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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.

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Modern England: a triumph of immigration and integration.

6 May 2014 13:30

In a better, more sensible, world David Cameron would make a virtue of the opportunity UKIP has given him. He would appreciate that defending his party’s record is actually an… Continue reading

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Yes voters are the Union’s secret weapon

1 May 2014 13:21

Well some of them are anyway. Consider the tweet above. It’s since been deleted and you can see why. Gerry Adams’ arrest might not be an obvious element of the… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage's European Election Campaign Tour Visits Bath

Nigel Farage is just Russell Brand for old people

30 April 2014 13:48

Yes, yes, yes, some young ‘uns support UKIP. Just as a few black people do too. But come on. We all know – because the polling tells us so –… Continue reading

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China's Vice Premier Li Keqiang (L) raises a glass of whisky with Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond before attending a state dinner at Edinburgh castle on January 9, 2011

Alex Salmond receives a lesson from the school of foreign policy hard knocks

29 April 2014 12:05

Look: Alex Salmond’s indulgent appraisal of Vladimir Putin’s record was foolish and naive and all too revealing but let’s not lose the heid. Scotland, even an independent Scotland, is not… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband's Speech To Scottish Labour Party Conference

If Ed Miliband is the Union’s saviour then the Union is doomed

28 April 2014 14:32

With apologies to John Rentoul, Can Ed Miliband save the Union? is a question to which the answer is God help us all. I admit to a blind spot vis a vis… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond Makes His Keynote Speech At The SNP Autumn Conference

Alex Salmond’s strange – but revealing – admiration for Vladimir Putin

28 April 2014 12:03

What to make of Alex Salmond’s qualified admiration for Vladimir Putin? The First Minister, interviewed for the forthcoming issue of GQ, declared he admires “certain aspects” of the Russian President’s… Continue reading

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As the Yes side rises in the polls, Scotland prepares for a Neverendum

23 April 2014 13:37

I suspect I might be one of the Scottish journalists Iain Martin considers keen to make a melodrama from the independence referendum. Ten weeks ago I warned in this magazine that… Continue reading

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A Tragedy at the Theatre of Dreams, starring David Moyes

22 April 2014 11:33

And so the axe fell and the crowd cheered for they loved nothing more than a good beheading. They had been waiting for this execution for some time and would… Continue reading

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Scottish independence: an exemplary or cautionary foreign policy Rorschach Test?

9 April 2014 15:35

The eyes of the world are upon us. Or so Scottish Nationalists like to say. Whae’s like us? There is some truth to this even if you think unseemly all… Continue reading

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Alas poor Jeremy Browne, the man who loved this government not wisely but all too well

8 April 2014 11:20

Poor Jeremy Browne. Sacked for believing in the government in which he served*. Then again, no-one claims politics, or life, is fair. So it is good to see Mr Browne… Continue reading

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Scotland Prepares For The Independence Vote

The Scottish Tories have a chance to make themselves relevant at last. Will they be bold enough to take it?

3 April 2014 10:02

Like everyone else, I’ve often been mean about the Scottish Conservative and Unionist party. I recall suggesting they were the worst, most useless political party in the world. Fushionless and… Continue reading

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Who will rid us of George Galloway?

2 April 2014 14:16

Nothing George Galloway says or does should surprise anyone any longer. Even so, his latest musings on the situation in Ukraine – delivered on the Iranian propaganda channel Press TV - are… Continue reading

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush Speaks To Long Island Association Event

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton, 2016? God help us all.

31 March 2014 15:58

Connoisseurs of hinge-moments – those instants at which a country’s future changes – have long-appreciated the 1994 Florida gubernatorial election. Jeb Bush lost. Meanwhile, across the country, his elder brother… Continue reading

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Consumers Feel The Pinch With Christmas Around The Corner

From time to time it is necessary to execute a government minister to encourage the others. This is one such moment.

30 March 2014 11:04

Hanging. Shooting. Beheading. Defenestration. Take your pick. It doesn’t matter which method you choose but the government minister who told The Guardian’s Nick Watt that “of course” there would be a deal to be… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond Speaks At Scottish Independence March And Rally

Alex Salmond is not a Nazi. He’s not even a Fascist.

27 March 2014 11:50

Every so often you come across an article so bizarre it forces you to re-examine long-held certainties on a subject about which you happen to be tolerably well-informed. This year… Continue reading

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It is not surprising that the polls on Scottish independence are tightening…

26 March 2014 11:53

There are some pollsters who believe nothing has changed since 2011. All the storm and blast, bluff and bluster about Scottish independence has had no impact at all. The settled… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband's Speech To Scottish Labour Party Conference

Ed Miliband’s speech in Scotland: Mr Pooter meets Alan Partridge

21 March 2014 16:01

Ed Miliband has just given a quite extraordinary speech. I don’t know if it was deliberately banal or merely unfortunately dull. It was certainly stupefyingly boring. The Labour leader gave… Continue reading

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The west has a choice: abandon Ukraine or punish Russia? It should choose the latter.

18 March 2014 14:47

An astonishing number of useless twits appear to think Russia’s annexation of the Crimea is somehow not Vladimir Putin’s fault. The poor Russia despot – no longer much too strong… Continue reading

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The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Five

Ruth Davidson gives the Scottish Tories grounds for hope. At last.

17 March 2014 15:31

Because I spent the weekend moving house and being depressed by events in Cardiff I did not attend the Scottish Conservative’s spring conference in Edinburgh. A dereliction of journalistic duty,… Continue reading

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Yes, of course the BBC is biased against you

17 March 2014 13:01

And it doesn’t matter who you are. Conservative, Labour, Liberal, Nationalist, Green or UKIP it’s all the same. The BBC is hopelessly prejudiced against you. As it should be. Why… Continue reading

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This is George Osborne's last chance to secure a legacy as a reforming Chancellor.

This time George, let there be no Budget bodging

17 March 2014 11:53

The first and best thing George Osborne could do is start all over again. Of course he won’t and this week’s budget will be another missed opportunity. But each year… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband adopts a rope-a-dope strategy on Europe

12 March 2014 13:05

Hopi Sen is not alone. There are many people in this country supremely indifferent to the whole and vexatious question of whether or not there should be a referendum on… Continue reading

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Gordon Brown's Speech Proposing Further Devolution To Scotland

The British constitution has never made sense or been fair. Why expect it to do so now?

11 March 2014 9:49

Well, yes, Hamish Macdonell is correct. A coherent devo-max option could win the referendum for Unionists. Some of us, ahem, have been arguing that for years. There were, of course,… Continue reading

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Tensions Grow In Crimea As Diplomatic Talks Continue

The clock is ticking for Vladimir Putin in Ukraine. He has missed his best chance of victory.

7 March 2014 11:37

Tick tock. Tick tock. Time is running out in the Ukraine. Time passes and cements the “facts on the ground”. Russia controls the Crimea and, one way or another, we… Continue reading

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Vladimir Putin is losing the battle for Ukraine

5 March 2014 12:20

It is always tempting, in the field of foreign affairs, to suppose we are led by dupes and fools while our opponents enjoy – or endure –  leaders of boundless… Continue reading

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