SNP

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…

Scotland is paying a heavy price for the SNP’s independence obsession

6 February 2018 8:16

Say what you like about Nicola Sturgeon but she’s consistent. Every autumn, when she sets out her programme for government,…

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…

Mhairi Black rejects Alex Salmond’s sartorial advances

18 December 2017 14:31

Since arriving in Parliament in 2015, Mhairi Black has caused a stir in Westminster. The 23-year-old SNP MP rarely misses…

Brexit tribalism is a virus, and it’s driving the right mad

2 December 2017 10:03

It’s remarkable how quickly tribalism can capture people. Three years ago, only a small number of politicians and commentators advocated…

Watch: Scottish Conservatives vs SNP

29 November 2017 19:04

It’s Opposition day and the SNP’s motion calling for improved transitional measures for the ‘waspi’ women has been the cause…

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…

Theresa May’s Scotland blunder

15 November 2017 8:26

Although it’s widely accepted that Theresa May’s decision to call a snap election was disastrous, one of the few upshots…

Watch: John Bercow’s strange Scottish turn

23 October 2017 17:41

Oh dear. Although John Bercow has a penchant for winding up Conservative MPs in the Chamber, he also has a…

Mhairi Black’s mixed messages

23 October 2017 13:49

Last week, the SNP proved particularly vocal at PMQs after they went on the offensive over a Scottish Conservative MP…

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…

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…