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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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Hallelujah! The England cricket team is fun again

4 July 2015

Something wonderful is happening in English cricket. The Ashes are upon us and, at last, the England team seem determined to play the right way. The recent series against New… Read more


The definitive literary guide to mixed martial arts

4 July 2015
Thrown Kerry Howley

Hamish Hamilton, pp.288, £14.99, ISBN: 9780241207277

This is the best book you’ll ever read about mixed martial arts fighting; and this will still be the case even if it’s not the first book you’ve ever read… Read more


Reflections on the revolution in Scotland

9 May 2015

Never before — at least, not in living memory — has there been such a disconnect between north and south Britain. We vote together, but cast our ballots in very… Read more

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Attends CND Scotland Scrap Trident Rally

The SNP has replaced the Church of Scotland

18 April 2015

The Church of England’s catechism begins ‘What is your name?’ The old Presbyterian catechism favoured in Scotland asked a better, sterner question: ‘What is the chief end of man?’ The… Read more

The crème de la crème: Maggie Smith as Miss Jean Brodie, most famous of all Scottish public schoolmistresses

Why Scottish public schools are in a field of their own

14 March 2015

In 1919 the literary critic G. Gregory Smith coined the term ‘Caledonian antisyzygy’, by which he meant the ‘zigzag of contradictions’ that so dominated the national literature that it might… Read more


Why an SNP surge at Westminster could mean the end of Britain

28 February 2015

Anyone seeking to understand the strength of the SNP should look to those parts of Scotland where the party is supposed to be weakest. At the last election, the nationalists… Read more

The National Newspaper Launches In Scotland

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

29 November 2014

Nearly 20 years ago, during one of the many impasses on the road to ‘peace’ in Northern Ireland, Gerry Adams reminded his opponents that the republican movement would set the… Read more

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Alex Massie

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