Chris Patten

(Christopher Francis Patten, Baron Patten of Barnes)

Chris Patten
Chris Patten
  • Born: May 12, 1944
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Politician

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Even when they are right the French can be infuriatingly perverse or incomprehensible. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
But the ability to articulate what you are doing, to be clear about it, and to stick to it is, I think, the essence of political leadership. Leaders & Leadership
Green politics at its worst amounts to a sort of Zen fascism; less extreme, it denounces growth and seeks to stop the world so that we can all get off. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I believe in trying to get a balance between individual freedom on the one hand and social responsibility on the other. Freedom & Liberty
I don't think that capitalism should be unbridled, if by 'unbridled' you mean unregulated.
I suppose I've always carried what is regarded as a bit of unnecessary baggage in Britain. I've always carried the charge that I am an intellectual in politics. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I think that if politics is just about getting your backside on important seats, then it's a pretty worthless endeavor. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I think that what most surprises anybody who goes into politics from even a modestly cerebral background is the vulgarity of much of the cut and thrust of politics. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
In a democracy everybody has a right to be represented, including the jerks.
In democracy everyone has the right to be represented, even the jerks.
It is a sort of great Victorian truth that actually, trying to do the right thing is pretty good for you and pretty good for business as well, by and large. Truth ;Business, Commerce & Finance
It is almost always wrong that the time isn't ripe to decide something. That is always said of difficult problems. Time
So, what I say to people is that politics has got to be about principle and values above all. Of course, there are times when you have to make accommodations. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Undoubtedly, at the moment, the major cause of CO2 emission is what happens in developed countries.