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.


The SNP, which would impose eye-watering austerity on Scotland, remains immune to the laws of politics

12 June 2015 12:27

David Mundell, the somewhat improbable Secretary of State for Scotland, had at least one good line yesterday: “The SNP are asking…

Olympics & Paralympics Team GB - London 2012 Victory Parade

Even if he wins his EU referendum campaign, David Cameron will be the loser

8 June 2015 11:41

I suppose David Cameron had little choice but to offer a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union. How…

SNP spring conference 2015

Alex Salmond’s reaction to the death of Charles Kennedy was as revealing as it was contemptible

2 June 2015 13:44

Neither man will much care for the comparison but, more than ever, Alex Salmond is rather like Gordon Brown. Each…

Referendum Debate Continues As Campaigns Enter Final Week

Charles Kennedy, 1959-2015

2 June 2015 10:52

Charles Kennedy had many favourite jokes but when, as he often did, he returned to the Glasgow University Union, he…

Kenny MacAskill To Make Statement On Lockerbie Bomber Allegations

The SNP is a party happy to pursue the wrong policies ‘for the right reasons’

29 May 2015 12:05

Of course, as the SNP keep reminding us, this year’s general election had nothing to do with advancing the case for…


Today Britain has changed, changed utterly. A terrible beauty is born.

8 May 2015 16:44

So this is what history feels like. Painful, frankly.  None of the usual meteorological metaphors – earthquake, hurricane, avalanche, landslide, tsunami…

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Why I am voting Labour

6 May 2015 13:58

This is a bastard election full of bastard choices. In such circumstances some triage is required. Once everything that is…

Europe's Oldest Surviving Iron Chain Suspension Bridge Connecting Scotland And England To Be Closed

Labour’s demise in Scotland is a problem for the Tories too. They just don’t know it yet

29 April 2015 13:21

Heaven preserve us from our friends for, though they mean well, they know not the damage they do. I have…


Francine Prose reminds us why so many novelists are so very, very stupid

28 April 2015 17:55

I asked yesterday why so many novelists are so often so stupid. The answer, I suppose, is that we should…


This is a narrow-cast election, not a national contest

27 April 2015 15:28

This continues to be a most remarkable election. I can’t recall any other contest in which so many parties were…


Why are so many novelists so stupid?

27 April 2015 11:06

If you feel a need to search for moral cowardice then, in my experience, literary festivals are likely to be…

Nicola Sturgeon Joins Alex Salmond On The Campaign Trail

Scotland’s two tribes are more divided than ever – they see reality differently

26 April 2015 17:16

Expectations just keep increasing for the SNP. Today’s Panelbase poll for the Sunday Times puts the nationalists on an eye-popping 48…


Yes, of course an SNP-backed Labour government is perfectly legitimate

22 April 2015 12:35

I am sure, as Isabel says, that Tory warnings about the horrors – the horrors, Mabel – of a Labour-SNP arrangement…

SNP Launch Their Manifesto In Edinburgh

The SNP create their own reality – and voters lap it up

21 April 2015 16:40

First let’s look at this chart. That’s Scotland’s fiscal position relative to that of the UK according to the latest…

SNP Launch Their Manifesto In Edinburgh

A vote for the SNP is a vote for a Labour government

20 April 2015 11:31

For decades now the SNP have thirsted for the moment when they can be ‘relevant’ to the outcome of a Westminster general…

Nicola Sturgeon Starts Her Tour Of Scotland

Yes, the SNP really is a faith-based party peddling miracles

16 April 2015 14:54

The thing about faith is that, in the end, it’s unfalsifiable. You either have it or you don’t. But even…

Scottish Party Leaders Participate In A Live STV Debate

Sturgeon vs Murphy vs Davidson is the best show in British politics

9 April 2015 18:09

Right now, you know, Nicola Sturgeon vs Jim Murphy vs Ruth Davidson is the best show in British politics. It…

Scottish Party Leaders Participate In A Live STV Debate

Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP continue to defy the usual laws of politics

8 April 2015 18:07

It’s nice to be noticed. I cannot recall the Scottish portion of a UK general election ever exciting this much…

Seven Leaders Of Britain's Political Parties Join Televised Debate

Who won the leaders’ debate? All of them.

3 April 2015 10:40

So who won? That’s the question, isn’t it? Well, not really. This debate, like most such affairs, is not a…

Senate Democrats Introduce Legislation On Oversight Of Wartime Contracting

No, Jim Webb will not beat Hillary Clinton

2 April 2015 17:21

Look, I’m sorry about this, but Jim Webb is no more going to be the Democratic nominee next year than…

The Conservative Party Election Campaign Tour Bus Week One

Why aren’t the Tories winning? Because they are seen as the party of the rich.

2 April 2015 11:19

The leader column in this week’s edition of the magazine (please subscribe, by the way) asks an excellent question: Why aren’t…

Day Two - The Labour Party Holds Its Annual Party Conference

A shocking Scottish opinion poll reveals that Labour aren’t dead yet

1 April 2015 10:51

When is a disaster also a miracle? When it allows Scottish Labour to simultaneously endure its worst result since 1931 and…

Olympics & Paralympics Team GB - London 2012 Victory Parade

Boffo Tory election strategy launched

31 March 2015 10:19

You will remember how the Tories planned to deal with Ukip. Well, that was just the start. David Cameron’s interview…

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Everything Yes voters believe about the Scottish independence referendum is wrong (but that doesn’t matter)

27 March 2015 10:46

Say this for Alex Salmond: he is entirely typical of the movement he once led. The former First Minister’s new…

Top Gear Live - Media Call

The BBC was right to sack Jeremy Clarkson

25 March 2015 21:24

There’s no cause so disreputable it cannot find adherents. And, failing that, apologists. Take, for instance, the apparently simple case…