Not Quite the Diplomat - Home Truths About World Affairs

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 July, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 July, 2006, 12:00am

Not Quite the Diplomat - Home Truths About World Affairs

by Chris Patten

Penguin, $135

As Hong Kong governor, Chris Patten took the family one Lunar New Year to the Amanpulo resort in the Philippines, 'and it's the only time I've stayed in the sort of luxury to which my children would have loved to become accustomed'. Patten, who passed a European Commission meeting counting how many hours he had left if he lived to be 75, thinks fondly of 'silvery sandy beaches'. Not Quite the Diplomat, which The Observer calls 'the best book written about the EU in English for many years', is a call for the European Union, Britain and the US to get their collective acts together to shape a world that will soon have to absorb China and India as major economic forces. And it's best done without European dithering, apologist Blairites and the scarily militaristic unilateralism of a neo-conservative US that has, Patten laments, irrevocably changed. The last governor will be in Hong Kong to launch the paperback edition of Not Quite the Diplomat from Friday.


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