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Letters to the Editor: SNP power couple Nicola Sturgeon and Peter Murrell blur boundaries

Letters to the Editor: SNP power couple Nicola Sturgeon and Peter Murrell blur boundaries

Alex Massie writes of the complicated relationship between Nicola Sturgeon and Peter Murrell, the chief executive of her party — and also her husband (“Who’s t [...]

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Alex Massie: Boris, I’m sorry, but you are the problem

Alex Massie: Boris, I’m sorry, but you are the problem

Breaking up is never easy, even when it’s also clear it’s the right thing to do. Thus one could sympathise with Richard Keen, the advocate-general, as he sough [...]

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Alex Massie: John Swinney should lose his place for failing exams

Alex Massie: John Swinney should lose his place for failing exams

In the spring of 1982, Peter Carrington, the foreign secretary, wrote a letter to the prime minister, Margaret Thatcher. “The Argentine invasion of the Falklan [...]

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Alex Massie: Devil’s in the detail with Scottish hate crime bill

Alex Massie: Devil’s in the detail with Scottish hate crime bill

Valentine’s Day was an unusually significant occasion way back in the winter of 1989. Though it did not know so at the time, the world stood on the brink of a [...]

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Alex Massie: The SNP has become a Nicola Sturgeon solo show

Alex Massie: The SNP has become a Nicola Sturgeon solo show

More than six months into a global pandemic, it may come as a surprise to you that the Scottish government does actually have a minister for public health. Not [...]

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Alex Massie: Collective amnesia dogs Salmond inquiry

Alex Massie: Collective amnesia dogs Salmond inquiry

Last week, Leslie Evans, permanent secretary in the Scottish government and Scotland’s most senior civil servant, appeared for a second time to answer question [...]

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Alex Massie: All of a sudden Nicola Sturgeon doesn’t have all the answers

Alex Massie: All of a sudden Nicola Sturgeon doesn’t have all the answers

Nicola Sturgeon is used to adulation and to scorn. Half the country has hitherto granted her something like rock star status; half has little patience for, or [...]

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Alex Massie: SNP’s old guard puts up a struggle

Alex Massie: SNP’s old guard puts up a struggle

The governing party’s former leader, recently acquitted on all charges after the political trial of the century, is busy writing a book in which he will, we ar [...]

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Alex Massie: It's a bad time for Nicola Sturgeon to lose her memory

Alex Massie: It's a bad time for Nicola Sturgeon to lose her memory

Strange times, these. So very unusual, indeed, that last week I found myself contemplating a novel question. “What”, I wondered, “would Henry McLeish make of a [...]

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Alex Massie: Salmond inquiry that can’t ask questions

Alex Massie: Salmond inquiry that can’t ask questions

Last week Leslie Evans, Scotland’s most senior civil servant, gave evidence to the Holyrood committee investigating the Scottish government’s handling of haras [...]

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Alex Massie: Tories can change the manager but that might not help the team

Alex Massie: Tories can change the manager but that might not help the team

Nobody ever mistook Jackson Carlaw for a future first minister of Scotland and yet even his opponents might spare some sympathy for him this weekend. His defen [...]

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Alex Massie: Ignorance over Covid-19 policy isn’t bliss, but SNP is wiser to admit it

Alex Massie: Ignorance over Covid-19 policy isn’t bliss, but SNP is wiser to admit it

It takes strength to say: “I don’t know.” We do not elect politicians so they may tell us what they do not know or cannot do. Diagnosis is for newspaper column [...]

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Letters to the Editor: SNP power couple Nicola Sturgeon and Peter Murrell blur boundaries

Letters to the Editor: SNP power couple Nicola Sturgeon and Peter Murrell blur boundaries

Alex Massie writes of the complicated relationship between Nicola Sturgeon and Peter Murrell, the chief executive of her party — and also her husband (“Who’s t [...]

