Scotland

Scotland’s chilling new blasphemy law

12 May 2020 6:37 pm

The new Hate Crime Bill proposed by the Scottish Government is a sweeping threat to freedom of speech and conscience.…

Male violence pulses through Evie Wyld’s The Bass Rock

28 March 2020 9:00 am

‘It’s a woman’s thing, creation,’ says Sarah,a girl accused of witchcraft in 18th-century Scotland, in one of the three storylines…

Letters: How to really revitalise the North

29 February 2020 9:00 am

Devolved or decentralised? Sir: Paul Collier (‘Northern lights’, 22 February) conflates what devolution has come to mean, in UK terms, with…

The brands regretting calling themselves ‘Corona’

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Going viral A few of the businesses which chose ‘Corona’ as a brand name and now have a bit of…

The Scottish literary giants who stoked the fires of Anglophobia

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

On the Scottish literary giants who stoked the fires of Anglophobia

Deborah Orr rages against her small-town upbringing

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Unlike a lot of people in the media, I didn’t personally know Deborah Orr, but I know many who did,…

Indyref2 could be the biggest headache of Boris’s premiership

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Nicola Sturgeon is the only opposition leader who survived the general election. She has emerged far stronger. The Tories had…

Corbyn’s problem was not that the media hated him – but that he hated the media

21 December 2019 9:00 am

On the morning of the election, we buried my lovely mum. I write this 24 hours later, now on a…

The 15 Scottish seats that could decide the general election

8 December 2019 8:01 pm

For at least a generation — something we define loosely up here — Scottish hacks have been trying to interest…

Praise be to Mary MacLeod Trump. [Photo: The LIFE Picture Collection / Getty Images]

If we do get a good Anglo-American trade deal, we should thank Trump’s mother

26 October 2019 9:00 am

In an uncharacteristic fit of almost-robustness, Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan has said she is ‘open-minded’ about scrapping the BBC licence…

Brace yourself for no deal

24 August 2019 9:00 am

I AM up on the far north-west coast of Scotland, where the weather is changing every five minutes under vast skies…

Forget Greenland, Donald Trump should buy Scotland

24 August 2019 2:24 am

Donald Trump’s attempted purchase of Greenland may have fallen through but if he’s still in the market, there’s some prime…

It’s not just Scotland’s drugs shame – it’s Britain’s

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Twenty years ago, the Scottish parliament was reconvened after a lapse of almost three centuries. The logic for devolution was…

Will Boris Johnson break up the Union?

29 June 2019 9:00 am

I spent the early part of last week in London, filming what are known in the television trade as PTCs…

Soft cell: ‘Hôtel du Pavot, Chambre 202’, 1970–73, by Dorothea Tanning

Wicked, humorous and high-spirited: Dorothea Tanning at Tate Modern reviewed

16 March 2019 9:00 am

Art movements come and go but surrealism, in one form or another, has always been with us. Centuries before Freud’s…

Love is blind, but lust is not; William Boyd’s 15th novel reviewed

6 October 2018 9:00 am

William Boyd’s 15th novel begins well enough. In 1894 Edinburgh, a 24-year-old piano tuner is promoted to the Paris branch…

No whisky for breakfast? But this is Scotland!

8 September 2018 9:00 am

I begin my 87-day reading tour of the US, UK and Canada on a BA flight that will take me…

The myth of the ‘trustworthy’ Scottish accent

8 September 2018 9:00 am

There was once a belief that for TV and radio commercials, a Scottish voice was more ‘trustworthy’. This was particularly…

Give me Shakespeare’s Macbeth over Jo Nesbo’s any day

14 April 2018 9:00 am

It must have seemed a good idea to someone: commissioning a range of well-known novelists to ‘reimagine Shakespeare’s plays for…

Kilchoman isn’t a good whisky; it’s a great one

3 March 2018 9:00 am

‘What seas what shore what grey rocks what water lapping the bow’. So evocative, which seems strange: one would have…

As a trainee teacher, I saw the damage the SNP is inflicting on Scottish education

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Once one of the best in the world, Scotland’s education system has been steadily marching backwards for the past ten…

Notebook

7 October 2017 9:00 am

To Skibo Castle for a four-day wedding, a dream of super-luxury and great good fun. I was struck by how…

Diary

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Diana Spencer has been dead for 20 years. I was a journalist on the Evening Standard in those days and…

Live like a laird: Brodie Castle

The saddest, most romantic view in Britain

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Is there a more forlornly romantic spot in Britain than the moors east of Inverness where the Jacobite dream died?…

In fear we trust: how the Tories became addicted to negativity

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Strange as it may seem, there are still people around David Cameron who regard the Scottish referendum campaign as a…