Bruce Anderson

Bruce Anderson writes The Spectator's Drink column. He was previously political editor of The Spectator.


Nicholas Soames’ Twitter account is a miracle (and so is his diet)

19 May 2016 13:04

Miracles are not ceased. A few years ago, a kindly educational therapist took pity on John Prescott and set out…


Whatever the deal, it will never satisfy the Brexit bunch

18 February 2016 18:24

In Thursday’s Times, Tim Montgomerie announced that after 28 years, he was leaving the Conservative party. Such a momentous decision…

Ian Forsyth/Getty

Tony Blair’s new job shows how self-important and detached he has become

4 June 2015 17:49

A spectre is haunting the world: the spectre of Tony Blair’s ego. Mr Blair has wasted eight years pretending to…

Roland Jahn New Stasi Archives Head

Yes, torture can be justified. Here’s why

10 December 2014 16:44

Torture is repulsive. Even on the scaffold or in front of a firing squad, a man can meet death with…

bruce putin

Sanctions won’t tame Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Talking might

24 July 2014 10:17

This article first appeared in the print edition of The Spectator magazine, dated 26 July 2014 The civilised world felt as…

Image: Getty

MP recall is a populist gesture that cheapens our democracy

5 June 2014 10:58

Anger is a bad counsellor. A lot of voters are angry with MPs and want to punish them. They believe…

Michael Heseltine's guide to life. 'You must make defeat a psychological impossibility. You must eat, breath and sleep victory. Victory for breakfast, victory for lunch, victory for dinner. Banish any thought of defeat. That is the way to win.'

Can Lord Heseltine save the England cricket team?

7 January 2014 12:15

Apologies may be in order. A few weeks ago, I was advocating aid for Australia. As we had set the…

Nick Boles would win Groucho Club Central. But nowhere else

Posh, intolerant Nick Boles is a danger to the Conservative Party

24 November 2013 18:54

In politics, there is a basic test of seriousness: linguistic self-discipline. You should never provide the opposition with ammunition; never say…

Eric Hobsbawm in January 1976. Photo: Wesley/Keystone/Getty Images

Eric Hobsbawm: a life-long apologist for the Soviet Union

28 March 2013 17:56

In last week’s Spectator, Sam Leith reviewed Eric Hobsawm’s Fractured Times. Our ex-political editor and drink critic Bruce Anderson thinks Leith has missed…