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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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The Tory party’s attitude towards Scotland is as stupid as it is cynical

25 March 2015 10:13

I preferred Grant Shapps when, as Michael Green, he was just another loathsome internet huckster peddling obviously quackish get-rich-quick schemes. He…

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Scottish nationalism is a faith-based initiative, creating its own reality

24 March 2015 13:40

One of the most notable features of Alex Salmond’s account of the closing stages of last year’s referendum campaign is…

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In a brave move, David Cameron sets fire to his authority

23 March 2015 18:35

It is always useful to remember Robert Conquest’s suggestion that The simplest way to explain the behaviour of any bureaucratic organisation…

Prime Minister David Cameron And Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond Meet To Set Out Independence Referendum Deal

Could the Tories do a deal with the SNP? (Yes they could)

23 March 2015 11:50

We have been here before, you know. Seven years ago Alex Salmond looked forward to the prospect of a hung…

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The children of migrants are just as British as anyone else

17 March 2015 18:05

I long ago accepted that the Conservative party has lost its mind on immigration but until recently I still hoped…

Day Two - The Labour Party Holds Its Annual Party Conference

Ed Miliband’s question for the SNP: ‘Do you feel lucky, punks?’

17 March 2015 11:42

I’ve written for the Scottish Daily Mail about Ed Miliband’s decision to rule out a coalition with the SNP no-one…

Nicola Sturgeon Delivers Anti-Austerity Speech At Universtiy College London

Nicola Sturgeon’s baffling electoral logic: vote Green to get Labour (and the SNP)

16 March 2015 13:23

This election is going to be fun. Not because of the talent on display  – this is not the Champion’s…

Scotland Prepares For The Independence Vote

Yes, Scotland does receive an unfair share of public spending. Probably

11 March 2015 18:04

Gulp. But what about England? That’s one of the questions to be asked in the aftermath of the latest Scottish…

Nicola Sturgeon And SNP Party Activists Launch Election Campaign

The latest economic statistics are a disaster for the SNP (not that it matters)

11 March 2015 11:41

That, pictured above, is what the Scottish government wants you to remember about the latest GERS (Government Expenditure and Revenue…