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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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The UKIP effect: killing the thing you love

23 October 2014 12:48

This chart, courtesy of Mike Smithson, shows Ipsos-Mori’s polling on British membership of the European Union. It shows support for leaving the EU is no higher now than it was… Continue reading

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Tories reveal innovative new election strategy…

20 October 2014 20:10

It is a bold approach but, who knows, perhaps it is just crazy enough to work. I mean, what could possibly go wrong with a strategy on immigration best summarised… Continue reading

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Europe's Oldest Surviving Iron Chain Suspension Bridge Connecting Scotland And England To Be Closed

I vow to thee, my Scotland, a small number of earthly things

14 October 2014 19:42

Politics is a funny old game. I could have sworn the Yes campaign lost the Battle for Scotland in pretty decisive fashion last month. Scotland voted to remain a part… Continue reading

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The sad but inevitable downfall of Kevin Pietersen. A tragedy in two innings.

13 October 2014 19:31

Kevin Pietersen’s autobiography is the saddest book of its type I’ve ever read. By its end you begin to think that KP and the ECB deserved each other and realise… Continue reading

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Conservative Party Conference Held In Birmingham - Day 3

Boris Johnson asks voters to decide if he’s a fool or just a cynic. What a choice!

13 October 2014 11:44

Boris is at it again this morning. Revealing, that is, why he cannot be trusted with office. To be charitable, I wouldn’t trust many newspaper columnists with the keys to… Continue reading

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Chris Grayling is an advertisement for a Labour government

3 October 2014 13:39

Thank heavens for Ed Miliband, eh? The leader of the opposition remains the single most compelling reason to hope the Conservatives remain in power next May. A shame, then, that… Continue reading

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David Cameron’s message to Britain: winter is here but spring is coming

1 October 2014 14:28

Better than Miliband is as fine a demonstration of the soft bigotry of low expectations as you possibly hope to find. Nevertheless, David Cameron’s speech to the Tory conference today… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Reacts To The Scottish Referendum Decision

Once upon a time David Cameron had a story to tell; he needs to remember it and tell it again

30 September 2014 20:11

It is easy to inflate the importance of speeches made at party conferences. Particularly when those speeches are the last such set piece events before a general election. But they… Continue reading

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ISIS are a scourge on humanity; the UK must play its part in confronting this horror

26 September 2014 12:01

Doing nothing is always an option. Sometimes it can even be a sensible policy. There is much to be said for modesty and restraint and an awareness that unforeseen consequences lurk… Continue reading

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Beware: Scottish Labour is a zombie party and the undead still walk

25 September 2014 12:38

David Mundell, MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, is not often granted much respect. He is not a natural television performer, which does not help. He is a Scottish Conservative,… Continue reading

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The Yes movement slowly moves through the Kubler-Ross stages of grief

23 September 2014 13:38

No-one has died. No-one has been stabbed. Someone, I suppose, may have been punched. So let’s retain some sense of perspective as we consider and try to make sense of… Continue reading

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Scotland Decides - The Result Of the Scottish Referendum On Independence Is Announced

With malice toward none and with charity towards all, now the real work begins

19 September 2014 12:07

Relief, actually. Not joy. A battle won is better than a battle lost but still an exhausting, bloody, business. There is no need to bayonet the wounded. It would, in… Continue reading

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Yes or No, the little white rose of Scotland will bloom again

17 September 2014 13:28

And so our watch is all but over. Who knows what comes tomorrow but at least and at last the final reckoning is upon us. It is choosing time and… Continue reading

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Glasgow Prepares For The Independence Vote

Is Scotland confident enough to vote No?

16 September 2014 15:07

We hold this truth to be self-evident: we are not an oppressed people. We have some liberty to chart our own course. We are, after all, choosing our path this… Continue reading

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Europe's Oldest Surviving Iron Chain Suspension Bridge Connecting Scotland And England To Be Closed

Why I am voting No

9 September 2014 16:02

Once upon a time, a long while ago, I lived in Dublin. It was a time when everything seemed possible and not just because I was younger then. The country… Continue reading

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Wild Deer Seen Being Fed By Members Of The Public

Come in Britain, your time is up

7 September 2014 13:01

How do you kill an idea? That is the Unionist quandary this weekend. For a long time now the Better Together campaign has based its hostility to Scottish independence on… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond is within sight of his promised land: Scottish independence is more than just a dream.

2 September 2014 14:03

I don’t want to appear too immodest but, you know, I told you so. Back in February I wrote an article for this paper warning that Scotland’s independence referendum would be… Continue reading

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Douglas Carswell’s defection is a disaster for David Cameron and great news for Ed Miliband

28 August 2014 12:13

I like Douglas Carswell. He thinks for himself and has always, I think, added some welcome colour to parliament. But I don’t understand his defection to UKIP at all. If… Continue reading

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Not Tonight, Darling

26 August 2014 12:59

Well that was a gubbing. No doubt about it. Alex Salmond won last night’s debate against Alistair Darling just as thoroughly as he’d lost their first encounter. Sure, some Unionists… Continue reading

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Television Debate Between Alex Salmond And Alistair Darling

Alex Salmond vs Alistair Darling, the Rematch

25 August 2014 15:10

Like Paradise Lost, no-one – not even humble freelance hacks – ever wished the Scottish independence referendum campaign longer. We are, most of us, exhausted. Almost all passion has been spent.… Continue reading

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Boris Johnson Speech on Europe

Boris Johnson is not fit to be leader of the Tory party, never mind Prime Minister

25 August 2014 10:10

Awkward, especially here, I know, but there you have it. But, look, if any other high-profile politician were suggesting the burden of proof in criminal trials should be switched from… Continue reading

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The Matter of Scotland: Try, try and try again.

21 August 2014 11:05

PG Wodehouse, who was only the twentieth century’s greatest English-language novelist, once remarked that there existed just two ways to write: “One is mine, making a sort of musical comedy without music… Continue reading

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The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Five

English voters send a message to Scotland: we can’t go on living like this

20 August 2014 11:07

Way back in the olden days, Scottish Labour won the 1999 elections to the Scottish parliament, at least in part, on the back of the slogan Divorce is an Expensive Business.… Continue reading

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Britain abandons foreign policy. And abandons debates about foreign policy too.

19 August 2014 16:10

Cynics have long suspected that Britain’s foreign policy is as independent as its nuclear deterrent. Cynics have a point. Perhaps, as some suggest, it’s time to concede the game’s a… Continue reading

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After Scotland, whither Britain? Divorce is a costly business.

14 August 2014 17:48

If, like me, you missed Andrew Neil’s BBC programme exploring What the Hell Happens to the United Kingdom if Scotland Votes for Independence Next Month you might be interested to know that… Continue reading

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