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.

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

In Scotland’s grittier pubs, a simple rule has long applied: no football colours and no talking about politics. With enough…

Everyone loves Ruth Davidson. No one will vote for her

9 January 2016 9:00 am

Minority sects are often more interesting, and more colourful, than their more popular rivals. That must explain why the Scottish…

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

Something wonderful is happening in English cricket. The Ashes are upon us and, at last, the England team seem determined…

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

Never before — at least, not in living memory — has there been such a disconnect between north and south…

The SNP has replaced the Church of Scotland

18 April 2015 9:00 am

The Church of England’s catechism begins ‘What is your name?’ The old Presbyterian catechism favoured in Scotland asked a better,…

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

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Anyone seeking to understand the strength of the SNP should look to those parts of Scotland where the party is…

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

29 November 2014 9:00 am

Nearly 20 years ago, during one of the many impasses on the road to ‘peace’ in Northern Ireland, Gerry Adams…

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

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Let us take a trip to America in 1976. The unelected incumbent president, Gerald Ford, is being challenged for the…

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

9 August 2014 9:00 am

 Edinburgh When the histories of the Scottish independence debate are written, 13 February 2014 will be seen as a crucial…

Alex Salmond is within striking distance of victory. Why hasn’t England noticed?

8 February 2014 9:00 am

 Edinburgh A century ago, with Britain in peril, Lord Kitchener’s stern countenance demanded that every stout-hearted Briton do their bit…

High tea in Sri Lanka's Hill Country

4 January 2014 9:00 am

In the bar of the Hotel Suisse, perched above the lake in Kandy (pictured), high up in Sri Lanka’s Hill…

George Galloway's one-man mission to save the Union

16 November 2013 9:00 am

George Galloway is unhappy. One of his interlocutors on Twitter has told him to ‘Fuck off back to England’. Gorgeous…

Why must we worry about London’s success?

31 August 2013 9:00 am

For a long time my view of the Imperial Capital — as, like other Scots, I am still prone to…