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.

There’s been a Tweet but, worry not, DCI Taggart is on the case

1 April 2016 15:29

Behold, the Tweet that banned the internet. Has it really come to this? Evidently so. It is necessary to laugh…

The genius of Myles na Gopaleen must not be subjugated by the imperialism of Flann O’Brien

1 April 2016 13:32

Faith, has it really been two score years and ten? It has you know. Well, would you credit that? I…

George Osborne is the most over-rated politician in Britain

18 March 2016 20:36

Many moons ago, Charles J Haughey, Taoiseach of the 26 free counties, bestowed a great compliment upon an up-and-coming young…

The SNP’s ongoing war on football supporters would shame a better government

16 March 2016 19:09

Here we go, here we go, here we [expletive of your choice] go again. Our old friend, the Offensive Behaviour…

Barack Obama is right to offer his government’s view on the EU referendum

15 March 2016 13:04

My word, what a disgrace! What an outrage! Isn’t it deplorable that the President of the United States has the…

The old case for Scottish independence is dead; long live the new case for Scottish independence

13 March 2016 12:00

Who knew Nicola Sturgeon was a devotee of Saint Augustine? Her message to the SNP conference yesterday was simple: Lord, grant…

Corbyn’s celebrity supporters aren’t just wrong; they’re wrong for the wrong reasons

10 March 2016 10:59

The thing about Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters is they’d be funny if they weren’t so pathetic. Or is it the other…

The Scottish government’s own figures demolish the economic case for independence

9 March 2016 11:41

What does a barrel of schadenfreude cost these days? That’s today’s starter for ten. The answer, according to the latest…

Weathering the storm: new anti-Scottish BBC plot revealed

5 March 2016 11:48

Sometimes trivial matters are actually less trivial than they seem. They can be revealing. Thus Bill Clinton’s habit of cheerfully…

The truth about Trident is that no-one cares about Trident

1 March 2016 11:29

As a general rule politicians should spend less time saying things they do not really believe. However useful such a…

David Cameron’s greatest strength is that he doesn’t believe in anything

18 February 2016 14:53

You would think that spending time in America and thereby enjoying a ringside seat as the Republican party leaps off…

In the Age of Hurt Feelings there is no such thing as ‘free speech’

16 February 2016 14:00

Despite what Emma Thompson may say, this ‘cake-filled, misery-laden, grey old island’ is actually a more than half-decent place to live. Most…

David Cameron is going to have to give the SNP what it wants

15 February 2016 18:39

All Westminster might be agog with the latest shenanigans vis-a-vis the got-to-happen-at-some-point EU referendum but most sentient folk in this…

Cameron’s EU campaign is negative, stupid, and likely to win

9 February 2016 12:26

Here we go again. According to today’s Daily Express, leaving the European Union is the only way to ‘save the NHS’. According…

Could the Conservatives take Labour’s place as Scotland’s second party?

8 February 2016 16:17

Last month I wrote that everyone loves Ruth Davidson but no-one will vote for her. Now a new YouGov poll…

Scottish Labour, peering into the abyss, wake up and decide to do something

2 February 2016 16:45

Last week Kezia Dugdale, the leader of the Scottish Labour party, ventured south to the Imperial capital to brief the…

Barack Obama doesn’t talk about Britain? That’s a good thing.

31 January 2016 12:07

As was often the case, Oscar Wilde was clever and witty but mistaken. There are worse things than being talked…

Scotland’s free-speech opponents remain as hypocritical as they are illiberal. Shame on them.

27 January 2016 13:35

Like an old friend you do not actually like very much, the Scottish government’s Offensive Behaviour at Football Act will…

Shivnarine Chanderpaul: The Last Man

26 January 2016 1:22

And then there were none. The retirement of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the great Guyanese batsman, is the end of an era.…

Memo to Outers: You Can’t Always Get What You Want

25 January 2016 18:47

Honesty and consistency; two qualities everyone agrees to value but that are easily jettisoned as soon as maintaining them proves…

Why it’s better to be poor in England than in Scotland

22 January 2016 13:45

Myths endure forever. Take, for instance, the myth that Scotland is a more equal, egalitarian, kind of place than England.…

Yes, Brexit could very easily lead to the break-up of Britain

18 January 2016 16:53

Oh, look, it’s time for another episode of Jocksplaining. That is, time to remind some people south of the wall that what’s…

Three cheers for the new politics

13 January 2016 15:31

I love the new politics. It warms my heart even on cold and gloomy winter mornings. The novelty of the…

David Mundell comes out as the first openly gay Tory cabinet minister. So what?

13 January 2016 13:28

David Mundell, the Secretary of State for Scotland, is gay. And you know what, so what? Of course Mundell is…

2016 will be another great year for ‘The most dangerous woman in Britain’

22 December 2015 13:38

Yesterday a new Scottish opinion poll reported that 58 percent of voters intend to endorse SNP candidates when the choosing…