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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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

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