Scottish independence

Nicola Sturgeon’s threat of Indyref2 could save the Scottish Tories

30 November 2019 9:00 am

In the village of Waterfoot on the outskirts of Glasgow, a lady in her thirties is explaining to her local…

The real reason Nicola Sturgeon is campaigning against Brexit

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Nicola Sturgeon, who claimed this week that ‘Scotland is rich enough, strong enough and big enough’ to take its place…

Catalonia vs Spain: a battle that neither side can win

8 July 2017 9:00 am

If David Cameron seeks any testament to his handling of Britain’s difficulties with Scottish separatism, the mess that Spain is…

For Theresa May, the real fight really does start now

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Most people are glad to see the end of a referendum campaign, but the losing side always wants to keep…

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

Zac Goldsmith should have been loyal to his constituents, not his father

5 November 2016 9:00 am

An MP’s first duty Sir: Toby Young writes (Status anxiety, 29 October) that Zac Goldsmith’s decision to campaign for Leave in…

Should we all have the right not to bake a cake?

29 October 2016 9:00 am

Let us consider the case of the Ashers family bakery in Belfast which, in 2014, refused to make a cake.…

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…

Nicola Sturgeon protests too much about Alistair Carmichael

30 May 2015 9:00 am

I couldn’t believe it when Nicola Sturgeon called for the resignation of Alistair Carmichael, the former Scottish Secretary, over his…

How Spain got blamed for the Spanish flu — and where to find Ebola on a map

16 May 2015 9:00 am

Plagued by stigma The World Health Organisation told doctors to stop naming diseases after people, places and animals so as…

A clear-eyed account of socialism: Paul Higgins and Stella Gonet in ‘Hope’ at the Royal Court

If you thought politics was boring, you should check out today’s political theatre

2 May 2015 9:00 am

How has political theatre fared during the coalition? Not very well, writes Lloyd Evans

The ancient roots of Alex’s Salmond’s demagoguery

27 September 2014 8:00 am

Alex Salmond spent two years campaigning for independence for Scotland on the grounds of ‘social justice’. Now, claiming that the…

Yes or no, I’ll never feel the same about the Scots

20 September 2014 9:00 am

I doubt I’m alone among English readers of this magazine in having felt uncomfortable with our last issue. ‘Please stay…

Portrait of the week

13 September 2014 9:00 am

Home England suddenly began to take the prospect of Scottish independence seriously after a poll of 1,084 people by YouGov…

Spectator letters: Scottish Tories, ambulances and Florence Nightingale

13 September 2014 9:00 am

The other Tory split Sir: With regard to the article by James Forsyth (‘The great Tory split’, 6 September), there is…

Why is nationalism OK when prefixed by the word ‘Scottish’ but not ‘British?’

13 September 2014 9:00 am

My second favourite religious joke is an old Jewish joke (which I read in the Harvard Review, so I assume…

Julian Assange is a narcissist and a nut — and if America comes for him we should take his side

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Poor Julian Assange. Call me a contrarian but I’m genuinely starting to feel sorry for the guy. He’s just made…

Alex Salmond has already lost — if the Edinburgh Festival is anything to go by

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Lloyd Evans tours the Edinburgh Festival in search of clues about the outcome of the referendum

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

Dan Snow's diary: Making World Cup history

21 June 2014 8:00 am

Could there be a more timely advert for the Better Together campaign than on the field of sport? What the…

If Alex Salmond is cutting bureaucracy, why does he have so many quangos?

31 May 2014 9:00 am

Escape committees An LSE/Institute for Government report estimated the cost of Scottish independence at £2.7 billion, a sum arrived at…

How to lose Scotland

26 April 2014 9:00 am

For centuries, the possibility of Scottish independence seemed so remote as to be laughable. Until recently the nationalists seemed quixotic,…

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?

Charles Moore's notes: Why Ireland fears Scottish independence

14 December 2013 9:00 am

In Dublin, where I am writing this column, people are watching the Scottish referendum campaign more closely than in London.…

James Forsyth: Insurgents are remaking British politics

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Next year will decide the fate of the United Kingdom. The Scottish independence referendum on the 18th of September could…