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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.

SNP Launch Their Manifesto In Edinburgh

The SNP create their own reality – and voters lap it up

21 April 2015 16:40

First let’s look at this chart. That’s Scotland’s fiscal position relative to that of the UK according to the latest IFS projections. It’s not a particularly bonny position though, of… Continue reading

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SNP Launch Their Manifesto In Edinburgh

A vote for the SNP is a vote for a Labour government

20 April 2015 11:31

For decades now the SNP have thirsted for the moment when they can be ‘relevant’ to the outcome of a Westminster general election. Well, they have that relevance now. Never before has… Continue reading

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Nicola Sturgeon Starts Her Tour Of Scotland

Yes, the SNP really is a faith-based party peddling miracles

16 April 2015 14:54

The thing about faith is that, in the end, it’s unfalsifiable. You either have it or you don’t. But even within the community of the faithful there must be room… Continue reading

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Scottish Party Leaders Participate In A Live STV Debate

Sturgeon vs Murphy vs Davidson is the best show in British politics

9 April 2015 18:09

Right now, you know, Nicola Sturgeon vs Jim Murphy vs Ruth Davidson is the best show in British politics. It really is. Better, for sure, than David Cameron vs Ed… Continue reading

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Scottish Party Leaders Participate In A Live STV Debate

Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP continue to defy the usual laws of politics

8 April 2015 18:07

It’s nice to be noticed. I cannot recall the Scottish portion of a UK general election ever exciting this much interest from folk unfortunate enough to live south of the… Continue reading

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Seven Leaders Of Britain's Political Parties Join Televised Debate

Who won the leaders’ debate? All of them.

3 April 2015 10:40

So who won? That’s the question, isn’t it? Well, not really. This debate, like most such affairs, is not a horserace in which the winner is easily determined. Because not… Continue reading

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Senate Democrats Introduce Legislation On Oversight Of Wartime Contracting

No, Jim Webb will not beat Hillary Clinton

2 April 2015 17:21

Look, I’m sorry about this, but Jim Webb is no more going to be the Democratic nominee next year than Rick Santorum is going to be the Republican candidate for… Continue reading

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The Conservative Party Election Campaign Tour Bus Week One

Why aren’t the Tories winning? Because they are seen as the party of the rich.

2 April 2015 11:19

The leader column in this week’s edition of the magazine (please subscribe, by the way) asks an excellent question: Why aren’t the Tories winning? After all, and despite everything, David Cameron has… Continue reading

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Day Two - The Labour Party Holds Its Annual Party Conference

A shocking Scottish opinion poll reveals that Labour aren’t dead yet

1 April 2015 10:51

When is a disaster also a miracle? When it allows Scottish Labour to simultaneously endure its worst result since 1931 and live to fight another day, that’s when. Yesterday’s ComRes/ITV poll… Continue reading

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Olympics & Paralympics Team GB - London 2012 Victory Parade

Boffo Tory election strategy launched

31 March 2015 10:19

You will remember how the Tories planned to deal with Ukip. Well, that was just the start. David Cameron’s interview with the Daily Mail today is all very well and… Continue reading

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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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Top Gear Live - Media Call

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 Annual Cowal Highland Games

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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Olympics & Paralympics Team GB - London 2012 Victory Parade

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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An unhappy young person. Image: Getty

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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England Nets Session

‘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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(FILES) A file picture taken on December

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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