The writer and broadcaster Terence Blacker contributes a twice-weekly column on a wide range of social, cultural and environmental issues. He is the author of four novels, of prize-winning fiction for children, and has written a highly praised biography of the brilliant reprobate Willie Donaldson.
29 November 2012 06:43 PM
The think-of-the-kids banner always heralds some unwise and unpopular Government policy, proposals to build on the greenbelt are no exception
The downfall of UBS trader Kweku Adoboli is another morality tale from the City. But have we learnt anything from the Great Crash?
26 November 2012 06:17 PM
We ought to have spurned the grabby ethic of the City - but did the opposite
22 November 2012 05:15 PM
It seems that some of the Olympic good humour lingers on, even for commuters
19 November 2012 06:48 PM
An email from a grandfather bitterly disappointed in his children has reignited the young vs. old debate, and Philip Roth is showing his lighter side
15 November 2012 06:37 PM
Ties are going out of fashion and, with them, leadership itself, but it is when things are falling apart that we need authority most
12 November 2012 06:38 PM
Thanks to Hilary Boyd's new book and films like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, late-flowering love is finally daring to speak its name
08 November 2012 06:04 PM
What would our world leaders and trendsetters do if they encountered extra-terrestrial beings?
05 November 2012 06:20 PM
Maurice Saatchi feels it would be a "monstrous betrayal" of his late wife to move on
01 November 2012 07:10 PM
We'd rather vote in Strictly Come Dancing than a general election, because we don't want to think. We'd rather just feel
29 October 2012 06:28 PM
It is odd to have such dual morality when it comes to self-exposure.
Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not 'a magician with a magic wand'
Huge surge in Ukip support after EU funding row, according to new poll
Ukip ‘exploiting grooming scandal’ to secure party’s first police chief
Nigel Farage: 'There’s nothing wrong with white people blacking up'
Maureen Lipman says 'she can't vote Labour while Ed Miliband is leader'
Muslims, immigration and teenage pregnancy: British people are ignorant about almost everything
- 1 'Nasa Confirms Six Days of Darkness in December': No, they don't - it's a hoax
- 2 Canadian actor punched in face after 'Islamophobia' experiment goes wrong in wake of Ottawa shooting
- 3 Topshop at centre of row over body image as 'shocking' skinny mannequin photo goes viral
- 4 If you think Russell Brand’s new book is confused, you should read what his critics have to say about it
- 5 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party