Scotland

Portrait of the week: Scotland votes, Queen speaks and Israel-Palestine crisis escalates

15 May 2021 9:00 am

Home A new complexion of British politics was revealed by the capture of Hartlepool by Jill Mortimer for the Conservatives…

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 Anas Sarwar woo voters back to Scottish Labour?

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Can Anas Sarwar woo Scottish voters back?

What’s next for the Union?

8 May 2021 9:00 am

The Union faces two simultaneous challenges in Northern Ireland and Scotland that both look set to worsen in the coming…

Your guide to the 2021 election results

5 May 2021 7:11 pm

This week will see the biggest set of polls in UK history outside of a general election. Contests are under…

Las Vegas resident urges Scots to vote SNP

5 May 2021 5:16 pm

Sunday’s anti-climactic finale looked set to be the biggest Line of Duty let-down for fans of the hit BBC series.…

What’s so great about ‘super’?

24 April 2021 9:00 am

‘Wizard,’ said William. ‘Super,’ said Ginger, in William and the Moon Rocket (1954). More recently we have had Alex Salmond,…

Letters: There’s nothing libertarian about vaccine passports

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Taking liberties Sir: I feel that Matthew Parris is absolutely wrong about liberty (‘The libertarian case for vaccine passports’, 10…

Letters: The inconsistencies of Mormonism

10 April 2021 9:00 am

A leap of faith Sir: I live not far from the ‘London Temple’ of the Church of Jesus Christ of…

Portrait of the week: Vaccine passports, Northern Ireland riots and a cocaine-smuggling kayaker

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Home The government sketched a scheme for a coronavirus passport, or ‘Covid status certification’, to be tried out at the…

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…

Could Holyrood ever be abolished?

9 April 2021 3:04 am

Although Alex Salmond and his Alba party have understandably been getting most of the attention, the separatists aren’t the only…

How Alex Salmond can game the loophole in Scotland's voting system

6 April 2021 5:56 pm

Two decades after devolution, the Scottish Parliament’s election system still confuses ordinary voters and seasoned political observers alike. Politicians on…

Where did Alex Salmond’s ‘Alba’ party get its name from?

3 April 2021 9:00 am

‘What, old monkey-face!’ said my husband with unnecessary lack of gallantry. He was referring to the 18th Duchess of Alba,…

Community music-making is the jewel in the British crown

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Community music-making is the unifying jewel in the British crown, says James MacMillan

Letters: Britain should hang on to its vaccines

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Ticket to freedom Sir: While I sympathise immensely with the spirit of last week’s lead article (‘Friends in need’, 27…

Portrait of the week: Alex Salmond’s party, China’s H&M ban and protests in Bristol and Batley

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Home More than 30 million had received their first dose vaccination. The government remained confident of supplying second doses and…

The economic case for the Union isn't enough

2 April 2021 5:45 pm

There is a certain kind of critic of independence who hears the news that public funding for Scotland is 30…

Boris has a trump card in denying Sturgeon an 'illegal' referendum

2 April 2021 4:45 pm

Amidst all the dry economic arguments, one of the more emotive fronts on which the 2016 referendum was fought was…

Sturgeon's rush for a referendum could backfire

26 March 2021 3:11 am

The Holyrood election campaign kicks off with Nicola Sturgeon buoyed by James Hamilton’s report concluding that she did not break…

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…

George Galloway is toxic to the Unionist cause

19 March 2021 5:19 am

My mob originates, we have come to assume, from somewhere in Ireland, though exactly where we don’t know. Humza Yousaf,…

Scottish Tories must be more than the angry party of no

16 March 2021 8:03 am

Among the many challenges facing Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross has been the question of definition. It is difficult to…

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…

Letters: What happens if interest rates rise?

13 March 2021 9:00 am

Spinning plates Sir: Kate Andrews is right to highlight the looming risk of inflation (‘Rishi’s nightmare’, 6 March), but to…