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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 has contributed to books on literature, poetry and healthcare, and is currently writing a relatively cheerful memoir about cancer, madness and God.

Independent Thinking

Vote for me and your life will get worse

9th October 2014

“Why,” said someone on Twitter last week, “are all the people best able to run the country cutting hair, driving taxis or writing columns in newspapers?”. As it happens, I think my hairdresser might do a better job than most. She would certainly do a better job than Ed Miliband, who made more of a mess of his conference speech than any politician I can remember. To forget one of the biggest political issues of our time, and the one that will, today, probably lead to the election of the first UKIP MP, would have been bad enough, but to chuck in, or rather out, the deficit was verging on the surreal. Is this guy living on Mars? (Answer: no. He’s living in nice house by Hampstead Heath, which would certainly warrant the “mansion tax” he seems to think will pay for everything.)

Nick Clegg wants us all to “shine”, which is lovely, and makes you t

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