Scottish independence referendum

Referendum rage: a warning from Scotland

2 April 2016 9:00 am

In Scotland’s grittier pubs, a simple rule has long applied: no football colours and no talking about politics. With enough…

Of course the old Tory hatreds are back. That’s referendums for you

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Of course it’s vicious. It was always going to be. Sure, they’ve spent decades living peacefully side by side, but…

The year that Scotland learned to hate

9 May 2015 9:00 am

You get bad losers in politics and bad winners, too, but it’s surely a rare business to get a bad…

The real threat to Britain (and it’s not the SNP)

21 March 2015 9:00 am

What a load of mendacious balls everybody talks about Scotland. It’s like a disease. It’s like, you know how they…

How Labour lost Scotland (and could lose the Union)

7 February 2015 9:00 am

Just four months ago Scotland was the scene of great cross-party co-operation — unprecedented in peace-time politics. Gordon Brown was…

The National shows just how much danger the Union – and Scotland – is still in

29 November 2014 9:00 am

Nearly 20 years ago, during one of the many impasses on the road to ‘peace’ in Northern Ireland, Gerry Adams…

Meet the new Queen of Scots: Nicola Sturgeon’s unstoppable rise

22 November 2014 9:00 am

‘She sold out the Hydro arena faster than Kylie Minogue,’ said one awestruck unionist of Nicola Sturgeon this week. Scotland’s…

Spectator letters: In defence of the EU, the Welsh and Mary Wakefield

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Breaking the unions Sir: By the time this letter appears we shall know whether the land of my birth has…

The ‘no’ campaign’s problem was that it sounded like me

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Journalistically speaking, it’s been a good year to be Scottish and Jewish. Had I been a Welsh Zoroastrian, say, I…

Santander’s secret: to conquer the world, stay like a small-town bank

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Four years ago, I wrote that I knew no dark rumours about Santander, the rising force in UK high street…

Would Alex Salmond give up his job to a heckler? It happened in Athens

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Alex Salmond claims to be thrilled that so many people in Scotland are suddenly gripped by politics. The importance of…

Is clicking on Jennifer Lawrence’s naked pictures really as bad as hacking and distributing them?

6 September 2014 9:00 am

‘If you click on Jennifer Lawrence’s naked pictures,’ said the headline on the Guardian’s website, ‘you’re perpetuating her abuse.’ That…

The surprise winners from the referendum? Scotland. Politics. Big ideas are back at last

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Let us take a trip to America in 1976. The unelected incumbent president, Gerald Ford, is being challenged for the…

Andrew Marr’s diary: Seeing shadows of Syria in Limousin’s ghost village

30 August 2014 9:00 am

No, no, no, you don’t want a house abroad — the paperwork, the taxes, the piping, the cost of the…

Europe's leaders worship Mario Draghi. They should listen to him instead

30 August 2014 9:00 am

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi secured a place in history by his demonstration, on 26 July 2012, of the…

The SNP’s 'cybernats' are a modern political scourge – with the zeal of converts

30 August 2014 9:00 am

The first ‘yes’ campaign volunteer knocked on my door towards the end of last year. She was a member of…

Spectator letters: Press regulation, heroic Bulgarians and the case for Scotch on the rocks

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Beyond the law Sir: In your leading article of 28 June you make the point that the hacking trial demonstrates…

I salute the wisdom of young Scots on independence (they’re voting No, by the way)

7 June 2014 9:00 am

It’s a constant theme of this column that today’s young need to stop whingeing about their prospects and get on…

Meet Alex Salmond’s secret weapon: the England football team

31 May 2014 9:00 am

Why did Alex Salmond choose this year to hold the Scottish independence referendum? People have said it is because 2014…

Peter McKay’s diary: Is Kate and William’s Scottish trip a pro-union initiative?

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Having dampened local republican ardour during their recent tour of New Zealand and Australia, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge…

Scotland’s fate is more important than David Cameron’s

17 May 2014 9:00 am

‘It is never difficult to distinguish between a Scotsman with a grievance and a ray of sunshine.’ So wrote P.G.…

University tuition fees are a tax. It’s time to admit it

5 April 2014 9:00 am

Regardless of how many brains David Willetts has got, it’s not surprising that tuition fees are a mess. They’re a…

Spectator letters: Wind and bias, and the Scots at war

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Caution over wind Sir: While the broadcast media have assailed their audiences with simplistic yet blanket coverage of the floods…

It’s time that Scotland’s timid posh folk spoke out

22 February 2014 9:00 am

I took part in a documentary about Scottishness a few weeks ago, and it wasn’t bad at all. I mused,…

Any other business: The friends of Putin taking home gold from the Sochi Olympics

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Imagine if the BBC’s excitable commentators had been asked to cover the building of Sochi’s facilities, rather than the Winter…