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
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
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