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Alex Massie: It's a bad time for Nicola Sturgeon to lose her memory

Alex Massie: It's a bad time for Nicola Sturgeon to lose her memory

Strange times, these. So very unusual, indeed, that last week I found myself contemplating a novel question. “What”, I wondered, “would Henry McLeish make of a [...]

Read full article: Alex Massie: It's a bad time for Nicola ...→
Alex Massie: Collective amnesia dogs Salmond inquiry

Alex Massie: Collective amnesia dogs Salmond inquiry

Last week, Leslie Evans, permanent secretary in the Scottish government and Scotland’s most senior civil servant, appeared for a second time to answer question [...]

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Alex Massie: John Swinney should lose his place for failing exams

Alex Massie: John Swinney should lose his place for failing exams

In the spring of 1982, Peter Carrington, the foreign secretary, wrote a letter to the prime minister, Margaret Thatcher. “The Argentine invasion of the Falklan [...]

Read full article: Alex Massie: John Swinney should lose hi...→
Alex Massie: Tories can change the manager but that might not help the team

Alex Massie: Tories can change the manager but that might not help the team

Nobody ever mistook Jackson Carlaw for a future first minister of Scotland and yet even his opponents might spare some sympathy for him this weekend. His defen [...]

Read full article: Alex Massie: Tories can change the manag...→
Alex Massie: SNP’s old guard puts up a struggle

Alex Massie: SNP’s old guard puts up a struggle

The governing party’s former leader, recently acquitted on all charges after the political trial of the century, is busy writing a book in which he will, we ar [...]

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Alex Massie: The SNP has become a Nicola Sturgeon solo show

Alex Massie: The SNP has become a Nicola Sturgeon solo show

More than six months into a global pandemic, it may come as a surprise to you that the Scottish government does actually have a minister for public health. Not [...]

Read full article: Alex Massie: The SNP has become a Nicola...→
Alex Massie: Boris, I’m sorry, but you are the problem

Alex Massie: Boris, I’m sorry, but you are the problem

Breaking up is never easy, even when it’s also clear it’s the right thing to do. Thus one could sympathise with Richard Keen, the advocate-general, as he sough [...]

Read full article: Alex Massie: Boris, I’m sorry, but you a...→
Alex Massie: Salmond inquiry that can’t ask questions

Alex Massie: Salmond inquiry that can’t ask questions

Last week Leslie Evans, Scotland’s most senior civil servant, gave evidence to the Holyrood committee investigating the Scottish government’s handling of haras [...]

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Alex Massie: All of a sudden Nicola Sturgeon doesn’t have all the answers

Alex Massie: All of a sudden Nicola Sturgeon doesn’t have all the answers

Nicola Sturgeon is used to adulation and to scorn. Half the country has hitherto granted her something like rock star status; half has little patience for, or [...]

Read full article: Alex Massie: All of a sudden Nicola Stur...→
Alex Massie: Devil’s in the detail with Scottish hate crime bill

Alex Massie: Devil’s in the detail with Scottish hate crime bill

Valentine’s Day was an unusually significant occasion way back in the winter of 1989. Though it did not know so at the time, the world stood on the brink of a [...]

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Alex Massie: Ignorance over Covid-19 policy isn’t bliss, but SNP is wiser to admit it

Alex Massie: Ignorance over Covid-19 policy isn’t bliss, but SNP is wiser to admit it

It takes strength to say: “I don’t know.” We do not elect politicians so they may tell us what they do not know or cannot do. Diagnosis is for newspaper column [...]

Read full article: Alex Massie: Ignorance over Covid-19 pol...→
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Letters to the Editor: SNP power couple Nicola Sturgeon and Peter Murrell blur boundaries

Letters to the Editor: SNP power couple Nicola Sturgeon and Peter Murrell blur boundaries

Alex Massie writes of the complicated relationship between Nicola Sturgeon and Peter Murrell, the chief executive of her party — and also her husband (“Who’s t [...]

