The We Society Podcast

S5 Ep7: A life of public service with Lord Chris Patten

Lord Patten of Barnes has had a formidable career where he has put ideas into action. He has been a British cabinet minister, chair of the Conservative party, European Commissioner for External Relations, Governor of Hong Kong, Chair of the BBC and most recently Chancellor of Oxford University. Taken together, it is one of Britain’s most distinguished and successful records of public service.

In the final episode of season 5 of the We Society podcast, he joins our host, Will Hutton, for a wide-ranging discussion on contemporary geopolitics, the role of social science in the UK today and his meaning of ‘we’.

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