SNP

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…

Labour can't learn from its mistakes. Here's why

14 May 2016 9:00 am

By now, Labour should be rather good at post-defeat inquests. Plenty have been conducted over the years and the drill…

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…

Spectator Letters: Hope for the Scottish Tories, policing charities after Kids Company

16 January 2016 9:00 am

Borderline case Sir: Alex Massie (‘The painful truth for Ruth’, 9 January) correctly identifies the challenges facing the Scottish Conservatives.…

The shocking truth about the English and the Scots: they agree

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Last year, the United Kingdom came within 384,000 votes of destruction. A referendum designed to crush the Scottish nationalists instead…

Centralising, illiberal, catastrophic: the SNP’s one-party state

17 October 2015 9:00 am

Imagine a country where the government so mistrusted parents that every child was assigned a state guardian — not a…

What Scottish professors have to fear from Nicola Sturgeon’s power grab

17 October 2015 8:00 am

In the grounds of Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University stands a one-tonne sculpture. Roughly hewn and about five feet high, it carries…

Max Hastings’s diary: How sporting tourists play into Nicola Sturgeon’s hands

12 September 2015 9:00 am

During our annual odyssey around the Scottish Highlands, I read Tears of the Rajas, Ferdinand Mount’s eloquent indictment of imperial…

Jeremy Corbyn won’t destroy Labour. But he might yet destroy the country

1 August 2015 9:00 am

Imagine, for a moment, the following scenario. In 2016 Britain votes narrowly to remain within the European Union, despite the…

The SNP surge at Westminster might just accidentally save the Union

25 July 2015 9:00 am

There are few quicker ways to annoy an MP than to suggest that they are on holiday when the House…

What are we going to do about urban foxes?

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Forget about the countryside. When is the government going to do something about the vulpine creatures wreaking havoc in central…

Portrait of the week

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Home A Bill to enable a referendum on whether voters wanted Britain to ‘remain’ in the European Union figured in…

Should we fear a Mugabe-style land grab in rural Scotland?

23 May 2015 9:00 am

Just under 100 years ago the headline in the Oban Times read ‘American family buy lodge and estate on the…

Portrait of the week

16 May 2015 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, soon got used to the surprise of the Conservatives being returned in the general…

Zoe Williams’s diary: The return of the Tories means tears in the playground

16 May 2015 9:00 am

For the 2005 general election, I had a party featuring a gigantic cheesecake with differentiated segments by allegiance. It contained…

The two Labour tribes preparing to go to war

16 May 2015 9:00 am

The Labour party is in a worse position today than after its defeat in 1992. Then, the electorate sent Labour…

James Runcie’s diary: A Willie’s shock at the SNP

9 May 2015 9:00 am

I am writing a play about Dr Johnson and his Dictionary. It will be performed in Scotland later this year.…

After Miliband’s ‘tablet of stone’ stunt, I may just spend election day in the pub

9 May 2015 9:00 am

You have the advantage over me. You know the result of the general election, whereas I do not — a…

Reflections on the revolution in Scotland

9 May 2015 9:00 am

Never before — at least, not in living memory — has there been such a disconnect between north and south…

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…

Welcome to Miliband country: how Labour would wreck rural life

2 May 2015 9:00 am

Imagine rural England five years into a Labour government led by Ed Miliband, and propped up by the SNP and…

Portrait of the week

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Home The prospect of a parliamentary alliance between Labour and the Scottish National Party injected an element of fear into…

What happens to politicians who insult the audience? Ask Dan Quayle

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Any answers? Nigel Farage accused the audience in the BBC opposition leaders’ debate of being left-wing. Need insulting an audience…

Left-wing populism is on the rise - and may take Ed Miliband to No10

18 April 2015 9:00 am

A spectre is haunting Europe — and knocking on the door of Downing Street. It has installed a president in…

The SNP has replaced the Church of Scotland

18 April 2015 9:00 am

The Church of England’s catechism begins ‘What is your name?’ The old Presbyterian catechism favoured in Scotland asked a better,…