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.
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.
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
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