Nicola Sturgeon

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…

Vaccine success is a boost for Boris – and the Union

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Imagine for a minute what British politics would be like without a Covid vaccine. The cabinet would be deeply, and…

Sturgeon and the impunity of the SNP

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Scottish politics tends to go through long bouts of single-party dominance. In the 19th century, the Liberals were in charge.…

Sturgeon has become the real opposition leader

9 January 2021 9:00 am

A few months ago, Tory aides spotted a suspicious pattern. If they agreed on a new Covid policy to be…

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

Leaving the Union would harm Scotland more than Brexit

1 December 2020 6:00 pm

The Spectator recently ran a piece by Andrew Wilson, author of the SNP’s Sustainable Growth Commission, under the headline ‘Scotland…

More devolution in England could save the Union

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Tory MPs are already starting to talk about May’s various elections. Boris Johnson’s first post-Covid electoral test will take place…

Why are the devolved nations so ungrateful?

24 October 2020 9:00 am

One of the things I hadn’t anticipated about the pandemic is that it would turn me into an English nationalist.…

Wrecking the Brexit talks won’t help our fishermen

12 September 2020 9:00 am

‘Every country has a political problem with its fishermen,’ wrote Peter Walker, the Conservative minister who negotiated the first effective…

To save the Union, negotiate Scotland’s independence

5 September 2020 9:00 am

The first cabinet meeting of the new term and Boris Johnson’s summer holiday were both dominated by one concern: how…

Justin Trudeau’s prorogation memory loss

20 August 2020 10:05 pm

A prime minister better known for his charisma than his policy achievements proroguing parliament to ride out a political storm.…

Here’s Nicola: can Boris Johnson stop Scottish independence?

15 August 2020 9:00 am

How can Boris deal with the looming question of IndyRef2?

Can the new Scottish Tory leader thwart Nicola Sturgeon?

8 August 2020 9:00 am

The new Scottish Tory leader – and his familiar sidekick

The continued existence of the United Kingdom is now at stake

20 July 2020 4:30 pm

When they come to write the history of the Union’s demise, there will be three guilty men. Tony Blair was…

The Union is in graver danger than ever

18 July 2020 9:00 am

The greatest single danger to this government is the state of the Union. Prime ministers can survive many things, but…

Our politicians are only trying to do their best

18 March 2020 11:41 pm

This is a time for generosity and kindness; a moment for the cutting of slack and the making of allowances.…

The real reason Glasgow’s UN climate summit will be a nightmare

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

Regardless of one’s views on climate change, one should welcome the fact that Boris Johnson removed Claire Perry O’Neill from…