Terence Blacker

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.

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At least Di Canio is honest about his fascist views - unlike his critics

Our risk-averse culture becomes less tolerant of dissent each week

Edit out the sex and the audience is the loser

This new coyness about sex is blamed on – or credited to – the great god of marketing

Why can’t we do comedy as brave as South Park?

Trey Parker and Matt Stone avoid easy targets and take on liberal shibboleths

Does our new national identity have to be quite so life-affirming?

Danny Boyle's opening ceremony was a television event, not a blueprint for national identity. Plus, why culling should be left to the experts

The Met Office have warned this will be the most extreme spring on record, how can we prepare?

What the most severe weather in the history of the world ever, ever, EVER tells us about our modern anxiety about virtually everything

Groping for a new sexual etiquette – and turning into New Victorians

Plus: Clive James, Wilko Johnson and the ways to say goodbye

An artist's conception of a spacecraft envisioned by Inspiration Mars, a private group funded by Dennis Tito

Trip to Mars: That’s one giant leap for a middle-aged couple from Sunningdale

The first humans to visit Mars could be a married couple, after organisers said that only a “tried and tested” partnership could cope

The real scandal behind horsemeat is the struggle of smallholding British farmers

Plus: Want an insight into the post-Pollard Report future of the BBC? Look no further than BBC2 this week

Stupidity is contagious – just watch the television news headlines

From mindless juries to Mantelgate, it seems a new virus is raging

Goodbye to the Big Society: Money comes first, a better world second

The Tories do love someone who stacks shelves. They represent enterprise

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