A clear and important voice in British journalism Carol Ann Duffy
Christina Patterson is a writer, broadcaster and columnist. She writes about politics, society, culture, travel, books and the arts. She has interviewed writers and artists ranging from Martin Amis and Eddie Izzard (who were both polite) to Werner Herzog (who wasn’t). 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, 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 Independent, The Observer, Time, The Spectator, the New Statesman, the TLS, the Literary Review, High Life and The Huffington Post and now writes mostly for the Guardian and The Sunday Times. She has contributed to books on literature, poetry and healthcare, and is currently writing a relatively cheerful memoir about cancer, madness and God.
13 February 2014
“The word ethics,” said Ann Gallagher, “stems from the Greek ethikos, which originally meant ‘custom’ or ‘habit’.” She was speaking at the launch of a new project at the University of Surrey, which has the (literally) cool name, or rather acronym, ICE. ICE, she explained, stands for the “International Care Ethics Observatory” and the best way of illustrating it was with an iceberg. That, she explained, was because the big, important stuff was what you didn’t necessarily see.
We all understand the word “habit”. Some of us, for example, feel a coffee is never quite complete without a nice little cake, and a glass of wine just isn’t the same without a bowl of Kettle chips. Habit’s what gets us up in the morning, and in the shower, and brushing our teeth. But &ldqu