SNP

Mhairi Black turns on herself

10 October 2017 12:31

Who would want an MP who had never had a career outside of politics to represent them? That’s the question…

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…

Could an Englishman ever be First Minister of Scotland?

8 September 2017 14:17

Could an Englishman ever be First Minister of Scotland? That’s the question the Scottish Labour party are having to grapple…

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…

Jeremy Corbyn’s Scotland tour comes at an awkward time for the SNP

22 August 2017 18:37

Ever since the snap election, Jeremy Corbyn has been in campaign mode – claiming Theresa May’s minority government is on…

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…

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…

How to shut down criticism of Scottish independence in four easy steps

6 July 2017 12:07

Step One: Businessman criticises independence.In this case, Les Montgomery, chief executive of the Highland Spring mineral water brand. On Sunday,…

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…

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…

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…

If Theresa May was the election’s biggest loser, Nicola Sturgeon was its second greatest loser

9 June 2017 11:53

Comeuppance is a dish best served scalding hot. That’s the first thing to be said about this glorious election result.…

The Spectator’s complete election guide: what to look out for and when

7 June 2017 16:22

‘Strong and stable’, ‘weak and wobbly’, ‘coalition of chaos’: you’ve heard enough of the slogans. Now, election day is nearly upon…

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…

Have the Lib Dems learned the wrong lesson from the SNP?

19 May 2017 14:33

That the Tories would enjoy this general election campaign and Labour would spend it alternating between abject misery and total…

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…