Alex Massie

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.

A new battle for Scotland has just begun

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Brexit is making Nicola Sturgeon’s call for a second Scottish independence vote irresistible

The SNP’s land reform fantasy world

20 August 2016 9:00 am

Fantasy-driven land reform is the SNP’s way of pretending it’s still a radical party

Referendum rage: a warning from Scotland

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Scots know all too well how it feels. The rest of Britain is about to learn

Everyone loves Ruth Davidson. No one will vote for her

9 January 2016 9:00 am

Scots love their Tory leader. But they won’t vote for her

W.G. Grace, by W.T. Wilson, 1887: Grace is beginning to show signs of the gluttony that marked his late career

Sport’s first celebrity: W.G. Grace

10 October 2015 9:00 am

Should you wish to have a good copy of the 1916 edition of Wisden, cricket’s annual bible, you should be…

Hallelujah! The England cricket team is fun again

4 July 2015 9:00 am

At long last, the England cricket team have rediscovered their love of the game

The definitive literary guide to mixed martial arts

4 July 2015 9:00 am

This is the best book you’ll ever read about mixed martial arts fighting; and this will still be the case…

Reflections on the revolution in Scotland

9 May 2015 9:00 am

This was the Scottish election. Where next for the Union now?

The SNP has replaced the Church of Scotland

18 April 2015 9:00 am

The great SNP revival, and why it’s impervious to reason

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 9:00 am

Scots public schools are a tribe apart, says Alex Massie

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

28 February 2015 9:00 am

A landslide for the SNP will inevitably lead to the end of the Union

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

29 November 2014 9:00 am

The successful launch of a nationalist newspaper shows just how much trouble the Union is still in

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

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Whatever the outcome of the referendum, Scotland will be better for having had the debate

Secret oil fields! Skewed polls! The Yes campaign is losing the plot

9 August 2014 9:00 am

The success of the campaign to save the Union can be heard in the increasingly hysterical tone of independence supporters

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

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Alex Salmond is on course to win. Why hasn’t England noticed?

High tea in Sri Lanka's Hill Country

4 January 2014 9:00 am

Alex Massie relaxes amid lush lawns and eccentricity

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

16 November 2013 9:00 am

Can George Galloway keep Scotland in Britain?

Why must we worry about London’s success?

31 August 2013 9:00 am

For a long time my view of the Imperial Capital — as, like other Scots, I am still prone to…

Follow that dream

18 August 2012 6:00 am

‘Our fate lies within ourselves. We just have to be brave enough to see it,’ says Princess Merida, the winsome,…

A strong dose of Devo Max

14 January 2012 4:00 pm

The third referendum option might be just what Scots Tories need

Redefining the war

14 May 2011 12:00 am

Our aim in Afghanistan is no longer to secure victory but to avoid obvious defeat, says Alex Massie

Bullseye Britain

6 January 2010 12:00 am

The UK may not excel at much else but at least we still rule the world of darts, says Alex Massie, and little by little the game is even becoming glamorous

Jane Austen’s pompous heroes

9 December 2009 12:00 am

Jane Austen has become the most revered and probably the most popular of the great English novelists.


12 August 2009 12:00 am

Alex Massie opens his diary

Thanks for the memories

26 March 2008 12:00 am

Alex Massie says that sports memorabilia is on a roll