Scotland

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…

Scottish Labour’s leadership contest is turning ugly

28 September 2017 14:06

The people’s flag is even deeper red in Scottish Labour, where the daggers are plunging in all directions amid a…

Scotland’s artist-activists are the country’s truly sinister nationalists

21 September 2017 9:16

The SNP’s Fiona Hyslop is not an obvious candidate to lead a cultural revolution. The Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for…

Scepticism about Scottish devolution is growing fast

18 September 2017 17:02

A report suggesting that the £414m Scottish Parliament building could reach the end of its ‘useful life’ by 2060 – after just 45…

Scotland’s deficit figures show that the UK works

6 September 2017 17:23

Last month, the Scottish Government published their annual Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) report. The figures were good news…

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…

The battle for Scottish independence is far from over

11 August 2017 15:00

It is August and, except in Washington and Pyongyang, the square root of heehaw is happening. This poses certain difficulties…

Why Scotland’s rural communities need grouse shooting

11 August 2017 12:50

Tomorrow, 12 August, is the ‘Glorious Twelfth’: the official start of the grouse-shooting season. This normally means plenty of tweed…

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…

Ruth Davidson is on manoeuvres. What is she playing at?

9 August 2017 15:43

So Ruth Davidson, honorary colonel in the signals reserve, is on manoeuvres again. It is past time, the leader of…

Did Jeremy Corbyn really save the Labour party in Scotland?

11 July 2017 16:27

If a line is repeated often enough it becomes true. Or true enough, anyway. This, at any rate, is one…

Scotland needed government. It got nationalism instead

1 July 2017 15:43

As you approach the Scottish Parliament from the Royal Mile, a modest curve juts out from the obnoxious angles. This…

The SNP are guilty of shocking chutzpah in their claims over a Tory ‘stitch up’

21 June 2017 8:45

I have an awkward relationship with the House of Lords. On the one hand, it regularly proves a doughty guardian…

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…

By loving independence so much, the SNP may have killed it

9 June 2017 15:50

When Alex Salmond lost the Scottish independence referendum, he sought to console himself and the ranks of the vanquished by…

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…

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…

Can Labour become a truly national party again?

24 April 2017 17:05

The latest polling marmalade dropper comes from Wales. Labour have won a majority of Welsh seats in every general election…

Theresa May’s election gamble is paying off

23 April 2017 10:07

Everything you need to know about the current state of the polls is summed up by the fact that one…

The strange rebirth of Scottish Conservatism

23 April 2017 9:54

At the time of their 1997 wipeout, the Scottish Tories were at least hated. When I was reporting from the Scottish…

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…