It seems likely that Chris Patten will be the very last life peer to chair the BBC. Patten, who in popular opinion should be doing three years chokey for his part in fraudulent and illegal payments made from the TV tax to favoured chums, is also refusing to testify to the Commons European Scrutiny Committee on the BBC's bias in reporting EU matters.
Unfortunately the man has no shame whatsoever and so cannot be expected to resign simply because he has been caught in the web of irregular payoffs and BBC HR bosses lying to Parliament. People like Patten neither resign on principal nor take the blame for their subordinates.
But since it's his status as a peer that allows him to refuse to appear before the Commons, one can be sure that MPs will now ensure that the next Chairman of the BBC is endowed with no more than a knighthood, and that no life peer ever again chairs our national broadcaster.