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 January 2013 12:00 AM
The assumptions that once kept women out of the military have been totally undermined by modern warfare
20 January 2013 12:00 AM
Gosh, how would things look if we didn't have a shamelessly partisan right-wing press in this country? The coalition is fractious, the Prime Minister is irritable, the polls are dreadful, and that was before David Cameron had to postpone his big speech on Europe because of the hostage crisis in Algeria. It's time for the Tory papers to swing into action, in other words, and look how well they performed last week.
13 January 2013 12:00 AM
Quentin Tarantino is a brilliant name for a movie director. "Quentin" sounds a bit cardigan-and-slippers. Then it whams you in the gut – a bit like his films – with a fiery Italian surname. "Tarantino" makes me think of hairy spiders and a manic dance called the tarantella, which gets its name from their bite. I know its actual meaning is prosaic, suggesting his father's family has links with Taranto in southern Italy. (So does the spider.) But that turns out to be rather a good metaphor: both his name and his films promise more than they deliver.
10 January 2013 06:19 PM
Special offers that go mouldy in the fridge are partly why people throw so much food away
06 January 2013 12:00 AM
What was going through Barack Obama's mind as a member of staff told him about the Sandy Hook shootings? In a dramatic photograph released by the White House last week, the President leans against the back of a sofa, arms folded and head bowed. It's a sombre moment: six adults and 20 children had just died in the massacre in Connecticut. No one could avoid shock on hearing the news, but the President must surely have been wondering how on earth to persuade millions of Americans to give up their delusional attachment to guns.
The Government has gone to great lengths to restrict access to university. Where was Willetts's concern for the disadvantaged then?
03 January 2013 06:22 PM
The Universities Minister's professed concern for white working class boys is risible
30 December 2012 12:00 AM
I can't remember when I've ended a year so angry. Goodbye 2012 and good riddance. In this country, a “much-loved” entertainer with a warm relationship with a former prime minister was exposed as possibly the UK's most prolific sexual predator.
23 December 2012 12:00 AM
The most surprising people go in for magical thinking. Faced with a devastating diagnosis, they ignore medical advice and try alternative treatments they've heard about from friends or on the internet.
02 December 2012 12:00 AM
Leveson: As someone who was hacked by the News of the World, I believe this scandal is about abuse of power
29 November 2012 07:57 PM
Leveson said the press is exercising unaccountable power which nobody holds to account.
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