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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

May's mandate for a masochistic Brexit

23rd April 2017

"The country," said Theresa May on the steps of Downing Street last week, "is coming together, but Westminster is not." She was saying that this was the reason she had decided to have an election. She said it with such authority that you would almost think she hadn't got it the wrong way round.

498 MPs voted to trigger Article 50. Only 114 voted against it. If Theresa May has faced any serious opposition at Westminster on her plans for Brexit, she seems to have managed to keep it pretty quiet. There hasn't been any serious opposition at Westminster for at least two years. The problem isn't at Westminster. The problem is that 37 per cent of the country voted to leave the EU (52 per cent of the people who voted) and an awful lot of the rest of us are as heart-broken as we were when the news first came through.

We don't know if the people who voted to leave were voting to leave the EEA, or the EFTA. We don't know if they were voting for the £350m extra a week

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