Bruce Anderson

Bruce Anderson is a columnist and former political editor of The Spectator

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Clare Short must be prosecuted if the Official Secrets Act is to have any meaning

Neither Ms Gun nor Ms Short set out to compromise any agent. But they have made life harder for their handlers

We have seen the Tories' best week since 1992

Michael Howard took on hard subjects in big speeches, and received a respectful hearing

The 45-minutes dispute threatens to discredit one of the most moral of wars

The true case for war did not depend on Saddam's possessing WMD. With the passage of time the risks were bound to grow

The intelligence services should not take the blame for political failures

It is easy to criticise the work of sigint and humint in Iraq: it is much harder to see how they could have done better

Tony Blair's best hope is to blame the underlings and let Mr Hoon hang

Even if the Prime Minister did not tell a direct lie on WMD, he did everything but. There was a word for that: prevarication

The scientists can clone a human being, but they cannot clone its soul

In genetics, as in nuclear physics, scientific developments may have outstripped mankind's ability to control them

All Blair's projects have ended in fiasco - and he has only himself to blame

At Wednesday's Prime Minister's Questions, Blair looked shifty. From now on he may be doomed to look permanently shifty

Transforming the Tory party was easy, now Mr Howard must win the country

As soon as any senior Tory confesses any ambition to cut taxes, Mr Blair sees a political opportunity

I accept defeat in the war against drugs

Prohibition will only work if it can be enforced. Otherwise, it enriches criminals and destroys cities

We should be offering mercy to Carr and exacting retribution on Huntley

No serious church leader has tried to engage with the Soham killings in order to help us make sense of this breach of the moral order

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Super Mario crushes the Messi dream

Germany win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil
Saharan remains may be evidence of the first race war, 13,000 years ago

The first race war, 13,000 years ago?

Saharan remains may be evidence of oldest large-scale armed conflict
Scientists find early warning system for Alzheimer’s

Scientists find early warning system for Alzheimer’s

Researchers hope eye tests can spot ‘biomarkers’ of the disease
Sex, controversy and schoolgirl schtick

Meet Japan's AKB48

Pop, sex and schoolgirl schtick make for controversial success
Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country

How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany, says Patrick Cockburn
The evolution of Andy Serkis: First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The evolution of Andy Serkis

First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial: Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried

You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor