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.
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
13 May 2013 05:44 PM
Proposals for what are called mega-farms have been rejected in the past, but now a significant change of attitude seems to be taking place.
06 May 2013 05:34 PM
It may sound wimpishly at odds with the spirit of the game, but I have discovered that I would prefer to support a team owned by someone I can respect
29 April 2013 05:59 PM
An 87-year-old woman has earned the loyalty of millions by never once allowing the pressures of life or normal human frailty to impinge on her performance
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
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- 2 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 3 Dad attempts revenge on teenage daughter, plan backfires spectacularly
- 4 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights