Fishermen Sort Catch At Peterhead Harbour

Scotland's position in europe is weaker than the SNP would have you believe

26 February 2013 20:13

Nicola Sturgeon, arguably the SNP’s most effective asset at present, went to Brussels today to deliver a speech about Scotland’s future relationship with the EU. Most of it was as… Continue reading

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond.a

Brave, the Oscars and the Scottish Cringe.

25 February 2013 13:47

Hurrah for Brave, the little movie that could! And did! All Scotland salutes her Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Another triumph for the plucky underdogs at Disney-Pixar. That, at any rate,… Continue reading


Scottish Independence: Can't We do Better Than This Dismal Campaign?

20 February 2013 12:05

Mario Cuomo, former governor of New York state (and father of the present governor) is perhaps these days most famous for his quip that politicians campaign in poetry but govern… Continue reading

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Borgen and Scotland: A Love Affair Founded on Self-Congratulation

6 February 2013 17:37

Borgen – the title refers to the Danish equivalent of Holyrood or Westminster – has been terrifically popular amongst those people interested in sub-titled political dramas from Denmark. I fancy… Continue reading


Is the press biased against the SNP? Probably. But we are all nationalists now. - Spectator Blogs

31 January 2013 13:03

So we have a question and it is a simple one. Should Scotland be an independent country? There, that wasn’t so difficult was it? It is, after all, the nub of the… Continue reading

Morrissey In Concert

Morrissey and Johnny Marr Explain Scottish Independence... - Spectator Blogs

29 January 2013 1:11

There are only 600 or so days to go until Scotland has its referendum on independence. The excitement is almost palpable. Fortunately The Smiths back catalogue is all you need… Continue reading

Prime Minister David Cameron Meets Newly Appointed Leader Of The Conservatives In Scotland Ruth Davidson

Scottish Tories: It's Time To Man Up - Spectator Blogs

26 January 2013 1:17

Ruth Davidson became leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party in large part because she was the candidate favoured by the party establishment. Where Murdo Fraser suggested – rather… Continue reading

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No Country for Green Men - Spectator Blogs

16 January 2013 10:50

This week’s Think Scotland column takes a gander, just for once, at the Scottish Green party. Patrick Harvie’s party is in favour of Scottish independence for reasons that, frankly, seem… Continue reading

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond Speaks At The SNP Annual Conference

2013: Can the SNP move beyond preaching to the already converted? - Spectator Blogs

9 January 2013 10:31

Alex Salmond is back in Bute House, refreshed and chippered by a much-needed holiday. If 2012 was a year in which the Referendum Guns were first deployed it was still,… Continue reading

President Of European Commission Receives Honorary Degree

Scottish Independence and Europe: Who does this Barroso guy think he is? - Spectator Blogs

11 December 2012 12:10

Today’s Think Scotland column takes a gander at the rumpus over an independent Scotland’s accession to the EU. Until recently the SNP promised that said accession would be automatic. Now… Continue reading

Scottish National Party Hold Their Annual Conference

Nicola Sturgeon is ready for her close-up - Spectator Blogs

4 December 2012 12:39

In the rabid hamster-eating-hamster world of Scottish politics Nicola Sturgeon is a rarity: a politician of obvious competence who’s respected by her peers regardless of their own political allegiances. There… Continue reading

British European deputies and Euroscepti

Britain, Scotland, Norway and Europe: lands of magical Sovereignty-Unicorns - Spectator Blogs

12 November 2012 12:38

Even the cheapest, Poundland crystal ball will tell even a blind observer that Europe is pretty soon going to be a pretty hefty problem for almost all of Britain’s political… Continue reading

Alex Salmond is now Scotland's longest-serving First Minister. Picture: Getty

Alex Salmond, Scotland’s longest serving First Minister

7 November 2012 13:26

So Alex Salmond has achieved the feat of becoming Scotland’s longest serving First Minister. This is a notable achievement. After all, he has avoided the fate of one of his predecessors… Continue reading


