Digby Anderson

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Digby Carters Anderson (born 25 May 1944) is a British right-wing intellectual and ordained priest. He is co-founder of the Thatcherite think-tank the Social Affairs Unit.

Education and Teaching

Anderson was educated at St Lawrence College, a private Christian boarding school in Kent, and then attended the University of Reading. He undertook post graduate studies at Brunel University and was awared a MPhil in 1973 and a PhD in 1977. [1] He was a lecturer at the Luton College of Higher Education from 1965 to 1977 and then until 1980 was a research fellow at the University of Nottingham. From 1977 to 1978 he was also an associate lecturer at Brunel University. [2]

Policy and Journalism

Anderson was director of the Social Affairs Unit from its founding in 1980 until 2004. During that time he also worked as a newspaper columnist for The Times 1984-88, The Spectator 1984-2000, Sunday Telegraph 1988-89, Sunday Times 1989-90, and the National Review 1991-99. He was ordained as a deacon in 1985 and a priest in 1986, since which time he has been an honouree assistant priest at St Saviour's Luton. [3]



Health Education in Practice (ed, 1979), The Ignorance of Social Intervention (ed, 1980), Evaluating Curriculum Proposals (1980), Breaking the Spell of the Welfare State (1981), The Kindness that Kills (ed, 1984), A Diet of Reason (ed, 1986), The Spectator Book of Imperative Cooking (1987), Drinking to your Health: the allegations and the evidence (1989), The Loss of Virtue: moral confusion and social disorder in Britain (ed, 1988), This Will Hurt: the restoration of civic order in America and Britain (ed, 1995), Gentility Recalled: mere manners and the making of social order (ed, 1996), Faking It: the sentimentalisation of modern society (jt ed, 1998), The Dictionary of Difficult Words (jt ed, 2000), Losing Friends (2001), All Oiks Now (2004), The English at Table (2006)


  1. Crockford's Clerical Directory (Church House Publishing, October 2008)
  2. Debrett's People of Today (Debrett's Peerage Ltd, January 2009)
  3. Debrett's People of Today (Debrett's Peerage Ltd, January 2009)
  4. Debrett's People of Today (Debrett's Peerage Ltd, January 2009)