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.
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.
25 October 2012 06:29 PM
Figures like George Entwistle, who are not made for television, can appear weak and indecisive when they are merely being honest
22 October 2012 07:01 PM
Our national energy policy is big on emotion and hot-air, but small on common sense
11 October 2012 06:05 PM
They all know how to pull off the celebrity apology
08 October 2012 06:37 PM
The bald head apparently now represents potency and decisiveness, but shiny-headed men are still on the sidelines
04 October 2012 06:38 PM
Too much good taste is dangerous. Bullying people who offend into silence will only make our society duller and more monolithic.
02 October 2012 11:33 AM
The Tory co-chairman used to like being called Michael Green. And who can blame him? In the age of multiple identity, we all do it. Don't we?
There's hypocrisy in the way our culture salivates over Kate and Page 3 - but scolds others for doing so
20 September 2012 05:46 PM
Whether it's the Sun's Page 3 photos or long-lens snaps of the Duchess - we've become lightly pornified over the last years. So let's drop the two-faced outrage.
17 September 2012 06:10 PM
Zadie Smith says she has not met any nice, intelligent Conservatives. Perhaps she should get out more. They're a far funnier bunch than the lefties.
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
'Sinful': Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy comes under attack
Nigel Farage: I’m taking on the status quo, and the Establishment’s fighting back
An open letter to Nigel Farage: you may smile, but I am not seduced
Abdullah Deghayes: My son was the martyr of a just cause, says father of British teenager killed in Syria conflict
- 1 Jose Mourinho: Graceless reaction of Chelsea manager a sad effort to hide his own flaws
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 Unbeliebable: The White House offer 'no comment' to anti-Justin Bieber petition
- 4 Loch Ness Monster found on Apple Maps?
- 5 Shropshire criminals ‘using unmanned drones and infrared cameras to find illegal cannabis farms’ – and then steal from the growers