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.

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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,…

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…

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 –…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

Devolving abortion laws to Scotland is a poison pill

15 October 2015 16:01

The thing about politics is that it is, you know, political. One of the consequences of Labour’s Scottish immolation is that…

The EU referendum will offer just a pale imitation of the Scottish independence referendum

13 October 2015 12:23

The trouble with remakes is they almost always disappoint. This is so even, especially, when they have larger budgets, bigger…

Theresa May’s immigration speech was as tawdry as it was contemptible

6 October 2015 13:17

London, eh? What a ghastly place. A seething, impenetrable, web of humanity. A vast, choking, metropolis that is, once again,…

Sleaze, cronyism and the SNP: the New Politics is charmingly familiar

1 October 2015 14:27

The great thing about the ‘new politics’ – or at least the new politics we have lately been privileged to…

Exclusive: ‘unspun’ Jeremy Corbyn used an old speech rejected by Miliband

29 September 2015 17:02

On its own terms, I imagine Jeremy Corbyn’s speech to the Labour conference can be considered tolerably acceptable. Much of…

Jocky Come Home: a Labour misery drama that will flop

29 September 2015 14:47

Jeremy Corbyn is supposed to come to Scotland this week. Thursday’s visit will be his first since he became leader…

Do English Tories care more about the EU than the UK?

22 September 2015 15:23

This morning Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist party, outlined the extent to which she agrees with…

Is Labour still a Unionist party?

21 September 2015 16:25

The answer to this question, it turns out, comes from Kenny Dalglish. The answer is mebbys aye, mebbys naw. At the…

Unionism’s referendum triumph has proved as bitter as it has been short-lived

18 September 2015 14:06

Nicola Sturgeon got one thing right this morning. A year on from the independence referendum, Scotland’s First Minister allowed that…

The Labour party is now led by people who wanted the IRA to win

14 September 2015 9:49

Most people in this country still have no idea who Jeremy Corbyn is. He exists in a fog of curiosity.…