Chris Patten

British politician and colonial administrator (born 1944)

Christopher Francis Patten, Baron Patten of Barnes, CH, PC (born 12 May 1944) is a British Conservative politician and administrator. He is the current chairman of the BBC Trust, and was the last Governor of Hong Kong (1992–1997).

Christopher Patten.

QuotesEdit

  • As governor, I experienced the vitality of life in a booming and free Asian city, saw routinely the best and worst aspects of human nature, and was made to revisit some of the principles in which I have always believed but to which I had rarely given much thought previously. In the darker hours of occasionally fretful nights I found myself face to face with the moral dimensions of political action to a greater extent than ever before.
    • Chris Patten, East and West: The Last Governor of Hong Kong on Power, Freedom and the Future, Pan Books, second edition, 1999, page 3.
  • [About Hong Kong:] No other place has quite the same blend of East and West, ancient and modern, spectacular and humdrum.
    • Chris Patten, East and West: The Last Governor of Hong Kong on Power, Freedom and the Future, Pan Books, second edition, 1999, page 19.
  • It is not unusual for electorates to want contradictory things, and politicians often make promises accordingly.
    • Chris Patten, East and West: The Last Governor of Hong Kong on Power, Freedom and the Future, Pan Books, second edition, 1999, page 45.
  • Nevertheless, it is true that on 1 July 1997 Hong Kong became the only example of decolonization deliberately accompanied by less democracy and a weaker protection of civil liberties. This was a cause for profound regret, especially for the departing colonial power. But it was China's doing and China's decision. I am pleased that Britain narrowly avoided complicity in the dishonourable act of denying the citizens of free Hong Kong what they had been promised in 1984.
    • Chris Patten, East and West: The Last Governor of Hong Kong on Power, Freedom and the Future, Pan Books, second edition, 1999, page 83.
  • Asians [...] put more emphasis on order, stability, hierarchy, family and self-discipline than Westerners do.
    • Chris Patten, East and West: The Last Governor of Hong Kong on Power, Freedom and the Future, Pan Books, second edition, 1999, page 150.
  • “[Democracy] is obviously an issue which is hugely important to a new generation [of Hongkongers]”

– Chris Patten, on Hong Kong twenty years after the handover

  • “You know perfectly well there have been attacks on the rule of law, on the independence of the judiciary; abductions around Hong Kong streets; suggestions that Hong Kong’s autonomy needs to be curtailed in the future; suggestions that the autonomy of Hong Kong’s tremendous universities is something that has to be looked at again; there is a sense that free speech is under threat.”

– Chris Patten, on Hong Kong twenty years after the handover

  • “Xi Jinping and his court have regarded Hong Kong and Hong Kong’s freedoms as an existential problem for them because Hong Kong represents so much of what they dislike.”

– Chris Patten, addressing the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Hong Kong, May 2020

  • “It matters to everyone of us that the press tell it as it is, not as the government wants us to hear.”

Chris Patten, addressing the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Hong Kong, May 2020

About PattenEdit

  • "whore", "sinner for a thousand years"

Lu Ping, director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office (HKMAO) 1990–1997, for introducing democratic reforms in Hong Kong.

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