Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon needs to do more for children in care

18 June 2019 17:40

If you’ve glanced at a photograph of Nicola Sturgeon in the past year or two, you won’t have failed to…

Scotland’s dirty little secret: we’re as anti-immigration as England

13 May 2019 10:11

In August 2007, three months after coming to power at Holyrood, the SNP launched its National Conversation on Scotland’s constitutional…

Nicola Sturgeon is taking Scottish nationalists for a ride

25 April 2019 15:46

There’s an episode of Father Ted in which the simple but endearing Father Dougal gets stuck on a milk float…

Who does Nicola Sturgeon think she is?

7 February 2019 19:35

It’s been a busy old week in Scottish politics. The SNP government is suffering a public backlash over plans to…

Alex Salmond’s arrest is the latest twist in an extraordinary drama

24 January 2019 11:16

This morning Police Scotland announced that a 64 year old man had been arrested and charged with unknown offences. Not…

The price of the SNP’s Brexit strategy

9 October 2018 12:21

Nicola Sturgeon’s indication that SNP MPs will back a second vote on Brexit might be clever politics but it is…

Alex Salmond denies sexual assault allegations

24 August 2018 9:01

Scots are used to tumult and unpredictability in their politics but this morning they are waking up to something of…

Revealed: the Scottish uni courses for (feepaying) English students only

17 August 2018 16:57

When Alex Salmond stepped down as First Minister, he famously unveiled a commemorative stone engraved with the message ‘The rocks…

The poor wee SNP

13 June 2018 16:04

Of course it was a “stunt” – the Westminster village’s preferred term for any piece of nonsense that disrupts the…

Is Ruth Davidson really the stuff of Tory dreams?

30 May 2018 13:10

“The greatest politician in the world”, a friend quipped recently, “is the Westminster projection of Ruth Davidson”. I do not…

The sad state of Scottish politics

7 April 2018 21:04

Here is a list of things that happened in Scotland this week. See if you can guess which caused the…

A Scottish Tory government is no longer wishful thinking

30 March 2018 8:00

‘The Scottish Conservatives aspire to lead the next government of Scotland,’ proclaims Ruth Davidson in a pamphlet setting out the…

Is shortbread unpatriotic? Some Scottish nationalists think so

7 March 2018 17:11

Robert Welch, founder of the John Birch Society, was a red-baiter of such ferocity he made Joe McCarthy look like…

The SNP should reinvent itself

15 February 2018 12:33

The SNP, you’ll be distressed to learn, are having a time of it. The party is embroiled in a deputy…

Books Podcast: The life and work of Muriel Spark

25 January 2018 14:59

This week’s books podcast celebrates the centenary of Muriel Spark. I’m joined by Alan Taylor (author of a new memoir…

Robert Burns’ #MeToo moment

24 January 2018 10:48

A year ago, I sang ‘Ye Banks and Braes’ by Robert Burns at the annual Scottish banquet at Manhattan’s University…

Why has the SNP inflicted this video on us?

19 January 2018 20:49

I don’t know where people get the idea the SNP is intolerant of criticism. Scotland’s most open-minded party has released…

The last thing the UK needs is higher Scottish taxes

12 December 2017 13:17

A top rate of 50 percent? A wider range of tax bands? Lower allowances? Or some combination of all three?…

The SNP’s supporters have never been more angry and afraid

27 November 2017 16:55

It’s quiet up in Scotland at the minute. We’ve not tried to secede in a few months, some MSPs are…

In defence of smacking children

21 October 2017 10:00

Scotland is fast becoming the most strident, unforgiving nanny state in the West. A world leader in the policing of…