Euan McColm

The SNP’s election pitch is a masterclass in inconsistency

20 June 2024 4:59 pm

The SNP may be in crisis, with police investigating the use of party funds and support from voters sliding, but…

How the Scottish Tories can survive

18 June 2024 6:24 pm

‘The thing is,’ says one Conservative member of the Scottish parliament, ‘that we wanted rid of him – just not…

How the SNP broke Holyrood

18 May 2024 4:00 pm

Twenty-five years have passed since the opening of the Scottish parliament and the issue of just how well devolution is…

The legacy of devolution – 25 years on

12 May 2024 8:00 pm

Winnie Ewing, SNP royalty – Madame Écosse to those who had served alongside her in the European Parliament – opened…

The vindication of Kate Forbes

9 May 2024 1:29 am

So much for Scotland being the home of ‘radical’ progressive politics. After almost two decades of the Scottish National party…

Will John Swinney end the SNP’s war on business?

7 May 2024 6:06 pm

Accepting the leadership of the SNP on Monday, John Swinney said his political priority as Scotland’s seventh First Minister would…

Humza Yousaf’s biggest mistake

29 April 2024 10:05 pm

A word of advice for anyone with ambitions to hold high political office: if you think you might ever need…

Humza Yousaf and his ridiculous, feigned outrage

24 April 2024 6:21 pm

Scotland’s First Minister Humza Yousaf is a politician with two settings. If he’s being asked about a difficult issue –…

The undoing of Professor Jason Leitch

13 March 2024 11:56 pm

Jason Leitch was a calm, reassuring presence in his almost daily TV appearances during the pandemic. But after an unedifying…

What’s going on with Nicola Sturgeon’s memory?

1 February 2024 8:27 am

Nicola Sturgeon’s memory is a fascinating and frustrating thing. At times, the former First Minister of Scotland’s powers of recall…

The desperate plight of Humza Yousaf’s relatives, trapped in Gaza

12 October 2023 7:26 pm

Scotland’s First Minister Humza Yousaf has his flaws as a politician but when it comes to the brutal attacks on…

How standing up for JK Rowling destroyed one author’s career

19 September 2023 11:19 pm

When the Scottish writer Gillian Philip posted a tweet in 2020, she could not have imagined the devastating consequences that…

Graham Linehan and the Fringe’s new puritanism

16 August 2023 9:31 pm

Back in the 1980s and ‘90s, Moira Knox was one of the biggest names on the Edinburgh Fringe. She was…

Humza Yousaf will be judged on Nicola Sturgeon’s mistakes

9 August 2023 3:59 am

We must hope Nicola Sturgeon’s remaining supporters are, right now, judging her. That’s what she wanted, after all. In a…

Will this Scottish by-election bring down the SNP?

5 August 2023 6:30 pm

The first by-election in Scotland since the SNP’s change of leadership is a huge test for First Minister Humza Yousaf.…

Has Humza Yousaf achieved anything in his first 100 days?

7 July 2023 6:00 pm

Perhaps Humza Yousaf’s greatest achievement in his first 100 days as First Minister is that he has survived them. Since succeeding…

The timing of Sturgeon’s arrest couldn’t be worse for the SNP

12 June 2023 3:37 am

The arrest of Nicola Sturgeon by police investigating allegations of fraud within the SNP was hardly unexpected. After all, her…