Scotland

The good old ways: nature’s best chance of recovery

15 June 2024 9:00 am

Traditional agricultural methods still operating in pockets of Europe maintain an enviable balance of ecology and economy and an extraordinary diversity of wildlife

Scotland’s religious collapse

8 June 2024 9:00 am

Last week, I had a drink with a Catholic priest friend who works with young people in custody. Inevitably, our…

Alex Salmond: We are not splitting the SNP vote

7 June 2024 2:51 am

Is Alex Salmond feasting on the misery of an SNP that, having hit its high watermark, is now having to…

Sunak won’t be much help to the Scottish Tories

26 May 2024 4:00 pm

The first few days of this general election campaign have been characterised by Rishi Sunak’s dismal campaign management. From wet…

Why are Scottish nationalists so thin-skinned?

15 May 2024 6:59 pm

Scottish nationalists are not happy. What’s new, I hear you ask. Did they lose another leader? Has Sainsbury’s been selling…

Europe has no answer to its immigration problem

4 May 2024 9:00 am

Pulling off the rhetorical trick that Brexit would undermine the Northern Ireland Good Friday Agreement, Michel Barnier, the EU negotiator,…

Humza Yousaf quits – sparking SNP leadership contest

29 April 2024 10:26 pm

Humza Yousaf is stepping down as first minister of Scotland. After feverish speculation over the weekend, Yousaf has announced this…

Who uses Grindr?

13 April 2024 9:00 am

Meet market Who uses the gay dating app Grindr? – The site claims 27m users worldwide, 80.5% of whom identify…

We must never lose the treasured Orkneys

13 April 2024 9:00 am

Fertile fields and spectacular sea stacks are matched by an extraordinarily rich, dramatic history. No wonder the islands have been so celebrated for centuries

The London Library should leave us in peace

6 April 2024 9:00 am

Reading only slightly between the lines of US foreign policy on Israel/Gaza, I detect that its most urgent aim is…

Portrait of the Week: hate crimes, surprise knighthoods and flaming rickshaws

6 April 2024 9:00 am

Home The Hate Crime and Public Order Act came into effect in Scotland, making it a crime to communicate or…

Scotland’s Hate Crime Act may have done us all a favour

6 April 2024 12:53 am

Scotland’s Hate Crime Act (HCA) has, by common agreement, been an unmitigated disaster. Less than a week old, there are…

An unenviable mission: Clear, by Carys Davies, reviewed

9 March 2024 9:00 am

It is 1843, the year of the Great Disruption in the Scottish Church, and an impoverished minister is being paid to clear a lonely North Sea island of any remaining inhabitants

Portrait of the week

14 October 2023 9:00 am

The splendour of Edinburgh’s new Scottish galleries

30 September 2023 9:00 am

Claudia Massie on the spectacular new galleries that showcase the best of Scottish art for the first time

How the Scottish care system failed me in every conceivable way

16 September 2023 9:00 am

Jenni Fagan dug up all the files and archives on herself as a baby in care to write this stunning and poignant memoir

Portrait of the week

26 August 2023 9:00 am

Can Labour win back Scotland?

24 June 2023 9:00 am

When the political cabinet met on Tuesday, by-elections were on the agenda. The Prime Minister is facing four of them.…

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.…

Former first minister Nicola Sturgeon arrested in SNP finance investigation

12 June 2023 12:41 am

Nicola Sturgeon has been arrested in connection with the probe into SNP finances. A spokesperson for Nicola Sturgeon confirmed: ‘Nicola…

In defence of the Free Church of Scotland

23 February 2023 5:24 pm

Recent days have shown an upsurge of interest in a small Presbyterian church (the Free Church of Scotland, colloquially referred…

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…

Is it time to replace Scotland’s sporting anthem?

18 January 2023 11:42 pm

‘Flower of Scotland’ is the unofficial national anthem north of the border but soon enough we may never hear its…

Why we pick the wrong holiday destinations

17 September 2022 9:00 am

Having returned from a fortnight’s break, I wonder if we get holidays all wrong. In northern Europe, the custom is…