Iain MacWhirter

The game is up for the SNP

5 July 2024 4:46 pm

Every election is historic in its own way, and of course the top line this 2024 general election is Labour’s…

Scottish independence could be the biggest loser on election day

2 July 2024 8:11 pm

As the hours tick down to polling day, Scottish nationalists are beginning to assess the damage this election campaign has…

Scotland’s women face a choice on self-ID in this election

24 June 2024 9:47 pm

Women in Scotland have a difficult choice to make in this election. Those whoomen, that is, who are concerned about…

The Supreme Court’s oil ruling spells trouble for the SNP

21 June 2024 10:51 pm

Judges on the Supreme Court appear to have joined Just Stop Oil. In a landmark ruling, with profound implications for the…

When will the SNP admit its independence dream is over?

19 June 2024 10:47 pm

Line one page one of the SNP manifesto is, as promised, about independence. If the SNP wins a majority of…

In praise of Nigel Farage’s war on banks

18 June 2024 6:13 pm

Why did it take Nigel Farage to suggest clawing back some of the super profits pocketed recently by British banks?…

An audience member had the best line during the Scottish leaders’ debate

12 June 2024 4:15 pm

Scottish Tory leader, Douglas Ross, has said he’ll resign after the 4 July election following criticism of his treatment of…

Douglas Ross has made things even worse for the Tories

10 June 2024 10:51 pm

You thought things couldn’t get worse for the Conservative party in this election? They just did. The Scottish Conservative leader, Douglas…

Nigel Farage will be disappointed by his BBC debate performance

8 June 2024 7:53 am

It had been called the dinner party from hell. A seven-strong convention of the also rans. But only one dinner…

What could explain Douglas Ross’s Westminster U-turn?

7 June 2024 1:55 am

Scottish Tory Leader Douglas Ross has a side hustle as an assistant referee for the Scottish Football Association. Now, Scotland’s…

The Scottish leaders debate won’t have changed voters’ minds

4 June 2024 4:57 pm

When Alex Salmond was leader of the SNP he used to complain bitterly to the broadcasters that it was unfair…

The problem with Kemi Badenoch’s transgender reforms

3 June 2024 9:17 pm

It is five years since Labour’s then equalities spokeswoman, Dawn Butler, told a BBC interviewer that babies aren’t born with a sex. It was…

The Edinburgh Book Festival has bowed to the eco mob

1 June 2024 1:26 am

This week, the Edinburgh Book Festival has joined the Hay Literary Festival in abandoning its sponsorship deal with the investment group Baillie…

John Swinney’s wounds are self-inflicted

29 May 2024 11:42 pm

John Swinney has said that he will make sure the public sees enough of him over the election campaign. But…

The SNP has finally given up on Greta Thunberg

28 May 2024 10:19 pm

It is less than three years since Nicola Sturgeon was taking selfies with Greta Thunberg at the COP26 climate talks…

Can Scottish Labour really vanquish the SNP?

24 May 2024 10:09 pm

There is a distinct air of unreality about the position of the Scottish Labour party as it enters this election…

This election couldn’t come at a worse time for the SNP

23 May 2024 10:37 pm

The last time John Swinney was leader of the SNP, 20 years ago, the party went on to return only…

The SNP vows to make poverty history – again

22 May 2024 11:21 pm

There is a weary inevitability about Scotland’s First Minister, John Swinney, promising to ‘eradicate child poverty’ as his ‘single most…

Everything is an emergency after SNP rule

15 May 2024 10:31 pm

After nearly 17 years in office the Scottish government has finally accepted the truth: it is incompetent. It has declared…

Has the SNP really turned its back on identity politics?

11 May 2024 4:00 pm

The term ‘progressive’ has been much abused in the past decade. Originally a term denoting enlightenment and social universalism, it became…

The war on Kate Forbes

2 May 2024 12:31 am

Kate Forbes has yet to throw her hat into the ring for the SNP leadership race, but already the campaign…

Whoever wins the SNP leadership race, the party loses

30 April 2024 9:21 pm

None of the candidates for the SNP leadership has declared yet, but it is shaping up to be a classic…

Did Nicola Sturgeon kill Humza Yousaf’s Alba deal?

30 April 2024 2:34 am

After the tears, the recriminations. Just who scuppered the putative deal between Humza Yousaf and Ash Regan MSP that could…

The final tragedy of ‘Humza the Brief’

29 April 2024 5:18 pm

If, as expected, Humza Yousaf resigns today as First Minister of Scotland, it will be the beginning of the end…

How Humza Yousaf could survive

26 April 2024 4:33 pm

Did Humza Yousaf think it through? When he decided, late on Wednesday night, to pull the plug on the Green-SNP…