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.

Why there won’t be a Scottish independence poll this year

15 January 2020 12:50 am

There will be no second referendum on Scottish independence this year. This is certain. And it is not because Boris…

Hong Kong faces a growing crisis in 2020

1 January 2020 1:19 am

Last week Carrie Lam, the embattled chief executive of Hong Kong’s increasingly beleaguered and unpopular government, deplored the latest round…

Boris’s big strength could soon become a Tory weakness

14 December 2019 7:00 pm

First, a clarification. I may previously have suggested that Boris Johnson is an unprincipled egomaniac wholly lacking in both moral…

Bob Willis’s contribution to English cricket will never be forgotten

5 December 2019 7:35 am

Certain days in the long and sometimes glorious history of English cricket are so brightly coloured they can never fade.…

The pestilence of Brexit and the failure of the political class

25 October 2019 10:20 pm

The latest confirmation of the sickness evident in British politics these days comes courtesy of political scientists at the universities…

What happened to the Conservative Party?

5 September 2019 9:06 pm

So now we know. There is no point in denying it and no advantage in wishing away plainly observable reality.…

The magic and mystery of English cricket

18 August 2019 7:42 am

Nothing in cricket is quite as visceral, even quite as primeval, as the confrontation between a batsmen of the highest…

The Brexiteers have blown it

13 March 2019 10:41 pm

If, as Rod Liddle says, Brexit has been killed there is no shortage of suspects. 75 of them, in fact.…

It’s Salmond vs Sturgeon – and whoever wins, the SNP loses

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Amid the wreckage of a Brexit process that has disrupted every aspect of British political life, it is easy to…

This is Ukip’s Britain. The rest of us just live in it

27 January 2018 9:00 am

The continuing saga of Henry Bolton’s notional leadership of Ukip continues to amaze and amuse and appal in equal measure.…

Hands off our Ruth

17 June 2017 9:00 am

At last, there is light in the north. The long Scottish Tory winter has finally ended, giving way to the…

Ruth, Queen of Scots

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Twenty years ago, Conservatism all but died in Scotland. Tony Blair’s landslide victory made Scotland, at least in terms of…

Back into battle

4 March 2017 9:00 am

On 24 June last year, in the Georgian splendour of her official residence in Edinburgh’s Charlotte Square, Scotland’s First Minister…

Highland sting

20 August 2016 9:00 am

There is no party in Britain quite as fake as the Scottish National Party. The SNP, now entrenched in its…

Referendum rage: a warning from Scotland

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Scots know all too well how it feels. The rest of Britain is about to learn

Everyone loves Ruth Davidson. No one will vote for her

9 January 2016 9:00 am

Scots love their Tory leader. But they won’t vote for her

W.G. Grace, by W.T. Wilson, 1887: Grace is beginning to show signs of the gluttony that marked his late career

Sport’s first celebrity: W.G. Grace

10 October 2015 9:00 am

Should you wish to have a good copy of the 1916 edition of Wisden, cricket’s annual bible, you should be…

Hallelujah! The England cricket team is fun again

4 July 2015 9:00 am

At long last, the England cricket team have rediscovered their love of the game

The definitive literary guide to mixed martial arts

4 July 2015 9:00 am

This is the best book you’ll ever read about mixed martial arts fighting; and this will still be the case…

Reflections on the revolution in Scotland

9 May 2015 9:00 am

This was the Scottish election. Where next for the Union now?

The SNP has replaced the Church of Scotland

18 April 2015 9:00 am

The great SNP revival, and why it’s impervious to reason

Why an SNP surge at Westminster could mean the end of Britain

28 February 2015 9:00 am

A landslide for the SNP will inevitably lead to the end of the Union

The National shows just how much danger the Union – and Scotland – is still in

29 November 2014 9:00 am

The successful launch of a nationalist newspaper shows just how much trouble the Union is still in

The surprise winners from the referendum? Scotland. Politics. Big ideas are back at last

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Whatever the outcome of the referendum, Scotland will be better for having had the debate

Secret oil fields! Skewed polls! The Yes campaign is losing the plot

9 August 2014 9:00 am

The success of the campaign to save the Union can be heard in the increasingly hysterical tone of independence supporters