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.


David Cameron’s greatest strength is that he doesn’t believe in anything

18 February 2016 14:53

You would think that spending time in America and thereby enjoying a ringside seat as the Republican party leaps off…


In the Age of Hurt Feelings there is no such thing as ‘free speech’

16 February 2016 14:00

Despite what Emma Thompson may say, this ‘cake-filled, misery-laden, grey old island’ is actually a more than half-decent place to live. Most…

SNP Autumn Conference 2015 - Day 2

David Cameron is going to have to give the SNP what it wants

15 February 2016 18:39

All Westminster might be agog with the latest shenanigans vis-a-vis the got-to-happen-at-some-point EU referendum but most sentient folk in this…

Cameron campaign for EU poster

Cameron’s EU campaign is negative, stupid, and likely to win

9 February 2016 12:26

Here we go again. According to today’s Daily Express, leaving the European Union is the only way to ‘save the NHS’. According…


Could the Conservatives take Labour’s place as Scotland’s second party?

8 February 2016 16:17

Last month I wrote that everyone loves Ruth Davidson but no-one will vote for her. Now a new YouGov poll…

New Scottish Labour Party Leader Announced

Scottish Labour, peering into the abyss, wake up and decide to do something

2 February 2016 16:45

Last week Kezia Dugdale, the leader of the Scottish Labour party, ventured south to the Imperial capital to brief the…


Barack Obama doesn’t talk about Britain? That’s a good thing.

31 January 2016 12:07

As was often the case, Oscar Wilde was clever and witty but mistaken. There are worse things than being talked…

Scottish Premier League - Celtic v Dundee

Scotland’s free-speech opponents remain as hypocritical as they are illiberal. Shame on them.

27 January 2016 13:35

Like an old friend you do not actually like very much, the Scottish government’s Offensive Behaviour at Football Act will…

New Zealand v West Indies - First Test: Day 3

Shivnarine Chanderpaul: The Last Man

26 January 2016 1:22

And then there were none. The retirement of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the great Guyanese batsman, is the end of an era.…

Image: Getty

Memo to Outers: You Can’t Always Get What You Want

25 January 2016 18:47

Honesty and consistency; two qualities everyone agrees to value but that are easily jettisoned as soon as maintaining them proves…

Deprived Areas Of Inner City Glasgow

Why it’s better to be poor in England than in Scotland

22 January 2016 13:45

Myths endure forever. Take, for instance, the myth that Scotland is a more equal, egalitarian, kind of place than England.…

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

Yes, Brexit could very easily lead to the break-up of Britain

18 January 2016 16:53

Oh, look, it’s time for another episode of Jocksplaining. That is, time to remind some people south of the wall that what’s…

SNP candidate for Perthshire South and Ochil, Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh, is joined by Alex Salmond, the SNP candidate for the Gordon constituency during campaigning on April 16, 2015 in Milnathort, Scotland. Picture: Getty

Three cheers for the new politics

13 January 2016 15:31

I love the new politics. It warms my heart even on cold and gloomy winter mornings. The novelty of the…

Government Ministers Attend The Weekly Cabinet Meeting

David Mundell comes out as the first openly gay Tory cabinet minister. So what?

13 January 2016 13:28

David Mundell, the Secretary of State for Scotland, is gay. And you know what, so what? Of course Mundell is…


2016 will be another great year for ‘The most dangerous woman in Britain’

22 December 2015 13:38

Yesterday a new Scottish opinion poll reported that 58 percent of voters intend to endorse SNP candidates when the choosing…

Alex Salmond and Donald Trump in happier times.

Donald Trump vs Alex Salmond: it’s a shame they can’t both lose

16 December 2015 14:28

Let it be understood that, in the realms of pressmen everywhere, the sight of two blowhards hammering away at one…

Protesters Outside The Daily Mail's Headquarters

Every journalist should have the courage to betray his party. Does Owen Jones?

15 December 2015 16:01

You know what’s tough these days? Being a left-wing polemicist, that’s what’s tough these days. You don’t need to take…

Prime Minister David Cameron Makes Speech On The UK's Position In Europe

Why isn’t David Cameron’s EU referendum strategy working? (Because it’s stupid)

15 December 2015 12:57

Expediency is usually just trouble deferred. That’s the first thing to remember about David Cameron’s ham-fisted approach to his european…

Carmichael speech

A liar but not a crook; Alistair Carmichael is good enough for parliament

9 December 2015 17:00

This morning a pair of judges in Edinburgh dismissed a petition seeking to overturn the result of the general election in…

Donald Trump Holds Campaign Rally And Picnic In Iowa

Donald Trump throws a dead cat onto the table

8 December 2015 11:58

Everyone knows how useful a dead cat can be, right? The Australian political strategist – and Tory campaign chief –…


William McIlvanney, 1936-2015

5 December 2015 16:40

A few weeks ago, a shivering intimation of imminent mortality was felt all across literary Scotland. Willie McIlvanney was not…

Shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The left at war: how can Hilary Benn and Jeremy Corbyn remain in the same party?

3 December 2015 17:13

Last September, the House of Commons debated the merit and wisdom of sending British servicemen and women into action yet…


A free vote on military action in Syria is the least bad option available for everyone

30 November 2015 16:39

Well, this is another fine mess, isn’t it? Jeremy Corbyn opposes (surprise!) extending the UK’s anti-ISIS mission from Iraq to…

The Labour Party Autumn Conference 2015 - Day 2

Death of a political party: Jeremy Corbyn has killed Labour

27 November 2015 12:49

It’s all over. In fact, it was over before it ever really began. I knew it, you knew it, and…

Nicola Sturgeon nd SNP party activists, including Natalie McGarry, launch the party's general election campaign. Picture: Getty.

The SNP’s ‘new politics’ seems to be rather like the old politics it despises

24 November 2015 13:38

Update, 5.59pm: Natalie McGarry has now resigned the SNP whip over the campaign fund probe. First there were 56. Then…