Iain MacWhirter

George Galloway will be a nuisance for Keir Starmer

1 March 2024 10:50 pm

The return of ‘Gorgeous’ George Galloway to the House of Commons may not be Keir Starmer’s worst nightmare, but it…

How Nicola Sturgeon saved the Union

15 February 2024 5:00 pm

It may seem perverse to claim that the former first minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon saved the Union between Scotland and…

Edinburgh University’s new rector must save it from gender ideology

15 February 2024 4:29 am

Simon Fanshawe has been installed as the rector of Edinburgh University. The arrival of the comedian and Stonewall dissident to…

Nicola Sturgeon wasn’t the only one to politicise the pandemic

2 February 2024 2:39 am

Nicola Sturgeon ‘could cry from one eye if she wanted to,’ Alister Jack told the UK Covid Inquiry this morning.…

The SNP’s Covid reckoning

27 January 2024 3:10 am

We now know from evidence to the Covid Inquiry that Scottish government ministers were as prone to offensive language as…

Nicola Sturgeon’s remarkable downfall

31 December 2023 6:00 pm

As she faced her final press conference of 2022 last Christmas, the first minister of Scotland seemed unassailable. Nicola Sturgeon…

It’s time for Humza Yousaf to end this gender bill farce

9 December 2023 1:09 am

The first minister of Scotland, Humza Yousaf, has a painful choice following his latest defeat in the Court of Session…

The mystery of the Covid Inquiry’s missing WhatsApps

28 October 2023 6:37 am

It will no doubt be referred to in Whitehall circles in future as the ‘Jason Leitch protocol’. Scotland’s clinical director…

Humza Yousaf has irreparably damaged the independence project

14 October 2023 9:04 pm

As the SNP gathers for its conference in Aberdeen this weekend, Humza Yousaf faces a sea of trouble. But worst…

Humza Yousaf is becoming a master at alienating Scottish voters

17 August 2023 2:41 am

At last, a target Scotland’s First Minister Humza Yousaf should have no trouble meeting. Waiting lists? The attainment gap? Dualling the…

Humza Yousaf’s first 100 days

7 July 2023 4:00 pm

Today marks Humza Yousaf’s 100 days as First Minister, yet not even that has gone right: the nationalist leader has…

Nicola Sturgeon’s arrest was inevitable

12 June 2023 1:37 am

There was an air of inevitability about the arrest today of Nicola Sturgeon. The SNP had been braced for it.…

Scotland awaits the fate of the Third Woman

23 April 2023 9:14 pm

Scottish politics has never been more febrile. If we go a day without an arrest, a resignation, a revelation about…

Humza Yousaf won’t be celebrating for long

28 March 2023 2:47 am

Humza Yousaf has a reputation for being a bit of a crowd-pleaser and, true to form, everyone seemed inordinately happy…

The Windsor Framework isn’t the blessing Scottish nationalists think it is

1 March 2023 5:39 am

Is the Windsor Framework a get-out-of-jail card for Scottish nationalists? The excitement expressed in SNP circles at Rishi Sunak’s Protocol…

The SNP leadership race has turned into the mother of all culture wars

22 February 2023 10:55 pm

Bring back Nicola Sturgeon. The race to replace her as SNP leader and first minister has turned into the mother…

Nicola Sturgeon is a hard act to follow

16 February 2023 12:47 am

Nicola Sturgeon insisted last month she had ‘plenty in the tank’, but apparently the First Minister was already running on…

Gender wars: the Union’s new battle line

18 January 2023 10:00 pm

When Rishi Sunak had dinner with Nicola Sturgeon last week, the idea was to show he was interested in a…

Why we should take the Twitter Files seriously

18 December 2022 2:21 am

‘Shadowbanning’, ‘visibility filtering’, ‘de-amplification’ – the Twitter Files released since Elon Musk took over have given us a new and sinister language…

Gordon Brown doesn’t understand what Scottish voters want

6 December 2022 7:10 pm

Only Gordon Brown could come up with a 40-point plan for constitutional renewal. ‘Less is more’ is not a principle…

How a tweet got me sacked 

5 November 2022 9:00 am

How a silly little bit of satire got me sacked