10 Questions For Chris Patten

Chris Patten's always been a busy man: former chairman of Britain's Conservative Party, Governor of Hong Kong, Europe's External Relations Commissioner. At 61, he's in the House of Lords and chancellor of Oxford University. Now he's published Not Quite the Diplomat , a learned romp through the lessons of a life in politics. He spoke with Time 's J.F.O. McAllister.

you're very critical of tony blair. He's an extremely talented politician, articulate and intelligent, and brilliant at the more vulgar end of empathizing. But I think he's deeply superficial. He skids across the surface of issues....

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