Read full article: Letters to the Editor: SNP power couple ...→
Alex Massie: The SNP has become a Nicola Sturgeon solo show

Alex Massie: The SNP has become a Nicola Sturgeon solo show

More than six months into a global pandemic, it may come as a surprise to you that the Scottish government does actually have a minister for public health. Not [...]

Read full article: Alex Massie: The SNP has become a Nicola...→
Alex Massie: It's a bad time for Nicola Sturgeon to lose her memory

Alex Massie: It's a bad time for Nicola Sturgeon to lose her memory

Strange times, these. So very unusual, indeed, that last week I found myself contemplating a novel question. “What”, I wondered, “would Henry McLeish make of a [...]

Read full article: Alex Massie: It's a bad time for Nicola ...→
Alex Massie: Boris, I’m sorry, but you are the problem

Alex Massie: Boris, I’m sorry, but you are the problem

Breaking up is never easy, even when it’s also clear it’s the right thing to do. Thus one could sympathise with Richard Keen, the advocate-general, as he sough [...]

Read full article: Alex Massie: Boris, I’m sorry, but you a...→
Alex Massie: Collective amnesia dogs Salmond inquiry

Alex Massie: Collective amnesia dogs Salmond inquiry

Last week, Leslie Evans, permanent secretary in the Scottish government and Scotland’s most senior civil servant, appeared for a second time to answer question [...]

Read full article: Alex Massie: Collective amnesia dogs Sal...→
Alex Massie: Salmond inquiry that can’t ask questions

Alex Massie: Salmond inquiry that can’t ask questions

Last week Leslie Evans, Scotland’s most senior civil servant, gave evidence to the Holyrood committee investigating the Scottish government’s handling of haras [...]

Read full article: Alex Massie: Salmond inquiry that can’t ...→
Alex Massie: John Swinney should lose his place for failing exams

Alex Massie: John Swinney should lose his place for failing exams

In the spring of 1982, Peter Carrington, the foreign secretary, wrote a letter to the prime minister, Margaret Thatcher. “The Argentine invasion of the Falklan [...]

Read full article: Alex Massie: John Swinney should lose hi...→
Alex Massie: All of a sudden Nicola Sturgeon doesn’t have all the answers

Alex Massie: All of a sudden Nicola Sturgeon doesn’t have all the answers

Nicola Sturgeon is used to adulation and to scorn. Half the country has hitherto granted her something like rock star status; half has little patience for, or [...]

Read full article: Alex Massie: All of a sudden Nicola Stur...→
Alex Massie: Tories can change the manager but that might not help the team

Alex Massie: Tories can change the manager but that might not help the team

Nobody ever mistook Jackson Carlaw for a future first minister of Scotland and yet even his opponents might spare some sympathy for him this weekend. His defen [...]

Read full article: Alex Massie: Tories can change the manag...→
Alex Massie: Devil’s in the detail with Scottish hate crime bill

Alex Massie: Devil’s in the detail with Scottish hate crime bill

Valentine’s Day was an unusually significant occasion way back in the winter of 1989. Though it did not know so at the time, the world stood on the brink of a [...]

Read full article: Alex Massie: Devil’s in the detail with ...→
  • #Alex Massie
Alex Massie: SNP’s old guard puts up a struggle

Alex Massie: SNP’s old guard puts up a struggle

The governing party’s former leader, recently acquitted on all charges after the political trial of the century, is busy writing a book in which he will, we ar [...]

Read full article: Alex Massie: SNP’s old guard puts up a s...→
  • #Alex Massie
Alex Massie: Ignorance over Covid-19 policy isn’t bliss, but SNP is wiser to admit it

Alex Massie: Ignorance over Covid-19 policy isn’t bliss, but SNP is wiser to admit it

It takes strength to say: “I don’t know.” We do not elect politicians so they may tell us what they do not know or cannot do. Diagnosis is for newspaper column [...]

Read full article: Alex Massie: Ignorance over Covid-19 pol...→
  • #Alex Massie