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Portrait of the week

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Home A Bill to enable a referendum on whether voters wanted Britain to ‘remain’ in the European Union figured in…

Should we fear a Mugabe-style land grab in rural Scotland?

23 May 2015 9:00 am

Are estate owners to be nationalised?

Portrait of the week

16 May 2015 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, soon got used to the surprise of the Conservatives being returned in the general…

Zoe Williams’s diary: The return of the Tories means tears in the playground

16 May 2015 9:00 am

For the 2005 general election, I had a party featuring a gigantic cheesecake with differentiated segments by allegiance. It contained…

Spectator letters: Silence in Scotland, the man who predicted the election result, and what to do with hair clippings

16 May 2015 9:00 am

Scotland’s silent majority Sir: Hugo Rifkind’s article (‘Scotland’s nasty party’, 9 May) is a first for the media. It expresses…

The two Labour tribes preparing to go to war

16 May 2015 9:00 am

A new leader will have to focus on winning, not sniping

James Runcie’s diary: A Willie’s shock at the SNP

9 May 2015 9:00 am

I am writing a play about Dr Johnson and his Dictionary. It will be performed in Scotland later this year.…

After Miliband’s ‘tablet of stone’ stunt, I may just spend election day in the pub

9 May 2015 9:00 am

You have the advantage over me. You know the result of the general election, whereas I do not — a…

Reflections on the revolution in Scotland

9 May 2015 9:00 am

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

The year that Scotland learned to hate

9 May 2015 9:00 am

If the SNP isn't about Scottish purity and hating the English, why do so many of its supporters behave as if it is?

Welcome to Miliband country: how Labour would wreck rural life

2 May 2015 9:00 am

A ‘progressive alliance’ would be a profound threat to rural life

Portrait of the week

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Home The prospect of a parliamentary alliance between Labour and the Scottish National Party injected an element of fear into…

What happens to politicians who insult the audience? Ask Dan Quayle

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Any answers? Nigel Farage accused the audience in the BBC opposition leaders’ debate of being left-wing. Need insulting an audience…

Left-wing populism is on the rise - and may take Ed Miliband to No10

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Would-be leaders of the left are harnessing the mood of angry populism

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

Won't somebody please try to win this election?

11 April 2015 9:00 am

The age of two-party politics is over: we know that because everyone keeps saying so. We are entering an era…

Do Scots really die that much younger?

11 April 2015 9:00 am

The Scottish way of death Nicola Sturgeon said the SNP would block a rise in the state pension age on…

A Scottish revolution is coming, and everyone’s losing their heads

11 April 2015 9:00 am

Normally, if a candidate whose party came fourth in a constituency last time tells you they’re going to win, you…

A Greek default is coming – as soon as next month

11 April 2015 9:00 am

Bored with the election? Switch over to the Greek debt drama. In this week’s cliffhanger, silver-tongued finance minister Yanis Varoufakis…

Is this election a Champions League game? Or Millwall vs Brighton?

11 April 2015 9:00 am

I’ve been trying to think of a good football analogy to describe the battle between the two main parties as…

The election result that everyone expects – and no one wants

4 April 2015 9:00 am

To form a coalition, David Cameron had to give up the Prime Ministerial prerogative to determine when the election was…

The fall of the Roman republic and the rise of Alex Salmond

4 April 2015 8:00 am

Alex Salmond, the ex-first minister who proved incapable of making Scotland independent, has assured the world that he and his…

Alex Salmond sets out his terms for Ed Miliband

28 March 2015 9:00 am

‘Would you like a glass of pink champagne?’ asks Alex Salmond at 3.30 p.m., sounding very much like a man…

The real threat to Britain (and it’s not the SNP)

21 March 2015 9:00 am

What a load of mendacious balls everybody talks about Scotland. It’s like a disease. It’s like, you know how they…

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