dinner

      By George Parker, political editor David Cameron was still glowing last night after his three-hour bonding session with...

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