SNP

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…

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…

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…

Scotland Office to the Scottish Government: get on with the day job

12 April 2017 13:25

Although a government statement on the labour market statistics for Scotland doesn’t on the surface sound like the juiciest news…

Sunday political interviews round-up: Salmond claims May ‘will crumble’ over IndyRef2

9 April 2017 16:26

Alex Salmond – Theresa May ‘will crumble’ over Scottish referendum Despite Parliament having retired this week, the political debate rages…

SNP resort to desperate tactics in the Chamber

29 March 2017 15:18

As Theresa May gave her statement on Article 50 in the Chamber this lunchtime, there was a fair bit of…

Watch: John Bercow slaps down SNP MP for ‘unseemly’ behaviour

29 March 2017 14:19

Ever since the (fast depleting) SNP 56 descended on Parliament in 2015, they have been frequently criticised for failing to grasp…

Why is Nicola Sturgeon so cagey about Scotland’s EU future?

26 March 2017 8:30

It’s important to keep an ear out for the rhetoric of Britain’s remaining Remain parties, because they are changing, too. Having…