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Alex Massie a freelance journalist and former Washington correspondent for The Scotsman. He was short-listed for the 2012 Orwell Prize for his blogging.

Second Television Debate Between Alex Salmond And Alistair Darling

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

6 September 2014

Let us take a trip to America in 1976. The unelected incumbent president, Gerald Ford, is being challenged for the Republican party’s nomination by Ronald Reagan — and does not… Read more

Campaigning Official Starts For The Scottish Referendum

How can you tell that Alistair Darling's winning? Listen to the rage of Scotland's yes campaign

9 August 2014

 Edinburgh When the histories of the Scottish independence debate are written, 13 February 2014 will be seen as a crucial date in the story. It was then that George Osborne… Read more

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Alex Salmond is within striking distance of victory. Why hasn’t England noticed?

8 February 2014

 Edinburgh A century ago, with Britain in peril, Lord Kitchener’s stern countenance demanded that every stout-hearted Briton do their bit for King and Country. ‘Your country needs you’ rallied hundreds… Read more

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High tea in Sri Lanka's Hill Country

4 January 2014

In the bar of the Hotel Suisse, perched above the lake in Kandy (pictured), high up in Sri Lanka’s Hill Country, a driver touting for business smiles to reassure me… Read more

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George Galloway's one-man mission to save the Union

16 November 2013

George Galloway is unhappy. One of his interlocutors on Twitter has told him to ‘Fuck off back to England’. Gorgeous George is in Glasgow for the first in a series… Read more

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Why must we worry about London’s success?

31 August 2013

For a long time my view of the Imperial Capital — as, like other Scots, I am still prone to considering London — was borrowed from Joseph Conrad’s description of… Read more

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Follow that dream

18 August 2012

‘Our fate lies within ourselves. We just have to be brave enough to see it,’ says Princess Merida, the winsome, feisty heroine of Disney-Pixar’s latest animated romp Brave (PG, nationwide).… Read more

A strong dose of Devo Max

14 January 2012

Edinburgh Something astonishing is happening in Scotland. For the first time in a political generation the Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party has an opportunity to become relevant to public life… Read more

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Redefining the war

14 May 2011
Afghanistan: How the West Lost its Way Tim Bird and Alex Marshall

Yale, pp.304, 19.99

Dead Men Risen: The Welsh Guards and the Real Story of Britain’s War in Afghanistan Toby Harnden

Quercus, pp.610, 18.99

Follow Me Home Patrick Bishop

Hodder, pp.304, 14.99

There are more than 100,000 American and Allied troops in Afghanistan. That is, there are more than 1,000 troops for every suspected al-Qa’eda ‘operative’. Not for the first time in… Read more

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Bullseye Britain

6 January 2010

It’s been a depressing few months, hasn’t it? The papers are full of stories about British decline. In such trying times it’s a comfort to turn to an activity in… Read more

Jane Austen’s pompous heroes

9 December 2009

Jane Austen has become the most revered and probably the most popular of the great English novelists. Not even the vulgarisation of her novels by those who have adapted them… Read more

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12 August 2009

Since the Scottish Borders is not a nationalist stronghold, we don’t often see Alex Salmond in these parts. But the SNP leader was in Melrose recently as the Scottish Government… Read more

Thanks for the memories

26 March 2008

Alex Massie says that sports memorabilia is on a roll As was so often the case, P.G. Wodehouse reached deep into the heart of the matter: collecting sporting memorabilia requires… Read more