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
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
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
In defence of liberal democracy
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
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- 2 How the language you speak changes your view of the world
- 3 Russell Brand backs Ed Miliband: 'You gotta vote Labour'
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