Scotland

No whisky for breakfast? But this is Scotland!

8 September 2018 9:00 am

I begin my 87-day reading tour of the US, UK and Canada on a BA flight that will take me…

The myth of the ‘trustworthy’ Scottish accent

8 September 2018 9:00 am

The myth of Britain’s most ‘reliable’ accent

Give me Shakespeare’s Macbeth over Jo Nesbo’s any day

14 April 2018 9:00 am

It must have seemed a good idea to someone: commissioning a range of well-known novelists to ‘reimagine Shakespeare’s plays for…

Letters: there are better alternatives to antidepressants

31 March 2018 9:00 am

The antidepressants con Sir: Congratulations to Angela Patmore for exposing the many troubling aspects of the escalating use of antidepressants…

Kilchoman isn't a good whisky; it's a great one

3 March 2018 9:00 am

‘What seas what shore what grey rocks what water lapping the bow’. So evocative, which seems strange: one would have…

Scotland used to have the best schools system in the world. Then devolution happened

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…

Prue Leith: I’m on a Bake Off ego trip, so I’m planning a cookbook

7 October 2017 9:00 am

To Skibo Castle for a four-day wedding, a dream of super-luxury and great good fun. I was struck by how…

How I fell in love with Diana over lunch

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Diana Spencer has been dead for 20 years. I was a journalist on the Evening Standard in those days and…

Let’s drink to Ruth Davidson and the new Scottish dawn

1 July 2017 9:00 am

‘Stands Scotland where it did?’ As the bottles circulated, we were able to answer Macduff’s question in much more optimistic…

Hands off Ruth Davidson!

17 June 2017 9:00 am

Saving Conservatism – and unionism – in Scotland is a ten-year project

What Scotland is seeing is a Unionist revival, not a Conservative one

13 May 2017 9:00 am

It’s a Unionist revival Sir: Contrary to Alex Massie’s claims, there is no rebirth of Scottish Conservatism in Scotland (‘Queen…

The EU leaders’ tactics are intended to affect our general election

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s main Brexit negotiator, tweeted on Monday: ‘Any #Brexit deal requires a strong & stable understanding…

Uniting the kingdom

29 April 2017 9:00 am

When launching the Scottish National Party’s election campaign, Nicola Sturgeon said the word ‘Tory’ 20 times in 20 minutes. For…

The case against a second Scottish referendum

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Aid is not the answer Bill Gates says he is a huge fan of capitalism and trade (Save Aid!, 22…

The key to providing better aid for refugees

1 April 2017 9:00 am

No blanket solution Sir: Paul Collier is right to say that the refugee crisis will not be solved with tents…

Now with relatively little witchcraft: North Berwick

Witchcraft trials, extinct volcanoes — and the best place to live

1 April 2017 9:00 am

My home town is better than yours. Don’t take my word for it. This month North Berwick was crowned ‘best…

The SNP don’t speak for Scotland? Don’t be so sure…

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Speaking for Scotland Sir: I wonder if it is wise of Charles Moore (Notes, 18 March) to assume — as…

If there’s a problem in the Vatican, it’s not Pope Francis

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Pope Francis’s mission Sir: Despite Damian Thompson’s intimations (‘The plot against the Pope’, 11 March), Pope Francis is going nowhere…

The SNP’s feat is to make non-Scots equate them with the Scottish people

18 March 2017 9:00 am

The great achievement of the Scottish Nationalists is to persuade people outside the borders of their own nation — including…

Theresa May is fighting a war on two fronts - any mistakes could be fatal

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Theresa May is fighting a war on two fronts, and there is no room for mistakes

The case against a second Scottish referendum

11 March 2017 9:00 am

On Scottish independence Sir: Alex Massie writes of the order permitting a second Scottish independence referendum: ‘Having granted such an…

‘Allegro Moderato Fireman’s Parade’ (from the Calcium of Light portfolio), 1974–76, by Eduardo Paolozzi

Paolozzi was not a slim man but you have to run to keep up with him

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Rudolfo Paolozzi was a great maker. In the summer, he worked almost without stopping in the family’s ice-cream shop, making…

Is it better to forget tragedy and try to move on?

28 January 2017 9:00 am

How does a town like Hungerford, tucked into the Berkshire hills, with its sleepy canal running through it and high…

Take two: Ewan McGregor (Renton) and Ewen Bremner (Spud) in ‘T2 Trainspotting’

I take no pleasure in saying it but the Trainspotting sequel is tragically tired

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Danny Boyle introduced T2 Trainspotting at the screening I attended and said that, throughout filming, he’d seen the cast looking…

Happy New Year, you say? 2017 will be a continuation of 2016 — only worse

31 December 2016 9:00 am

New Year’s Day is the most depressing of holidays. It doesn’t celebrate anyone or anything worth celebrating. It simply marks…