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.

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…


There’s no need to laugh at Jeremy Corbyn; you should pity him instead

24 November 2015 11:52

Weakness comes in many guises. Last night, for instance, I found myself feeling something close to pity for Jeremy Corbyn.…

The Eiffel Tower is illuminated in Red, White and Blue in honour of the victims of Friday's terrorist attacks on November 18, 2015 in Paris, France.

We cannot live with Islamic State so we shall have to live without them

20 November 2015 11:25

Of course it is complicated. Of course there are no obvious or simple or even, perhaps, persuasive solutions. And yet,…

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn delivers a speech during the third day of the Labour Party Autumn Conference on September 29, 2015 in Brighton, England.

Why is anyone surprised by Jeremy Corbyn’s foreign policy views?

17 November 2015 8:48

It is shocking isn’t it? I mean, who knew Stop The War (sic) threw a Christmas party each year? You’d have thought they’d be…

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You may not be interested in war but war is interested in you

14 November 2015 18:15

We weep with France today. Tears of sorrow but also, unavoidably, of rage. And behind those tears lies something else:…


The EU referendum is not about identity. That’s why it is easy to vote to stay In

11 November 2015 19:43

A few weeks ago, I suggested that many of the arguments that will be trotted out during the forthcoming –…

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

Cameron is fighting insurgencies on two fronts: Scotland and Europe

10 November 2015 14:22

Counter-insurgency operations, as any army officer could tell you, are a messy business in which the consequences of failure are always…

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Jeremy Corbyn comes to Scotland and discovers he has nothing to say

30 October 2015 17:38

When all else fails, I suppose, you can just plead for mercy. That appears to be the message emanating from…

Celebrations And Flag Flying On St George's Day

The SNP’s attitude to English votes for English laws is as hypocritical as it is tedious

23 October 2015 15:33

Is anyone so dreary as the man who’s never happy except when he’s unhappy? Perhaps only the man who ceaselessly…

Are the crimes of Lenin, Stalin, Mao et al of less weight than those of the fascists?

Back in the USSR: Jeremy Corbyn hires Seumas Milne

20 October 2015 20:52

You can’t say we weren’t warned. Jeremy Corbyn is nothing if not consistent. When he casts his baleful, weary, disappointed,…

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 17:  First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon gives her keynote speech at the 81st annual SNP conference at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on October 17, 2015 in Aberdeen, Scotland.  During her address to delegates, Nicola Sturgeon announced a pledge to build a new network of NHS treatment centres and more financial support for carers if the SNP wins next year's Holyrood elections.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

The Age of Nicola: Sturgeon maps out the road to independence

17 October 2015 18:07

The problem with Nicola Sturgeon is that she is, by the standards of contemporary politics, unusually straightforward. There is little…