Scotland

Portrait of the week: A Covid Budget, a Cotswold meteor and Angelina Jolie sells Churchill’s painting

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Home First-dose coronavirus vaccinations totalled more than 20 million. A study suggested that in the over-eighties, a single dose of…

Emmanuel Macron’s vaccine muddle

6 March 2021 9:00 am

In 2000, this magazine dipped its toe in murky Irish water. Stephen Glover wrote three articles, one provocatively entitled ‘The…

Letters: The key to Scotland’s future

6 March 2021 9:00 am

The key to the Union Sir: ‘Love-bombing’ the Scottish electorate with supplemental spending in devolved areas (‘The break-up’, 27 February)…

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…

Scotland could become the EU's next great problem

2 March 2021 8:54 pm

It is generally acknowledged, even by diehard Remainers, that the European Union’s handling of Cameron’s attempted renegotiation of the UK’s…

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…

Does the SNP really want to copy Norway's gender revolution?

16 February 2021 9:30 pm

Five years ago, in June 2016, Norway allowed anyone to change their legal gender. Legislative Decree 71 was everything that…

Why Boris Johnson must say no to a second Scottish referendum

13 February 2021 6:30 pm

It’s hard to believe in these early weeks of 2021, when the country is grappling with an unprecedented national health…

Is the SNP prepared for Scotland's next financial crisis?

7 February 2021 6:00 pm

As the world continues its fight against Covid-19, the Scottish National Party has been busy plotting Scotland’s exit from the UK. If…

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.…

The age of de-enlightenment

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Depictions of Thomas Carlyle and David Hume in the Scottish Portrait Gallery will be altered to make it clear they…

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…

We don't want pandemic novels – we want gentle escapism

28 November 2020 9:00 am

I’m often asked when I’ll write a pandemic novel. I’m not sure I’d ever be tempted, though the backdrop of…

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…

Scotland can’t afford to remain part of the Union

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Staying in the Union is now riskier than independence

Boris was right: Scottish devolution has been a disaster

17 November 2020 6:00 pm

Boris Johnson says devolution has been a ‘disaster’. This has the rare quality for a Boris statement of being true…

Drinking to the glories of Burns and follies of Boris

14 November 2020 9:00 am

At least in London, midwinter spring has not been entirely vanquished, and the trees are still a couple of strong…

Will my kids report me for hate speech?

14 November 2020 9:00 am

When Humza Yousaf, the SNP’s cabinet secretary for justice, announced that his new Hate Crime Bill would remove the ‘dwelling…

Letters: How Nicola Sturgeon outdoes Boris

31 October 2020 9:00 am

Ask the English Sir: Toby Young rightly criticises the juvenile posturing of the devolved governments of the Union over Covid-19…

Letters: why Scots want independence

24 October 2020 9:00 am

State of the Union Sir: Writing in a week that an opinion poll shows 58 per cent support for independence…

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.…

Older and grumpier: A Song for the Dark Times, by Ian Rankin, reviewed

17 October 2020 9:00 am

By my reckoning, this is the 24th outing for John Rebus, Scotland’s best known retired police officer. One of the…

Only a ‘good’ Brexit can stop Scottish independence

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Only a ‘good’ Brexit can stop Scottish independence

Divided nation: will Covid rules tear the country apart?

10 October 2020 9:00 am

The Covid divide is triggering political tensions