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Alex Massie a freelance journalist and former Washington correspondent for The Scotsman. He was short-listed for the 2012 Orwell Prize for his blogging.

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Everything Yes voters believe about the Scottish independence referendum is wrong (but that doesn’t matter)

27 March 2015 10:46

Say this for Alex Salmond: he is entirely typical of the movement he once led. The former First Minister’s new book makes much of what you might deem the referendum’s dirk-in-the-back theory.… Continue reading

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The BBC was right to sack Jeremy Clarkson

25 March 2015 21:24

There’s no cause so disreputable it cannot find adherents. And, failing that, apologists. Take, for instance, the apparently simple case of a powerful man – powerful in status more than… Continue reading

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The Tory party’s attitude towards Scotland is as stupid as it is cynical

25 March 2015 10:13

I preferred Grant Shapps when, as Michael Green, he was just another loathsome internet huckster peddling obviously quackish get-rich-quick schemes. He did less damage then. That is, he played a smaller… Continue reading

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Scottish nationalism is a faith-based initiative, creating its own reality

24 March 2015 13:40

One of the most notable features of Alex Salmond’s account of the closing stages of last year’s referendum campaign is his hatred of the press and, indeed, the media more… Continue reading

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In a brave move, David Cameron sets fire to his authority

23 March 2015 18:35

It is always useful to remember Robert Conquest’s suggestion that The simplest way to explain the behaviour of any bureaucratic organisation is to assume it is controlled by a cabal of… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron And Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond Meet To Set Out Independence Referendum Deal

Could the Tories do a deal with the SNP? (Yes they could)

23 March 2015 11:50

We have been here before, you know. Seven years ago Alex Salmond looked forward to the prospect of a hung parliament and spied an opportunity to ‘make Westminster dance to a… Continue reading

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The children of migrants are just as British as anyone else

17 March 2015 18:05

I long ago accepted that the Conservative party has lost its mind on immigration but until recently I still hoped it retained its decency. Alas, such charity seems ever more… Continue reading

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Day Two - The Labour Party Holds Its Annual Party Conference

Ed Miliband’s question for the SNP: ‘Do you feel lucky, punks?’

17 March 2015 11:42

I’ve written for the Scottish Daily Mail about Ed Miliband’s decision to rule out a coalition with the SNP no-one was seeking. It makes, I am almost embarrassed to say,… Continue reading

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Nicola Sturgeon Delivers Anti-Austerity Speech At Universtiy College London

Nicola Sturgeon’s baffling electoral logic: vote Green to get Labour (and the SNP)

16 March 2015 13:23

This election is going to be fun. Not because of the talent on display  - this is not the Champion’s League – but because most of the players are so hopeless… Continue reading

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Scotland Prepares For The Independence Vote

Yes, Scotland does receive an unfair share of public spending. Probably

11 March 2015 18:04

Gulp. But what about England? That’s one of the questions to be asked in the aftermath of the latest Scottish spending and revenue figures, published today. The figures do not… Continue reading

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Nicola Sturgeon And SNP Party Activists Launch Election Campaign

The latest economic statistics are a disaster for the SNP (not that it matters)

11 March 2015 11:41

That, pictured above, is what the Scottish government wants you to remember about the latest GERS (Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland) figures released today. It’s not, at least according to… Continue reading

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‘We’ve got to look at the data’ – English cricket kills itself

9 March 2015 12:57

“We’ve got to look at the data”. And so ended the Peter Moores era. Sure, Moores may yet remain the England cricket coach but he can never move on from… Continue reading

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Glasgow Prepares For The Independence Vote

Night of the long claymores: the SNP are poised for a historic, momentous, victory.

4 March 2015 19:16

The latest Scottish polling conducted by Lord Ashcroft is another reminder, should you still need it, that this year’s election looks like being an unmitigated disaster for Unionism. The noble,… Continue reading

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Vladimir Putin’s Russia is no longer just an authoritarian state; it is a dictatorship

2 March 2015 17:26

The murder of Boris Nemtsov, even more than previous assassinations of journalists and other figures deemed unhelpful to Vladimir Putin’s regime, feels like a moment of grim significance. It represents… Continue reading

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When did it become OK for the police to electrocute children?

25 February 2015 11:23

Hard as it may be to imagine, dear reader, once upon a time the police managed to fulfil their obligations to society without resorting to electrocuting children. The sky did not… Continue reading

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Ruth Davidson’s Blue-collar Conservatism subtly rebukes David Cameron

20 February 2015 18:49

Today’s Scottish Conservative conference in Edinburgh proved unexpectedly interesting. No, really. Or, rather, yes, really. Or whatever. David Cameron spoke, you see, and so did Ruth Davidson and they said… Continue reading

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Maria Miller's adviser tried to warn the Telegraph off publishing a story about her expenses by mentioning her connection to Leveson. Picture: Getty

Peter Oborne has performed a great public service today

17 February 2015 21:48

Well, this is awkward. Peter Oborne is a friend and The Spectator shares a proprietor with The Daily Telegraph. So there is a danger that anything written in this space… Continue reading

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Bold new Tory election strategy: Tax cuts for our chums; welfare cuts for you

17 February 2015 11:29

“There’s a lot we need to do in this party of ours. Our base is too narrow and so, occasionally, are our sympathies. You know what some people call us… Continue reading

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Nicola Sturgeon Delivers Anti-Austerity Speech At Universtiy College London

David Cameron is lucky he faces Ed Miliband, not Nicola Sturgeon

11 February 2015 19:03

In some respects David Cameron has been a lucky politician. Lucky that his predecessors had failed so completely that his initial brand of so-called modernisation seemed a punt worth taking.… Continue reading

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Another day, another UKIP dog whistle. Fancy that!

3 February 2015 16:34

You will recall that when Talleyrand died, Metternich is supposed to have asked ‘What did he mean by that?’ Say this for Nigel Farage: he’s no Talleyrand. Subtlety is not part of… Continue reading

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Unless something changes soon, Scottish Labour is doomed

3 February 2015 15:22

The headline figures in today’s YouGov poll for The Times are brutal for Scottish Labour. Labour (27 percent) are still 20 points behind the SNP (48%). But that’s the good news. Because everything else… Continue reading

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Conservative Central Office appears to be working for the SNP

23 January 2015 15:07

Even by the standards of the Conservative and Unionist (sic) party this is an impressively stupid poster. Do they really want to encourage Scots to vote for the SNP? Evidently… Continue reading

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John Chilcot holds a news conference to outline the terms of reference for the inquiry at the QEII conference centre on July 30, 2009 in London

Delaying publication of the Chilcot report is the right thing to do

21 January 2015 12:03

I don’t know about you but I tend to think Sir John Chilcot’s report into the Iraq war should not be published before it is finished. Actually, I do know… Continue reading

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The ineffable sadness of Mitt Romney 2016

16 January 2015 14:58

The suggestion Mitt Romney might make another run for the Presidency of the United States made me think of a line from one of my father’s novels: ‘There’s nothing so sad… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage speaking at a press conference in Westminster this afternoon. Photo:  Mary Turner/Getty Images

Nigel Farage: a two-bit demagogue and believer in lazy ‘Root Causes’

13 January 2015 15:29

Nigel Farage has performed a useful public service this week. Yes, really, he has. The UKIP leader, you see, is a believer in Root Causes. He is, in fact, a Root… Continue reading

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