Trident: political football, folly, or matter of principle? - Spectator Blogs

29 October 2012 12:58

Philip Hammond is one of those ministers who seems to be held in greater esteem by those inside the Westminster hamlet than those of us who live beyond its boundaries.… Continue reading

Belfast Titanic Centenary

Will David Cameron grant Northern Ireland control of corporation tax? - Spectator Blogs

29 October 2012 8:53

Monday morning in dreich late October. What more appropriate moment to ponder the questions of corporation tax and Northern Ireland? The question of whether the Northern Ireland Assembly should control… Continue reading

The SNP yesterday admitted that it had not yet sought legal advice on the position of an independent Scotland in the European Union. Picture: Getty

Salmond’s darkest day could be yet to come

24 October 2012 14:56

For years Scotland has been waiting to see when his luck would run out – well, now it has. Alex Salmond: gambler, tipster, political animal and First Minister now has another… Continue reading

Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon. The SNP today suffered two major setbacks. Picture: Getty

Alex Salmond branded ‘liar’ over legal advice row as two MSPs resign

23 October 2012 17:08

It  has been a disastrous day for the Scottish National Party. Its majority at Holyrood has been cut to just one this morning after two MSPs – Jean Urquhart and… Continue reading

Alex Salmond speaks at the SNP annual conference. Picture: Getty

The SNP’s dismal conference

21 October 2012 20:32

The Scottish National Party conference in Perth ought to have been a festival of ideas, showcasing solutions that only be applied by independence. Instead it has reminded everyone that the… Continue reading

Alex Salmond

Sorry, Alex, but Scots are going off the idea of independence

18 October 2012 17:40

With two years to go, Alex Salmond’s campaign for a ‘Yes’ vote in the Scottish independence referendum is facing a big challenge to turn around public opinion. Ipsos MORI have… Continue reading

About the most Boris-like photograph of Alex Salmond as Getty Images appear to have in their files.

Boris Johnson and Alex Salmond: Unlikely political twins? - Spectator Blogs

15 October 2012 17:35

Here’s David Torrance with the kind of acute observation I wish I’d thought of first. There is, he writes, a comparison to be drawn between Alex Salmond and Boris Johnson:… Continue reading

David Cameron needs a decisive win in the Scottish independence referendum. Photo: Gordon Terris/The Herald

Scottish independence referendum: the Better Together campaign needs a decisive win

15 October 2012 14:09

There’s a quiet confidence in Unionist circles that Alex Salmond will be defeated in the Scottish independence referendum. But Unionists know that Salmond needs to be defeated decisively. If the… Continue reading

Deprived Areas Of Inner City Glasgow

Devolution has failed Scotland's children. Can independence change that? - Spectator Blogs

15 October 2012 12:24

Yesterday Fraser asked: Scotland has a tragically long list of problems (especially with inner-city poverty) and [the No campaign] can ask: which of these problem would independence solve? This is… Continue reading

That Gordon Brown wants a role in the campaign against Scottish independence is the best news Alex Salmond has had in ages. Picture: Getty

Keep Gordon Brown out of the battle for Scotland

15 October 2012 10:54

I used to be a barman in a pub in Rosyth, where David Cameron is visiting today, and it’s hardly a hotbed of separatism. Its dockyard is not just a… Continue reading

Alex Salmond Launches A Draft Referendum Bill On Scottish Independence

Scottish independence referendum: at long last the phoney war comes to an end - Spectator Blogs

15 October 2012 7:34

So now’s the day and now’s the hour at which, if you will forgive the mixed allusions, we may discern the beginning of the end of the beginning. Eight months… Continue reading

Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Speaks at Scottish Labour Conference

Shock Development: Scottish Labour Grows Up, Repudiates Own Past - Spectator Blogs

26 September 2012 10:46

Whisper it sceptically but something interesting may have happened in Scotland yesterday. It might even turn out to be an important something too. Even more remarkably, this was all because… Continue reading