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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.

The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Thirteen

Scotching a myth: Scotland is not as left-wing as you think it is

21 May 2014 11:58

Alex Salmond and David Cameron have more in common than a shared appreciation for Andy Murray’s tennis. Not, of course, that you would ever persuade either of them to admit… Continue reading

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Barnhill, Isle of Jura, where George Orwell wrote 1984.

Scottish Nationalists have become Masters of Doublethink

19 May 2014 17:37

Let’s be fair, however, UKIP have not cornered the market in weirdness. One of the odder elements of the Scottish independence campaign is the manner in which so many Yes… Continue reading

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UKIP Annual Conference 2013

UKIP’s biggest problem is stupidity, not racism

19 May 2014 15:14

Let me be clear, any time you feel the need to write “Let me be clear – UKIP is not a racist party” you are in a pickle. Parties shunned… Continue reading

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Lord Haw Haw

Why has fascism failed in the United Kingdom?

16 May 2014 12:08

Because, well, just look at them. These Young Spodes are not quite the Master Race are they? And this is the problem with extremism: it cannot avoid being ridiculous. I… Continue reading

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Better Together Leader Alistair Darling Visits Walker Precision Engineering

Alistair Darling is not being replaced as the leader of the Better Together campaign

13 May 2014 16:18

‘Utter fucking bollocks’. In case that’s not clear enough for you, the suggestion that Alistair Darling is being replaced as the head of the Better Together campaign is, as one… Continue reading

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Shangri-La Hotel Opens In The Shard

Does Boris Johnson really want to see Tony Blair tried for war crimes?

12 May 2014 17:55

What are we supposed to make of Boris Johnson? I mean, are we supposed to pay attention to what Boris actually says? Or is he permitted to play the game… Continue reading

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Lunch.

Today in #middleclassproblems: worrying how your lamb was killed

8 May 2014 16:06

It doesn’t matter. It really doesn’t. At least not very much. The notion, apparently scandalous, that the Great British food market is being contaminated – sorry, infiltrated – by meat… Continue reading

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Rising Tory, Hidden Danger: David Cameron is Doing Too Much Too Well

7 May 2014 14:45

The British economy is growing. Not before time you might say. Be that as it may, there is a breath of summer in the air after a long winter. The… Continue reading

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Bush Speaks At National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast

Tories and ethnic minorities: lessons from George W Bush

7 May 2014 12:52

Dan Hannan makes many good points in today’s Telegraph as he considers the Conservatives’ grim failure to attract support from black and ethnic minority voters. This isn’t merely a problem… Continue reading

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Why does the Tory party have a problem with ethnic minority voters? Because it deserves to.

6 May 2014 19:17

Why do the Tories have a problem with black and ethnic minority voters, daddy? It is, with all due respect to Isabel and Paul Goodman, the British political question that… Continue reading

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Olympics Day 15 - Athletics

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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FC Bayern Muenchen v Manchester United - UEFA Champions League Round Quarter Final

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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United Kingdom Minister of State for For

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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