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.
27 December 2012 06:14 PM
There has been no shortage this year of nauseating figures in public life
17 December 2012 05:50 PM
Sending rushed missives to distant acquaintances says nothing about friendship
13 December 2012 06:29 PM
No other country buys as much online, but does our digital dependency comes at the price of everyday fulfilment?
10 December 2012 07:29 PM
The Independent’s columnist is mystified by the arrival of a 20-page utility bill from E.ON Energy
06 December 2012 05:40 PM
Kids these days have an exaggerated faith in formal qualifications over practical experience. What's wrong with them?
03 December 2012 07:03 PM
Through a quirk of predictive text, our writer is able to anticipate the pope's first batch of holy tweets
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
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
- 1 Tidal launch: The most pretentious lines from Alicia Keys' valedictory speech
- 2 Britain First 'acting like Ukip henchmen' by invading meeting of activists in revenge for pub protest against Nigel Farage
- 3 Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
- 4 Tidal: Jay Z's Spotify rival streaming service criticised for making wealthy artists even richer
- 5 Brixton squat flats now costing up to £3k per month show how out of control rent is in London