Chris Patten

Don’t blame the students. They’re a product of a Britain that’s losing its love of free speech

18 January 2016 16:47

In the past 12 months a curious thing has happened: student politics, for decades the most irrelevant, cut-off sphere of public…

An adult has finally intervened in the childish Cecil Rhodes debate

14 January 2016 17:26

I’ve never had much time for Chris Patten, generally disliking the Tory Europhile and late Roy Jenkins impersonator.  But the…

Chris Patten keeps failing upwards – now he’s advising the Pope. Poor Pope.

10 July 2014 8:24

There is a wearying inevitability to the announcement that Pope Francis’s reforms of the Vatican media will be overseen by…

The millions in EU funding the BBC tried to hide

28 February 2014 17:41

Over the last three years the BBC has secretly obtained millions of pounds in grants from the European Union. Licence fee…

The Pollard penny drops for Lord Patten

12 December 2013 12:48

When the Pollard Report into the BBC Jimmy Savile abuse affair was published in December 2012, BBC Trust Chairman Lord…

James Harding’s right: the BBC must do some ‘accountability journalism’, but on the Savile scandal report

5 December 2013 12:13

Director of BBC News James Harding made a fascinating speech on Wednesday, setting out his mission statement for the Corporation’s newsroom:…

A mysterious Patten emerging

22 October 2013 18:22

Lord Patten, the Chairman of the BBC Trust, rarely looks thrilled when being scrutinised, but he was particularly grumpy in…

Ken Clarke the pragmatist suspends his pugilism over EU

18 June 2013 14:29

It’s said that Ken Clarke would cross a motorway to pick a fight with a political opponent. His aggression is…

Tony Hall appointed Director General of the BBC

22 November 2012 12:04

It seems that Lord Patten has been reading the Spectator: Lord Hall, the BBC’s former director of news and the man who…

Oxford students: Chris Patten needs to devote time to being our Chancellor

14 November 2012 15:54

As students at Oxford University, we are told repeatedly by tutors, proctors, and the Chancellor himself that we’re not allowed…

The BBC saga distracts from Abu Qatada deportation and bail decision

12 November 2012 13:20

The decision to award George Entwistle a £1.3 million payoff appears, as my colleague Rod Liddle notes, to have misjudged…

George Entwistle’s parting gift

12 November 2012 9:50

Have to say, I wish I’d got a year’s salary plus pension when I made an, er, dignified resignation from…

Chaos at the BBC

12 November 2012 9:13

The BBC crisis continues to dominate the airwaves. George Entwistle’s £1.3 million payoff has set outraged tongues wagging. Tim Montgomerie…

A crisis, yes. But let’s not all shoot the BBC.

11 November 2012 10:51

I have just returned from two hours of broadcasting on the BBC World Service. It is an odd time to…

Chris Patten claims he has a ‘grip’ on the BBC’s crisis

11 November 2012 10:23

Chris Patten has just appeared on the Andrew Marr Show to discuss the resignation of George Entwistle and to evaluate…

Chris Patten: a big disappointment all round

27 September 2011 12:08

Chris Patten has held almost every great and good job the great and the good can offer: Governor of Hong…

The university funding debate continued

16 August 2010 17:58

University funding is beginning to dominate op-ed pages. Yesterday, Matthew d’Ancona put the case for a graduate tax from the…

Is the real love affair between Fat Pang and Dave?

29 July 2010 18:30

We know that Chris Patten is advising David Cameron over the Pope’s visit – the Spectator interviewed him in that…