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.

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,…

Michelle Thomson MP and Nicola Sturgeon, in happier times. AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANAN

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…

The Labour Party Autumn Conference 2015 - Day 3

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…

The Labour Party Autumn Conference 2015 - Day 2

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…

Kezia Dugdale is the leader of Scottish Labour

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…

Glasgow Prepares For The Independence Vote

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…

Jeremy Corbyn and Gerry  Adams

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.…

Refugees from the Syrian town of Kobani (Photo: Gokhan Sahin/Getty)

The plight of Syria’s refugees deserves more than your good intentions and virtue signalling

6 September 2015 14:26

I suppose it should not be a surprise that the virtue signalling over the appalling plight of Syrian refugees displaced by that…

Labour Leadership Candidate Jeremy Corbyn Continues His Welsh Tour

Jeremy Corbyn is Britain’s Donald Trump (and vice versa)

31 August 2015 15:07

The silly season is supposed to end tomorrow. September sidles in and normality replaces August’s frivolity. The reality of winter…

Jeremy Corbyn and Gerry  Adams

Stripping the bark from Jeremy Corbyn will be the easiest campaign in modern political history

21 August 2015 13:06

Lately, I’ve been thinking about Willie Horton and Michael Dukakis. That’s what Jeremy Corbyn’s rise to prominence will do to…


Yes, Jeremy Corbyn actually is the most dangerous man in British politics

18 August 2015 12:17

No, Nicola Sturgeon does not have much reason to be worried about Jeremy Corbyn. But the rest of the country…

Keynote Speech By New Leader Of The SNP Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon’s bandwagon rolls on: a new poll puts the SNP on 62%

10 August 2015 12:40

People like to support successful teams. That’s why there are far more Chelsea fans now than there were 20 years…

England v Australia: 4th Investec Ashes Test - Day Three

The Ashes: This Really Is As Good As It Gets

8 August 2015 18:44

All across the country this afternoon struggling club sides could cheer themselves with the thought that once their batsmen had…

SNP Launch Their Manifesto In Edinburgh

The SNP are masters at playing Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

31 July 2015 10:50

All political parties have their cultish moments but some are more cultish than others. That doesn’t mean all their supporters…

The Annual Cowal Highland Games

Is another referendum on Scottish independence actually inevitable?

28 July 2015 10:52

So here we go again. Alex Salmond, popping up on the Andrew Marr show while Nicola Sturgeon is in China,…

UK Labour Party Leadership Hustings

Who is to blame for the rise of Jeremy Corbyn? Ed Miliband

22 July 2015 17:23

Well, look, it’s Ed Miliband’s fault isn’t it? Thrice over in fact. First for winning the Labour leadership, then for…

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Tally No: the SNP abandons its principles to tweak the Tories

13 July 2015 21:42

In 2008 Alex Salmond told Total Politics that: ‘As you know, by choice, SNP MPs have abstained from every vote on…

The four patron saints of Great Britain, (from left to right) St Patrick of Ireland, St George of England, St Andrew of Scotland and St David of Wales on a drunken spree. Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Calm down: English Votes for English Laws is a very minor modest proposal

7 July 2015 15:58

Ed Miliband – remember him? – has just told the House of Commons that the government’s proposals for so-called English…

(Photo: Milos Bicanski/Getty)

Cheer up! The Greek crisis shows you were right all along

6 July 2015 10:58

I don’t know whether the joy on the right was worse than the preening on the left last night but…


Is Home Rule the only realistic alternative to independence for Scotland?

23 June 2015 14:11

‘Is Home Rule the only realistic alternative to independence?’ was the question posed at a Spectator debate, sponsored by Brewin…

Pressure Increases For A Scottish Independence Referendum

Is the SNP an Anglophobic party or just a party for Anglophobes?

19 June 2015 17:31

Writing in the Herald this week Iain Macwhirter noted that “Any trace of ethnic nationalism, and anti-English sentiment, was expunged from the [Scottish…


Adventures in Truthiness: The SNP and Full Fiscal Autonomy

16 June 2015 19:08

As a general rule I prefer the stupidity theory to the mendacity concept of politics. That is, if a politician…