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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

Thoughts on Trump from a "liar"

23rd August 2017

On Tuesday night, the President of the United States said that most journalists are liars. We are, he said, "sick people". We are "crooked". We are "bad".

I would like to think this was a sketch from a Saturday Night TV show, a surreal parody to hammer home a point. It was, perhaps, a bit like A Modest Proposal, where Jonathan Swift presents the problem of hunger as an opportunity. "I have been assured," Swift wrote, "by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled."

But this was not a parody and it was not satire. The man who said that most journalists were liars was not Alec Baldwin playing Donald Trump. It was the "real" Donald Trump, the man whose Twitter name is @realDonaldTrump. The real President of the United States really did say that most journalists are "bad".

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