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.
22 November 2013 07:00 PM
From North Korea to Lucille Ball, this collection has both charm and smugness
19 November 2013 12:00 AM
There's nothing new in celebrities 'speaking out' about controversial issues. But how, asks Terence Blacker, did their half-formed views start to replace real debate?
The lost generation: The kids brought up to feel as if they're failing - from school to TV shows like The Apprentice and The X Factor
11 November 2013 08:00 PM
Privilege, it seems, is not all it’s cracked up to be. As depression besets middle-class youth, where’s society going wrong?
04 November 2013 06:59 PM
At first glance, the Sugar screen-camera might seem a harmless form of surveillance
28 October 2013 07:08 PM
The show represents the new establishment, and too often it picks easy targets
21 October 2013 05:38 PM
He fights the wrongdoings of the payday loaners and now the Big Six – what next?
14 October 2013 06:12 PM
Enthusiasm for wind farms is propelled by financial rewards, not by idealism
07 October 2013 06:19 PM
We are being invited to take Channel 4's new idea far too seriously
30 September 2013 06:04 PM
This plan shows the government’s view of landscape as a commodity
23 September 2013 05:10 PM
The pop star offers a perfect summation of modern morality with his tax affairs
Nigel Farage brands LGBT activists 'filth' and 'scum' and accuses them of scaring away his children after they invade his local pub
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Vote Ukip, says far-right group Britain First
- 1 Andreas Lubitz: Who is Germanwings co-pilot who 'locked out captain and crashed flight 9525'?
- 2 JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
- 3 Germanwings crash: Descent may have been 'deliberate, suicidal choice' by pilot, claims experts
- 4 Germanwings plane crash live: Andreas Guenter Lubitz intentionally crashed flight 9525 into the Alps in act of mass murder and suicide – latest
- 5 Video shows what happens when lava is poured onto ice