Known for her human rights activism and writing on subjects such as atheism and feminism, Joan Smith is a columnist, critic and novelist. An Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society and a regular contributor to BBC radio, she has written five detective novels, two of which have been filmed by the BBC.
03 May 2015 12:00 AM
Those who oppose the award have fallen for a false narrative of universal Muslim victimhood
26 April 2015 12:00 AM
Ed Miliband was right to highlight the irresponsibility of unseating Gaddafi without a plan for afterwards
12 April 2015 12:00 AM
One letter sent to staff at Southampton General Hospital expressed the hope that the doctor's own children would get cancer and die
05 April 2015 12:00 AM
Demands for politicians to show their true selves are likely to have the opposite effect
22 March 2015 12:00 AM
I don't doubt it is unpleasant to be wrongly accused of rape but such events are rare
15 March 2015 12:00 AM
Images of listless patients, lying on mats in makeshift clinics, play into a false narrative of inevitability
08 March 2015 12:00 AM
The banning of a documentary about a horrific attack on a young woman in Delhi has terrible echoes elsewhere
Jihadi John: Why are so many from Britain giving up everything to join a terrorist organisation that tortures and kills?
01 March 2015 12:00 AM
The appeal of Isis lies in its messianic belief that the final victory for Muslims is imminent
22 February 2015 12:00 AM
After he fell out with his parents, Ziamani was radicalised in only 12 weeks
15 February 2015 12:00 AM
As prime minister, the Labour leader would revisit self-regulation, and that terrifies the right-wing press
In defence of liberal democracy
General Election 2015: Post-election 'shambles' looms as 70 per cent of voters say SNP 'should not be able to veto UK government policies'
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
General Election 2015: Sturgeon claims Scots 'appalled' by Ed Miliband's refusal to work with SNP
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