Alex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

Another Scottish independence referendum is coming

29 June 2022 12:50 am

Despite what the SNP and its supporters insist, Nicola Sturgeon did not ‘announce’ a second referendum on independence today. Far…

The game is up, Boris Johnson

7 June 2022 7:13 pm

The worst possible outcome for the Conservative and Unionist party is also a pretty lousy result for the country. That…

Rest in peace, Shane Warne

5 March 2022 3:16 am

Headingly, July 22nd 1993 and the opening day of the fourth test that summer between England and Australia. This, as…

Boris must go!

2 February 2022 12:50 am

Conservative sympathisers, Conservative voters and Conservative parliamentarians have a simple choice to make this week. Do they stand by a…

Boris's dwindling bunch of supporters must now come clean

15 January 2022 3:36 am

Oh for heaven’s sake, come off it. British politics has long had a comfortable relationship with the absurd but this…

Douglas Ross is right: Boris Johnson must go

13 January 2022 3:30 am

In May 2020 Douglas Ross resigned from Boris Johnson’s government. Though only a junior minister in the Scotland Office –…

The unfathomable inadequacy of Boris Johnson

11 January 2022 10:20 pm

There is no room for wriggling here and not just because multiple witnesses put Boris Johnson and his wife at…

The joy of Boris’s bungled by-election

17 December 2021 10:04 pm

By any reasonable standard the result in the North Shropshire by-election must be reckoned the funniest in years. Perhaps even…

Boris Johnson is eating reality

9 December 2021 12:45 am

It is neither fair nor correct to say it was obvious from the moment Boris Johnson became Prime Minister that…

Is this the beginning of the end for Nicola Sturgeon?

27 November 2021 1:00 am

The SNP are holding their annual conference this weekend and, the times being what they are, it is a virtual…

Boris's rail betrayal is no surprise

19 November 2021 12:13 am

A promise made is merely a promise waiting to be broken. If events complicate life for all governments it is…

Labour’s Scottish problem isn’t going away

29 September 2021 8:11 pm

Certain questions are eternal and many of them are correspondingly dreary too. ‘How should Labour deal with the SNP?’ and…

Is Boris brave enough to confront the truth about the NHS?

20 July 2021 10:30 pm

If a government does not wish to break a manifesto promise it should punt fewer such ‘promises’ into its manifesto.…

The 'mandate wars' won't be resolved anytime soon

9 May 2021 2:41 am

So what does it all mean? The first thing to bear in mind is that more than one thing may…

Scottish nationalism is no better than any other kind

6 May 2021 2:16 am

Even the Americans are noticing Nicola Sturgeon now and if you are – like many nationalists – the kind of…

Does anyone doubt Boris's leaked 'bodies' comment?

27 April 2021 4:07 am

Of course Boris Johnson raged, King Lear-like, that he was prepared to ‘let the bodies pile high in their thousands’…

Alex Salmond is a gift to the Unionist cause

7 April 2021 2:50 am

If Alex Salmond and his new Alba party did not exist, pro-Union parties would find it necessary to invent them.…

Salmond's comeback is a pitiful sight

27 March 2021 4:13 am

When Alex Salmond lost his seat at the 2017 general election, he finished his concession speech with a quotation from…

Sturgeon's future now hangs in the balance

19 March 2021 7:19 am

At First Minister’s Questions this afternoon Nicola Sturgeon accused Ruth Davidson of peddling baseless conspiracy theories, dredged up from ‘the bottom…

The Salmond case has left the House of Sturgeon teetering

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Sturgeon is fighting for her political future

There is something rotten in Scottish politics

18 February 2021 9:55 pm

It is now two years since Nicola Sturgeon accepted the need for a parliamentary inquiry into how, and why, her…

The Sturgeon paradox: the worse she does, the more popular she becomes

5 December 2020 9:00 am

Despite her record, nothing can stop Nicola Sturgeon


Macron isn’t Islamophobic

28 October 2020 3:17 am

Sometimes a story does not receive the attention you think it should. Sometimes the news is too familiar or too…

Keir Starmer and the Scottish independence conundrum

24 September 2020 11:44 pm

In January, Sir Keir Starmer told Border Television’s Peter MacMahon that, look, of course an SNP victory in next year’s…

Sport, for the English, has always been a defiant assertion of liberty

22 August 2020 9:00 am

The history of English sport reflects a defiant people determined to protect their ancient prerogatives, says Alex Massie