Alex Salmond

Scotland’s Neverendum begins and there’s nothing Unionists can do to stop it

14 November 2014 10:56

Oh look, it’s a Neverendum. Who could have predicted that the SNP (and the wider Yes movement) would treat defeat…

Alex Salmond’s School of Denial

7 November 2014 13:32

Alex Salmond is on his way out. The First Minister gives every impression of enjoying – or at least making…

Alex Salmond shows how the SNP will fight Labour in 2015

1 November 2014 9:06

Talk to senior Labour figures about the polls that show them losing 30 or more seats in Scotland, and they…

Salmond cancels first south of border appearance

3 October 2014 16:31

Alex Salmond is licking his wounds up north in the wake of his defeat in the Scottish referendum. After describing…

The Scottish Catholic bishops and the Nationalists: a scandal is coming to light

23 September 2014 19:47

Professor Tom Gallagher, a Scottish Catholic historian, wrote a post here yesterday accusing the Catholic hierarchy of Scotland of covertly…

The Yes movement slowly moves through the Kubler-Ross stages of grief

23 September 2014 13:38

No-one has died. No-one has been stabbed. Someone, I suppose, may have been punched. So let’s retain some sense of…

Westminster leaders must now prove they can keep their promises

21 September 2014 13:57

The Westminster party leaders have disagreed with much Alex Salmond has said recently. But it’s pretty difficult to fault the…

In praise of Alex Salmond

19 September 2014 19:38

Alex Salmond has proved himself the most effective party leader in Europe, let alone Britain. He has just run a…

Podcast special: Alex Salmond’s resignation

19 September 2014 17:54

Was Alex Salmond’s resignation a surprise? And what should the SNP do now that it has lost the referendum that…

Scotland rejects independence – as it happened

18 September 2014 23:10

No has won the referendum. Scotland won’t become independent, but it will get new devolved powers, David Cameron promised this morning.…

Spectator writers on the good, the bad and the ugly moments of the IndyRef

18 September 2014 20:04

James ForsythUntil that YouGov poll putting Yes ahead, the No camp had steered clear of making an emotional appeal. But…

Whoever wins Scotland’s referendum, the ‘yes’ side has emphatically won the campaign

18 September 2014 11:40

As I left Edinburgh this morning, en route to Inverness, I passed about four ‘yes’ activists cheerily wishing me good…

Salmond uses final rally to congratulate campaigners

17 September 2014 23:29

Anyone listening to Alex Salmond’s final pro-independence rally tonight in Perth might have been forgiven for thinking the ‘Yes’ campaign…

Salmond’s biggest myth

17 September 2014 18:06

When I asked one leading SNP figure right at the start of this process how they would try and win…

Yes or No, the little white rose of Scotland will bloom again

17 September 2014 13:28

And so our watch is all but over. Who knows what comes tomorrow but at least and at last the…

The public voices for Scotland's no? Expats. Tory. Establishment. Posh. Why?

17 September 2014 12:34

Journalistically speaking, it’s been a good year to be Scottish and Jewish. Had I been a Welsh Zoroastrian, say, I…

If Scotland leave, we don’t owe them anything. But it’s no great favour if they stay

16 September 2014 14:50

I doubt I’m alone among English readers of this magazine in having felt uncomfortable with our last issue. ‘Please stay…

Scottish nationalism: turning neighbours into foreigners

16 September 2014 12:59

Nationalists build walls to keep their people in and the rest out. They create ‘us’ and ‘them’. Friends and enemies.…

The parallels between Alex Salmond and Vladimir Putin

16 September 2014 10:04

Alex Salmond was criticised in the spring for endorsing certain admirable qualities in Vladimir Putin. Salmond told GQ magazine that…

Why bias and bullying matters to both sides in the independence debate

15 September 2014 17:36

Why, in the final few days of campaigning, are both sides in the Scottish independence referendum becoming obsessed with bullying…