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Christina Patterson is a writer, broadcaster and columnist. She writes, for The Sunday Times and The Guardian, about society, culture, politics, books and the arts. She did the first interview after he left office with Gordon Brown, spending a day with him in his freezing constituency, in a thin summer dress. She has been described by Clive James as “a wonderful, gutsy” writer, and by Andrew Motion as “one of the best columnists around”.

After terrible experiences of nursing, she has tried to do what she can to make things better. She did a special report on nursing in The Independent, which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2013, has made programmes about it for Radio 4, and presented a film about it for The One Show. A regular commentator on radio and TV news and cultural programmes, she has written for The Observer, Time, The Spectator, the New Statesman, the TLS, the Literary Review, High Life, Intelligent Life, The Huffington Post and The Independent, where she did “The Christina Patterson interview” and wrote the the lead comment piece once a week.

She also works as a communications consultant and media trainer, helping leaders and organisations hone their messages. She agrees with Orwell that the "slovenliness of our language" can lead to "foolish thoughts", and that if you can't think clearly you haven't got a snowball's chance in hell of persuading people that you have a good story to tell.

Independent Thinking

Jeremy Corbyn and the new 'sincere' politics

5th October 2015

You can see it in his face. You can see the horror and bewilderment written all over Jeremy Corbyn’s face. One minute he was happily spouting the scripts he has spouted, in draughty halls, for 32 years, about capitalism being bad and about why every international problem was really Britain’s fault. The next minute he was being asked if he would press the nuclear button. It’s like that dream where you’re suddenly at Wimbledon, facing Novak Djokovic and knowing that you literally will not be able to return a single shot.

Jeremy Corbyn did not go into politics to solve anything. He went into politics to talk. And, boy, has that man talked. For more than 30 years, he has talked about how every problem can be solved by higher taxes, but only higher taxes on the income of people you don’t know.  He has talked about how it’s OK to murder someone if you’r

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