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.
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
20 January 2014 07:12 PM
Harman claimed Rennard’s accusers were being ‘hung out to dry’
18 January 2014 06:09 PM
Gay people will not be harassed at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, he declared, as long as they stay away from children
12 January 2014 12:00 AM
All my 87-year-old aunt needed was a doctor to visit and adjust her medication. Instead she had an expensive four-hour wait in A&E
05 January 2014 12:00 AM
The media-enhanced appetite for updates on the health of the former F1 champion creates a problem when there is no news
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
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