Scotland

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…

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…