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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.

Labour Leadership Candidate Jeremy Corbyn Continues His Welsh Tour

Jeremy Corbyn is Britain’s Donald Trump (and vice versa)

31 August 2015 15:07

The silly season is supposed to end tomorrow. September sidles in and normality replaces August’s frivolity. The reality of winter will be with us soon enough, too. That, at any rate,… Continue reading

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Stripping the bark from Jeremy Corbyn will be the easiest campaign in modern political history

21 August 2015 13:06

Lately, I’ve been thinking about Willie Horton and Michael Dukakis. That’s what Jeremy Corbyn’s rise to prominence will do to a fellow. Horton, you will remember, was the convicted murderer… Continue reading

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Yes, Jeremy Corbyn actually is the most dangerous man in British politics

18 August 2015 12:17

No, Nicola Sturgeon does not have much reason to be worried about Jeremy Corbyn. But the rest of the country does. To borrow from the tabloids, Corbyn is The Most Dangerous… Continue reading

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Keynote Speech By New Leader Of The SNP Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon’s bandwagon rolls on: a new poll puts the SNP on 62%

10 August 2015 12:40

People like to support successful teams. That’s why there are far more Chelsea fans now than there were 20 years ago. It’s why, in Scotland, Celtic and (until recently) Rangers… Continue reading

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England v Australia: 4th Investec Ashes Test - Day Three

The Ashes: This Really Is As Good As It Gets

8 August 2015 18:44

All across the country this afternoon struggling club sides could cheer themselves with the thought that once their batsmen had survived for 112 deliveries they were doing better than Australia… Continue reading

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SNP Launch Their Manifesto In Edinburgh

The SNP are masters at playing Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

31 July 2015 10:50

All political parties have their cultish moments but some are more cultish than others. That doesn’t mean all their supporters are kool-aid drinkers, just that, on balance, they’re more likely… Continue reading

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The Annual Cowal Highland Games

Is another referendum on Scottish independence actually inevitable?

28 July 2015 10:52

So here we go again. Alex Salmond, popping up on the Andrew Marr show while Nicola Sturgeon is in China, makes news without saying anything new about the circumstances in… Continue reading

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UK Labour Party Leadership Hustings

Who is to blame for the rise of Jeremy Corbyn? Ed Miliband

22 July 2015 17:23

Well, look, it’s Ed Miliband’s fault isn’t it? Thrice over in fact. First for winning the Labour leadership, then for leading the party in the way he did and, finally,… Continue reading

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Tally No: the SNP abandons its principles to tweak the Tories

13 July 2015 21:42

In 2008 Alex Salmond told Total Politics that: ‘As you know, by choice, SNP MPs have abstained from every vote on English legislation that does not have an immediate Scottish consequence.… Continue reading

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The four patron saints of Great Britain, (from left to right) St Patrick of Ireland, St George of England, St Andrew of Scotland and St David of Wales on a drunken spree. Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Calm down: English Votes for English Laws is a very minor modest proposal

7 July 2015 15:58

Ed Miliband – remember him? – has just told the House of Commons that the government’s proposals for so-called English votes for English laws (EVEL) are a betrayal of everything for… Continue reading

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Cheer up! The Greek crisis shows you were right all along

6 July 2015 10:58

I don’t know whether the joy on the right was worse than the preening on the left last night but as the result of the Greek referendum swept across social… Continue reading

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Is Home Rule the only realistic alternative to independence for Scotland?

23 June 2015 14:11

‘Is Home Rule the only realistic alternative to independence?’ was the question posed at a Spectator debate, sponsored by Brewin Dolphin, in Edinburgh last week. In one sense the question… Continue reading

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Pressure Increases For A Scottish Independence Referendum

Is the SNP an Anglophobic party or just a party for Anglophobes?

19 June 2015 17:31

Writing in the Herald this week Iain Macwhirter noted that “Any trace of ethnic nationalism, and anti-English sentiment, was expunged from the [Scottish National] party in the 1970s”.  Responding to this JK Rowling… Continue reading

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Adventures in Truthiness: The SNP and Full Fiscal Autonomy

16 June 2015 19:08

As a general rule I prefer the stupidity theory to the mendacity concept of politics. That is, if a politician says something obviously wrong it is more probably because they… Continue reading

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The SNP, which would impose eye-watering austerity on Scotland, remains immune to the laws of politics

12 June 2015 12:27

David Mundell, the somewhat improbable Secretary of State for Scotland, had at least one good line yesterday: “The SNP are asking for something they don’t really want, but of course they… Continue reading

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Olympics & Paralympics Team GB - London 2012 Victory Parade

Even if he wins his EU referendum campaign, David Cameron will be the loser

8 June 2015 11:41

I suppose David Cameron had little choice but to offer a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union. How else could he have held his party together? Indeed, it… Continue reading

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SNP spring conference 2015

Alex Salmond’s reaction to the death of Charles Kennedy was as revealing as it was contemptible

2 June 2015 13:44

Neither man will much care for the comparison but, more than ever, Alex Salmond is rather like Gordon Brown. Each struggles to admit their opponents might ever have a point… Continue reading

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Referendum Debate Continues As Campaigns Enter Final Week

Charles Kennedy, 1959-2015

2 June 2015 10:52

Charles Kennedy had many favourite jokes but when, as he often did, he returned to the Glasgow University Union, he was particularly fond of regaling his audience with the story… Continue reading

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Kenny MacAskill To Make Statement On Lockerbie Bomber Allegations

The SNP is a party happy to pursue the wrong policies ‘for the right reasons’

29 May 2015 12:05

Of course, as the SNP keep reminding us, this year’s general election had nothing to do with advancing the case for independence. Besides, please, you must remember there’s much more to the party… Continue reading

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Today Britain has changed, changed utterly. A terrible beauty is born.

8 May 2015 16:44

So this is what history feels like. Painful, frankly.  None of the usual meteorological metaphors – earthquake, hurricane, avalanche, landslide, tsunami – seem strong enough. Make no mistake, Theresa May was… Continue reading

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Why I am voting Labour

6 May 2015 13:58

This is a bastard election full of bastard choices. In such circumstances some triage is required. Once everything that is impossible has been eliminated what remains must, for tomorrow at… Continue reading

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

Labour’s demise in Scotland is a problem for the Tories too. They just don’t know it yet

29 April 2015 13:21

Heaven preserve us from our friends for, though they mean well, they know not the damage they do. I have great respect for Danny Finkelstein. The Pride of Pinner is… Continue reading

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Francine Prose reminds us why so many novelists are so very, very stupid

28 April 2015 17:55

I asked yesterday why so many novelists are so often so stupid. The answer, I suppose, is that we should expect no more from novelists than we do from plumbers.… Continue reading

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This is a narrow-cast election, not a national contest

27 April 2015 15:28

This continues to be a most remarkable election. I can’t recall any other contest in which so many parties were speaking to so many different audiences, many of them niche.… Continue reading

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Why are so many novelists so stupid?

27 April 2015 11:06

If you feel a need to search for moral cowardice then, in my experience, literary festivals are likely to be as happy a hunting ground as any. Should you be… Continue reading

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