Chris Patten: First Confession: A Sort of Memoir

Chris PattonChris Patten in conversation with John Bowman

In a long and distinguished career, Chris Patten has been a Westminster MP, a UK Cabinet minister, the last Governor of Hong Kong, Chairman of the BBC and Chancellor of Oxford University. In this frank memoir he uses each phase of his life as a spur to reflect upon education, America, conservatism, Ireland, China, Europe and finally the question of links between violence and religion. Of particular interest to an Irish audience will be his stewardship of the Independent Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland.

Chris Patten is currently Chancellor of Oxford University. Holding several high-ranking posts throughout his career, he has been at the centre of political life and world affairs for most of his life.

John Bowman is a historian and broadcaster.

Recorded at The Printworks at Dublin Castle on 30 September 2017.

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