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.
Cameron is getting tough on internet porn, so is a Fantasy Tsar now going to decide what's acceptable?
22 July 2013 06:41 PM
It is dangerous to divide the world into the evil and the family-friendly
15 July 2013 06:53 PM
An awareness of the expectations of others is the enemy of storytelling
08 July 2013 07:12 PM
In the hysteria that followed Inverdale’s remark, it occurred to no one that perhaps he was making a sensible point about our looks-obsessed age
02 July 2013 12:00 AM
Reading her despair, I’m aware of a niggling sense of personal shame
24 June 2013 05:48 PM
While the government's drive to improve education has transformedschools in London's inner-city, young people in rural areas are largely missed out
17 June 2013 06:02 PM
At last we have some codification of rock lyrics. But here's an alternative for you...
13 June 2013 05:48 PM
This gangster is treated with a strange amount of indulgence by the press and public
03 June 2013 06:05 PM
The role models here are ruthless figures like Sir Alan Sugar or the sneering bosses on Dragon's Den. There is, boys and girls, another way - one that shuns the limelight
27 May 2013 08:30 PM
If only writers would think twice about sexually motivated murder
20 May 2013 06:23 PM
The men of the family, father and son, have been treated kindly by the press. But to the outside eye these easy-living aristocrats seem quite ghastly, in fact
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a white stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
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
Russian warships in English Channel 'to conduct anti-aircraft and anti-submarine military drills'
- 1 BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
- 4 'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
- 5 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats