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.
27 June 2015 09:00 PM
Attacks such as last Friday's target not only innocent people, but our sense of proportion, too
Labour leadership race: Can anyone seriously imagine any of the four candidates on offer beating George Osborne or Boris Johnson?
20 June 2015 09:00 PM
David Cameron's likely successors must be thrilled by the lacklustre shortlist
13 June 2015 09:00 PM
It's a world where traditional 'British' values – snobbery, deference and minute degrees of distinction – exist in defiance of modern principles of equality and social justice
06 June 2015 09:00 PM
His correspondence are full of straw men whose purpose is to portray their author as a radical thinker
Girls in the West must be taught that there's nothing romantic about life in Islamic State's 'caliphate'
30 May 2015 09:00 PM
The phenomenon of teenage girls lured by the prospect of meals by candlelight and bathing in the Euphrates
23 May 2015 11:54 PM
Leaked letter shows that the Home Secretary was planning TV censorship
16 May 2015 09:00 PM
The art and architecture express something which speaks to us centuries later
10 May 2015 12:00 AM
Some classes of people living in the UK will no longer be able to use the legislation
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
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
They are neither a 'state' nor 'Islamic': Why we shouldn't call them Isis, Isil or IS
Tunisia beach attack: How can British Muslims respond to the latest outrages?
- 1 David Cameron refers to 83-year-old Labour MP Dennis Skinner as 'Jurassic Park'
- 2 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 3 Optical illusion turns blue demon into brunette
- 4 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 5 Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal will donate entire $32bn fortune to charity