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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 has been described by Clive James as “a wonderful, gutsy” writer, and by the former poet laureate 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 lead op-ed 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.

She has been on a number of boards and is currently a trustee of Shaw Trust, a charity helping people at disadvantage, or with a disability, into employment.

Independent Thinking

Cheer up, there's a sociopath in charge of the world

14th November 2016

So it has happened. The thing that seemed impossible - that seemed, in fact, like a drunken dare that had got horribly out of hand - really has happened. The most powerful person in the world will soon be a man supported by the Klu Klux Plan.

This, of course, is the man who called Mexicans rapists and said he would deal with those rapists by building a giant wall. This is the man who said that all Muslims should be banned from entering the country and mocked the parents of a Muslim man who died for it. This is the man who thinks the best thing to do with a woman is to "grab her by the pussy" and stick your tongue down her throat. And this is the man who mocked a disabled reporter and threw a boy in a wheelchair out of a rally.

Donald Trump said he "hadn't decided" whether he would accept the result of the election if his opponent won. Well, he seems to have decided to accept it now. "It's time," he said, in his victory speech, "for America to bind the wounds o

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