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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