Nicola Sturgeon

Sunday shows round-up: Scottish independence scotched (again)

8 October 2017 16:48

Sturgeon – It is ‘premature’ to set a date for second independence referendum The SNP are rounding off this year’s…

Brexit poses fresh problems for Welsh devolution

17 September 2017 10:00

Twenty years ago Wales (barely) said Yes to devolution. Despite a Welsh Assembly being supported by the wildly popular new…

Nicola Sturgeon’s Third Way

6 September 2017 13:45

Nicola Sturgeon is invariably at her most persuasive best when she puts partisanship to one side and emphasises that, in addition…

Scotland’s vast deficit gives nationalists another dose of reality

23 August 2017 11:16

Happy GERS day everyone! For the uninitiated, the publication of the Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland figures has become one…

The SNP’s fatal flaw

22 August 2017 12:37

Nicola Sturgeon, SNP leader and occasional first minister of Scotland, has come to a jarring realisation. After 31 years as…

Scottish nationalism is having a nervous breakdown

10 August 2017 14:19

When Nicola Sturgeon’s indyref2 gamble backfired and the SNP got slapped around in the election, it was only a matter of…

Spectator competition winners: The Book of Nicola Sturgeon

9 July 2017 9:45

Inspiration for the latest competition came from Anthony Lane’s terrific ‘The Book of Jeremy Corbyn’, an account of the general…

Nicola Sturgeon asks Scotland for one thing: patience

27 June 2017 16:34

Ever since the general election Nicola Sturgeon has lurked in her tent, contemplating the future. The result of that election,…

Apart from independence, the SNP stands for nothing

17 June 2017 8:30

The deposed Scottish Nationalist MP for East Lothian, George Kerevan, found solace this week in the words of a distinguished…

Independence is the SNP’s day job. Everything else is a distraction

16 June 2017 14:44

‘Get back to the day job.’ The six magic words that delivered the Scottish Tories their best election night in…

How long can Nicola Sturgeon pretend that nothing has changed?

15 June 2017 11:22

Is Nicola Sturgeon, not to put too fine a point on things, losing it? Just six weeks ago this question…

Nicola Sturgeon has just kebabed Kezia Dugdale in the STV debate

6 June 2017 23:35

For much of last night’s STV debate, the last such contest in Scotland in this election, it looked as though…

Nicola Sturgeon raises prospect of a SNP-Corbyn ‘progressive alliance’ in Westminster

28 May 2017 19:42

The most memorable poster of the 2015 general election campaign was an image of Alex Salmond with Ed Miliband snug…

Nicola Sturgeon knows her policy – but her only real concern is independence

28 May 2017 19:36

No-one has ever accused Nicola Sturgeon of winging it. Unlike some politicians, she enjoys doing her homework. If you want…

Andrew Neil interviews Nicola Sturgeon: Full transcript

28 May 2017 19:18

AN: Nicola Sturgeon the SNP has governed Scotland for ten years, so can we start by agreeing that the performance…

Nurse who confronted Nicola Sturgeon in TV debate is smeared by SNP

21 May 2017 22:51

Well, that didn’t take long. When the BBC Scotland leaders’ debate finished, it was clear who the star had been: Claire…

The night the audience turned on Nicola Sturgeon

21 May 2017 21:55

After the agony of the recent ITV opposition leaders’ debate, the Scottish leaders’ debate felt like a much-needed upgrade – in…

The SNP’s muddled education policy is failing Scottish kids

9 May 2017 12:21

I am afraid that whenever a politician asks to be judged on their record, it is sensible to assume this…

The Tory revival in Scotland belongs to the Unionists

6 May 2017 15:11

Well, then. It turns out that the revival of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist party is a real thing. Last…

How to vote to save the Union

26 April 2017 16:32

When launching the Scottish National Party’s election campaign, Nicola Sturgeon said the word ‘Tory’ 20 times in 20 minutes. For…

What’s the point of the SNP?

25 April 2017 16:04

Well, golly, Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the SNP and First Minister of Scotland, says this general election has nothing to…

There is something grubby about Theresa May’s snap election

20 April 2017 7:31

Since I suggested last July that Theresa May, newly anointed as leader of the Conservative and Unionist party and Prime…

Nicola Sturgeon’s election response: full text

18 April 2017 11:10

Nicola Sturgeon says that Theresa May has called an early general election in order to ‘force through a hard Brexit’.…

The joys of Brexit

2 April 2017 12:00

The thing that got me about the photo-graph which prompted the Daily Mail’s harmless but now infamous headline ‘Never mind…

Let’s compare Sturgeon and May’s sure-footedness – not their legs

1 April 2017 10:00

One must not make odious comparisons between Mrs May’s legs and those of Ms Sturgeon, but it is not sexist…