Last governor Chris Patten is said to be bored with his job as a European Commissioner and will step down after just one term in office. He whiles away tedious meetings by calculating how many hours he has left to live, according to London's Daily Telegraph. Mr Patten told a private dinner in Brussels the job was frustrating and there was 'no way' he was prepared to fritter away any more time than he had to in his current post. 'I couldn't give a monkey's if I put people's backs up, because that's how I feel,' the Daily Telegraph quoted him as saying. Mr Patten said a meeting of the European Commission on Wednesday was 'one of the most boring hours' he had ever spent. The meeting - to discuss intra-institutional relations - had been so excruciatingly dull, he said, he had stopped paying attention and spent his time calculating how many hours of life he would have left if he were to live another 20 years. He worked out the answer was 175,200 hours and he resolved to put them to better use than he could as a commissioner. But Mr Patten later told the BBC his remarks had been meant as a joke and had been taken out of context. He insisted his job was interesting and said he had always resolved to serve only one term until January 2005. 'I am 56 now and I will be 60 when the job is over,' he said. 'It seems to me to be perfectly sensible to decide when you are over 60 there are other things to do in life.'