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

Pressure Increases For A Scottish Independence Referendum

This Scotland Small? Why, Yes, Actually It Is - Spectator Blogs

25 September 2012 10:54

Saturday’s Rally for Independence in Edinburgh was such a non-event that, as best I can discover, Getty Images doesn’t even have any pictures of the march. Hence the tat illustrating… Continue reading

Alex Salmond. Photo: Getty Images.

Alex Salmond’s wind farm delusion

21 September 2012 16:53

Last year, in an interview with the Today programme, the chief executive of National Grid told the show’s no doubt stunned listeners that they would have to get used to… Continue reading

The Scottish Government Publishes Its Draft Budget

John Swinney misses a trick - Spectator Blogs

21 September 2012 2:20

There are days when Scottish independence seems a more than decent idea. Budget day at Holyrood is always one of them. I say budget day but it’s really faux-budget day… Continue reading

British Sectary of State for Work and Pe

Our debate on welfare reform is a dismal scandal - Spectator Blogs

19 September 2012 15:15

On balance, Iain Duncan Smith’s spell as Tory leader can’t be remembered as an unmitigated success. Be that as it may, sometimes there are second acts in political lives and,… Continue reading

Scottish Secretary: independence referendum will be held on Westminster's terms. Photo: Getty Images.

Scottish independence referendum will be a single-question affair

17 September 2012 23:23

‘I don’t think we can have a referendum on independence unless we have a single question’. Michael Moore was unequivocal this afternoon: the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence will be… Continue reading

Alex Salmond was booed yesterday by a crowd in Glasgow. Picture: Getty.

Alex Salmond booed by crowd in Glasgow

15 September 2012 10:59

Roman emperors famously used to have a slave to ride behind them in their chariots during victory parades to remind them, by whispering in their ear, that they were only… Continue reading


Independent Scotland: socialist paradise or neo-liberal nirvana? - Spectator Blogs

11 September 2012 11:36

Well, probably neither actually. But there’s every reason to suppose that just as some Unionists are fooling themselves when they discount the possibility of dear old Scotia thriving as an… Continue reading

Boris Johnson hits back at Scottish independence [Alex Salmond is played here by Barbara Windsor]. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Can Alex Salmond regain his lost momentum after Britain’s summer of fun?

31 August 2012 17:57

Alex Salmond has gone rather quiet this summer. Before Britain’s season of fun, the SNP leader appeared unstoppable in his quest for Scottish independence, but the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics have halted… Continue reading

Pressure Increases For A Scottish Independence Referendum

The SNP's Slumbering Summer - Spectator Blogs

25 August 2012 12:34

I have it on good authority that, as matters stand, some senior figures within the SNP are concerned by the way the party has lost – or is perceived to… Continue reading

Olympics Day 3 - Around the Games

Political games

12 August 2012 9:06

Whilst everybody is enjoying the spectacle of the greatest Games on earth there is one group of people who are doing their level best to spoil it. If there was… Continue reading

Leader of Britain's Labour Party, Gordon

Is Gordon Brown a Scottish Nationalist?

12 August 2012 9:06

In 1997 the Labour government tampered with the UK constitution. They then vetoed anyone reading the minutes of the cabinet meeting where it was agreed a parliament for Scotland would… Continue reading

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond l

Salmond’s stock is falling

1 August 2012 17:48

‘Poll shows support for UK split has dropped,’ proclaims the Scotsman today . Looking at the actual poll , the headline may be over-reaching slightly: YouGov’s latest figures are within… Continue reading


Cause for Unionists to applaud

19 July 2012 14:00

Brian Monteith has revived his Think Scotland website and as part of all this I’m scribbling there on Tuesdays. This week I’m busy cheering the SNP’s march to sanity on… Continue reading

Argyll And Southern Highlanders Home Coming Parade

Is it time to let Scotland go?

29 June 2012 13:00

Lloyd Evans rounds up the highlights of this week’s Spectator debate on the future of the union. The motion was ‘It’s time to let Scotland go’. Margo Macdonald, MSP, opened… Continue reading


The Union is safe

28 June 2012 12:15

The Union is safe — at least if last night’s Spectator debate was anything to go by. The motion ‘It’s time to let Scotland go’ was defeated by 254 votes… Continue reading

Prime Minister David Cameron Launches The Conservative Party's 2012 Local Election Campaign

Is Cameron just not that into Scotland?

26 June 2012 13:30

Nearly a decade ago, a book called He’s Just Not That Into You became what is termed a ‘publishing sensation. I don’t know if this attempt to explain men to… Continue reading

Conservative Party Conference In Blackpool

What’s the SNP scared of?

25 June 2012 16:30

The Battle for Britain is heating up this week, with the pro-union campaign launched in Edinburgh this morning and a Spectator debate on the union on Wednesday. We have, as… Continue reading

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond l

A provocation to God

19 June 2012 13:00

The notorious splitters in the Free Presbyterian Church are at it again. The Wee Wee Frees (who should not be confused with the more numerous Wee Frees) warn that Scottish… Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth II Attends The State Opening Of Parliament

Miliband plays the national identity game

11 June 2012 13:00

Ed Miliband’s speech last week, in which he grappled with questions of Britishness, identity and Unionism, was a worthy effort. By which you will grasp that it was also, in… Continue reading


The SNP Beat a Retreat

31 May 2012 17:02

Political stocks can go down as well as up. Shares in Alex Salmond are hardly slumping right now but they’re off their peak and flat-lining. The market is becalmed. Perhaps… Continue reading


Yes campaign launch will cause problems — for the independence movement

25 May 2012 20:00

Some of those who queued outside the Cineworld multiplex in Edinburgh for this morning’s Yes for Independence launch found it hard to contain their chortles. There, hanging above the door… Continue reading