He explained that. given the new role,
"I have to take a Sicilian vow of omerta on controversial issues for the term of my chairmanship. That makes for boring commentary: better to put down my pen."The article in question is entitled "Turkey and the Future of Europe" and it inspires no great confidence for expectations that Al Beeb, so doggedly anti-Israel, will desist in its other biases towards British membership of the European Union and towards Islam anytime soon.
For Patten demonstrated, like that other Conservative Party "wet", David Cameron, that he's gung-go about securing Turkey's admission to the European Union. His article concluded:
'So what is the point of Europe today? .... Europe’s moral purpose today is an existential question that all Europeans must consider.
For me the answer is to be found in Turkey. Europe with Turkey as a member would naturally be a more dynamic economy. Turkey is a regional energy hub. It has clout and respect in its own region with formidable fighting forces. And, above all, Turkey is now a role model for other Islamic societies striving to accommodate democracy, civil liberties, the rule of law, an open economy, pluralism, and religion.
As an EU member, Turkey would add a new dimension of massive historic importance. Europeans would show that we could embrace an Islamic democracy and build a strong bridge between Europe and Western Asia.
That, in turn, would create a new European identity and narrative, a new reason for the EU to exist in this century, a way of rejecting the divisive politics of old. I hope that by the time I take up my pen again, we will be on our way to this destination. If not, then many of us will find it increasingly difficult to see Europe as anything more than a glorified customs union with political ambitions that are far too big for its boots.'(http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/patten39/English; hat tip: Biased BBC)
Personally, the thought of millions and millions of Muslims from Turkey's Islamic hinterland in Asia being eligible for immigration to Britain and other lands inside the EU fills me with dread, for reasons delineated by a former UKIP parliamentay candidate in his blog a couple of years ago:
Given Patten's predilections, the Turkish case for EU entry, like zeal for the Palestinian cause, is certainly unlikely to diminish at Al Beeb.