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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.

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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Nicola Sturgeon Joins Alex Salmond On The Campaign Trail

Scotland’s two tribes are more divided than ever – they see reality differently

26 April 2015 17:16

Expectations just keep increasing for the SNP. Today’s Panelbase poll for the Sunday Times puts the nationalists on an eye-popping 48 percent of the vote in Scotland. Labour activists and candidates… Continue reading

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Yes, of course an SNP-backed Labour government is perfectly legitimate

22 April 2015 12:35

I am sure, as Isabel says, that Tory warnings about the horrors – the horrors, Mabel – of a Labour-SNP arrangement at the Palace of Westminster are, as they say, cutting… Continue reading

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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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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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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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