Nicola Sturgeon

Sturgeon’s economic council is a fig-leaf for independence

18 July 2021 4:00 pm

This month’s announcementof a new economic advisory council formed by the Scottish government came with the usual flow of superlatives.…

Revealed: The SNP strategy for a second independence vote

17 July 2021 4:35 am

A new leaflet from the SNP says another referendum on independence is ‘an issue of basic democracy’ and that Boris…

Nicola Sturgeon isn't serious about IndyRef2

27 June 2021 3:30 pm

The announcement reeked of desperation. Nicola Sturgeon is‘delighted’ that the SNP National Executive Committee has approved her nomination of retired…

Ever weaker Union: The Tories lack a constitutional theory

25 June 2021 12:10 am

No doubt Michael Gove is satisfied with how his latest comments on Scottish independence have gone down. The Chancellor of…

Westminster must stop Sturgeon's separatist empire-building

28 May 2021 1:23 am

It is so rare to see a Conservative push back against devolution creep that I didn’t believe my eyes at…

The wrath of Nicola Sturgeon

15 May 2021 9:00 am

I can’t seem to find the Oracle of Delphi’s complete works. The libraries remain shut and when I go to…

The great pretender: Nicola Sturgeon’s independence bluff

15 May 2021 9:00 am

Will Boris Johnson call Nicola Sturgeon’s bluff?

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…

Can the UK government navigate the SNP's calls for a second referendum?

9 May 2021 2:00 am

The Unionist tactical voting in Scotland makes it tempting to see the country as split down the middle between pro-independence…

Can Anas Sarwar woo voters back to Scottish Labour?

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Can Anas Sarwar woo Scottish voters back?

Has the shine come off Saint Jacinda?

20 April 2021 7:47 pm

For a short time it seemed as if Jacinda Ardern, the popular premier of New Zealand, could do no wrong…

Drowning the sorrows of Scotland’s virulent nationalism

10 April 2021 9:00 am

There is a more depressing subject than the lockdown. The evening began with a bottle of 18-year-old Glenmorangie. It was…

Salmond could spark a nationalist war over Europe

7 April 2021 4:00 pm

There was a Scooby Doo moment in Alex Salmond’s campaign launch on Tuesday. Something that made me think: ‘Ruh-roh’. The…

What we still don’t know about the Salmond affair

24 March 2021 1:47 am

The inquiry into the Alex Salmond affair has concluded that Nicola Sturgeon misled parliament and potentially breached the ministerial code.…

The Hamilton report has not vindicated Nicola Sturgeon

23 March 2021 5:20 am

Let me first deal with the general confusion. Most Scots think that the Hamilton Report, published today, deals with the…

The shine has finally come off the SNP

23 March 2021 4:59 am

This week is still going to be a bad one for Nicola Sturgeon. But it seems probable that we won’t…

The Crown Office, The Spectator and a fight for a free press

20 March 2021 9:00 am

The power wielded by Nicola Sturgeon and her Scottish government means it’s hard to hold her to account for basic…

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…

David Davis: Scotland – A deficit of power and accountability

17 March 2021 7:34 am

For the past few months, Scotland has been transfixed by the Holyrood inquiry seeking the truth of what went wrong…

Is Sturgeon losing support for Scottish independence?

13 March 2021 9:00 am

Every politician likes to say that they don’t pay attention to opinion polls. In my experience, this is almost universally…

Alex Salmond and the trouble with revenge

13 March 2021 9:00 am

Ancient Greeks were not slow to express their enthusiasm for taking revenge. Observing the recent proceedings in the Scottish parliament,…

The Sturgeon case exposes the fatal flaw in Scottish devolution

6 March 2021 9:00 am

The campaign for a Scottish parliament was rooted in the notion of a ‘democratic deficit’. Scotland kept voting Labour but…

The SNP's transphobia muddle

23 February 2021 9:32 pm

For a party so devoted to trans rights, it seems strange that the SNP is less than forthcoming over its…

Salmond, Sturgeon and why The Spectator went to court

20 February 2021 9:00 am

Did Nicola Sturgeon lie to the Scottish parliament? A Holyrood committee into the now infamous Alex Salmond affair has been…

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…