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.

Nicola Sturgeon’s speech to SNP conference suggests she’s playing a long game

18 March 2017 17:44

If Nicola Sturgeon is not the only star in the nationalist firmament, she remains the only one that can be…

Why is the UK government so happy to give the SNP what they want?

16 March 2017 16:35

‘Now is not the time’ is not an answer to anything, not least since no one has actually suggested a…

Scottish nationalists will now use a simple slogan: ‘Take back control’

13 March 2017 13:33

Fraser Nelson is joined by Alex Massie and James Forsyth to discuss IndyRef2: You were warned, you know. You were…

The SNP’s rosy-tartaned independence vision comes unstuck

7 March 2017 12:12

In 2013, the Scottish National Party claimed an independent Scotland would be the sixth richest country on earth. Like many…

Tony Blair is right about Brexit

17 February 2017 15:16

I don’t know about you but if I were to make a speech arguing that democracy should be abandoned, I…

People who protest against Donald Trump are not the problem. They are right

3 February 2017 1:25

You know what the world needs right now? More seriousness, that’s what. Within that, we desperately need more serious commentary.…

Theresa May’s embrace of Donald Trump humiliates Britain

29 January 2017 12:29

So now Theresa May knows what it’s like to be Tangoed. Her visit to Washington, hailed a ‘triumph’ by friendly…

No, Donald Trump isn’t a ‘massive, magnificent gift’ for Britain

20 January 2017 12:41

There are certain traditional ceremonies without which the inauguration of a new American president cannot take place. Chief among them,…

A full English Brexit is on the menu

17 January 2017 18:17

Kipling wrote about Brexit first, you know: “It is always a temptation for a rich and lazy nation, To puff…

Princess Diana understood what ‘global Britain’ meant. Does Theresa May?

16 January 2017 14:46

So, ‘global Britain’ eh? This, we are told, will be the leitmotif for Theresa May’s Brexit speech tomorrow and, indeed,…

The SNP’s dominance in Scotland is complete

13 January 2017 16:53

Like the past, Scotland is a different country. Things are done differently here. What might be thought eyebrow-raisingly inappropriate in…

Nicola Sturgeon is making it up as she goes along

9 January 2017 14:32

Because the SNP have won so often and so conclusively in recent years there is an understandable temptation to suppose they…

Nicola Sturgeon’s Baldrick moment

21 December 2016 15:00

Yesterday, the Scottish government published its ‘plan’ for life after Brexit. It was, at 60 or so pages, more detailed…

Brexiteers won’t now admit it, but removing EU citizens was a key part of Vote Leave’s campaign

1 December 2016 10:40

Who could have predicted that the fate of millions of people from EU member states presently residing in the United…

This St Andrew’s Day, Scottish Tories should count their blessings

30 November 2016 15:47

As is traditional, St Andrew’s Day will be marked in the proper style by expatriate Scots gathering to bless what…

Donald Trump is going to be a dreadful president. Let’s not suddenly pretend otherwise

14 November 2016 17:12

Life, like they say, comes at you fast. Just a week ago the reality-based world worried that the American people…

America elected a man who believes in nothing but himself

10 November 2016 14:49

In the aftermath of disaster, it is always easy – and perhaps even psychologically necessary – to suppose matters cannot…

America, what has become of you?

7 November 2016 17:58

And so, at long, long last, the end approaches. In fact, as millions of Americans have voted before election day, the…

The unhinged backlash to the High Court’s Brexit ruling

4 November 2016 13:50

As a general rule, any day the government loses in court is a good day. So yesterday was an especially…

Nicola Sturgeon’s cherished Brexit grievance rears its head

13 October 2016 13:32

Politics is a question of priorities. Push always comes to shove and that’s when you discover what a party really…

Britain for the British: Theresa May leads a new nationalist government

6 October 2016 8:54

Scottish jobs for Scottish workers. We’re going to stop foreigners from coming here and taking jobs Scottish people can do.…

Why didn’t Theresa May campaign for Brexit?

2 October 2016 15:35

According to Theresa May, interviewed by Tim Shipman in today’s Sunday Times, Brexit will make the United Kingdom ‘a sovereign and…

Last night’s debate was Donald Trump vs Himself. And Trump lost

27 September 2016 12:47

As a general rule, presidential debates don’t change much. The winning and the losing matters much less than you think.…

Another glorious year of County Championship cricket; another glorious failure for Somerset

23 September 2016 19:39

Nearly fifty years ago, CR Poole published a short work entitled ‘The Customs, Superstitions, and Legends of the County of Somerset’.…

Scottish independence has become a zombie policy

17 September 2016 8:16

Sunday is the second anniversary of the Scottish independence referendum, the second ‘Here’s what you could have won’ day of…