Alex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

Nicola Sturgeon’s cherished Brexit grievance rears its head

13 October 2016 13:32

Politics is a question of priorities. Push always comes to shove and that’s when you discover what a party really…


Britain for the British: Theresa May leads a new nationalist government

6 October 2016 8:54

Scottish jobs for Scottish workers. We’re going to stop foreigners from coming here and taking jobs Scottish people can do.…

The Conservative Party Conference 2016 - Day One

Why didn’t Theresa May campaign for Brexit?

2 October 2016 15:35

According to Theresa May, interviewed by Tim Shipman in today’s Sunday Times, Brexit will make the United Kingdom ‘a sovereign and…


Last night’s debate was Donald Trump vs Himself. And Trump lost

27 September 2016 12:47

As a general rule, presidential debates don’t change much. The winning and the losing matters much less than you think.…

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Another glorious year of County Championship cricket; another glorious failure for Somerset

23 September 2016 19:39

Nearly fifty years ago, CR Poole published a short work entitled ‘The Customs, Superstitions, and Legends of the County of Somerset’.…

Keynote Speech By New Leader Of The SNP Nicola Sturgeon

Scottish independence has become a zombie policy

17 September 2016 8:16

Sunday is the second anniversary of the Scottish independence referendum, the second ‘Here’s what you could have won’ day of…

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Liam Fox confirms that Britain now has a nationalist government

11 September 2016 13:42

Unlike the boss, I thought Liam Fox’s comments on fat and lazy British businesses that could be exporting more but aren’t because, well, an…

Where has all the money gone, Nicola Sturgeon?

24 August 2016 13:37

Just three years ago, the Scottish government enjoyed claiming that an independent Scotland would be one of the wealthiest countries…

Now the SNP are in power their skin seems to have thinned

19 August 2016 14:01

Scotland is a small place. This has many advantages. There is an intimacy to Scottish public life that can, on…


Nicola Sturgeon’s Brexit test is designed to fail

26 July 2016 8:37

Nicola Sturgeon still believes in Scottish independence. I know, who knew? That’s the point of the SNP, a party Ms…

Theresa May faces an impossible test over Scotland and Brexit

15 July 2016 10:42

For some time now, and especially since September 2014, the SNP administration in Edinburgh has been inspired by a single,…

Flotilla Of Pro Brexit fishing Vessels Protest Outside The Houses of Parliament

What kind of Brexit has Britain chosen? We need a general election to find out

10 July 2016 17:04

Britain voted for Brexit so Brexit is going to have to happen. That’s the way it works and there’s no…

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Brexit has encouraged an eruption of nasty nativism. Why is anyone surprised by this?

8 July 2016 12:26

Even in an age of ridiculousness there is something preposterous about the sight of so many prominent Leavers clutching their…

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 15:  First Minister Nicola Sturgeon delivers a welcome address to the 81st Annual SNP conference at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference centre on October 15, 2015 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Nicola Sturgeon used her opening speech at the SNP conference to call on people who rejected independence in the referendum to vote for her party in next years Holyrood election.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Is Brexit the beginning of the End of Britain?

27 June 2016 20:53

So where are we now? Pretty much in the same position as the traveller who asks for directions to Limerick…

BBC Hosts EU Debate At Wembley Arena

Ruth Davidson is not the answer to English Tory prayers

22 June 2016 14:26

Tacitus argued that, after 68, ‘the secret of imperial rule was revealed: an emperor could be made somewhere other than Rome’.…


Every political generation has its low moment; this is ours

20 June 2016 14:59

No, there was never a Golden Age of genteel and elevated discourse. Never a time when the fate of the…


A Day of Infamy

16 June 2016 18:17

Events have a multiplier effect. And when they come in bunches the effect can be overpowering. This was already a…


Has England gone mad?

15 June 2016 13:25

In the final, frenzied, all-things-seem-possible days of the Scottish referendum on independence – the days when it seemed there was…


Every honest and decent person must hope Hillary Clinton wins this Presidential election

3 June 2016 13:38

You don’t have to like Hillary Clinton to hope she becomes the next President of the United States. But, by…


Confirmed: the junior doctors’ strike was about money, not patient safety

26 May 2016 13:16

Everyone respects doctors. Some people even love them. They may not be quite as nobly exalted as nurses but they’re…


Project Fear 2 is a rubbish sequel. But it will still work

24 May 2016 13:17

Sometimes, in this game, it’s tempting to over-complicate things. The lesson of Talleyrand’s death – What did he mean by that? –…

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Jeremy Corbyn should not be allowed to rewrite the history of his support for the IRA

17 May 2016 13:22

Something remarkable is happening in British politics right now. Something rotten and disgusting too. Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Her…


Yes, there really has been a Tory revival in Scotland. Only a fool can deny that.

9 May 2016 20:39

For people who profess to be utterly uninterested in the fortunes of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist party, SNP parliamentarians…


A force awakens in Scotland: the Union strikes back

6 May 2016 9:12

Nicola Sturgeon has her mandate but it is a smaller, feebler, mandate than almost everyone thought likely as recently as…


The Tories’ Return: New poll puts Conservatives ahead of Labour in Scotland

27 April 2016 15:22

At the 1997 general election the Scottish Conservative and Unionist party won 17.5 percent of the vote and lost its…