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.
13 April 2014 12:00 AM
Women should be able to use public transport – and eat – without having to worry about weirdos with camera phones
06 April 2014 12:00 AM
29 March 2014 06:27 PM
The actor sums up a non-religious approach to the big questions of life in just three minutes
23 March 2014 12:00 AM
Insensitive reporting of the death of L'Wren Scott conforms to a pattern of media coverage of women who ‘get above themselves’
16 March 2014 12:00 AM
He was wrong about the UK's membership of the EU, with some of his speeches from the 1970s sounding like a precursor of today's Ukip rhetoric
09 March 2014 12:00 AM
The whole subject of domestic work is beset by prejudices about class, race and gender
01 March 2014 07:14 PM
If you are a public figure with left-of-centre politics, it is a question that can’t be avoided: how to deal with the Daily Mail? The paper is hysterically opposed to most things I believe in but it has millions of readers, which is why some kind of “Mail strategy” is essential.
16 February 2014 12:00 AM
The sexist culture of the Sixties and Seventies that has been exposed by high-profile sexual assault cases has become an embarrassment
09 February 2014 12:00 AM
Reputation is a fragile commodity. If things had turned out differently, it's a safe bet that Nazir Afzal would be reading admiring profiles of himself this weekend. Afzal is the chief crown prosecutor for north-west England and the man who decided to charge the actor, William Roache, with "historic" sex offences. Not so long ago, Afzal was being hailed for his tenacity in going after the British-Asian men who groomed under-age girls for sex in Rochdale; he also secured "guilty" verdicts against the parents of 17-year-old Shafilea Ahmed, who murdered their daughter nine years earlier. Now Afzal stands accused of leading a "celebrity witch-hunt" against elderly actors, DJs and television presenters.
02 February 2014 12:00 AM
We have seen the fevered imaginings of a rank species of misogyny
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
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- 5 Kanye West stops concert after two fans don't stand up - doesn't realise one is in wheelchair and the other disabled