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.

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Educational apartheid is Scotland’s greatest national disgrace

4 November 2014 16:11

A while back I was speaking at one of those How did it all go so wrong? post-referendum discussions and,…

Gordon Brown's Speech Proposing Further Devolution To Scotland

Scaremongering and smearing: just another day in the Scottish referendum campaign.

17 June 2014 19:50

I was surprised to discover this morning that Gordon Brown last night suggested the Scottish education system should be abolished…

Spending Review - Government Ministry Buildings

David Cameron is a Tory, not a radical. Which is both a strength and a problem.

16 June 2014 13:07

There is much to enjoy in Dominic Cummings’ glorious attack on the ghastliness of Britain’s political system. It is a…


The Trojan Horse affair illuminates a vital difference between the Tories and Labour.

10 June 2014 10:01

The reaction to the Trojan Horse scandal has, in my view, been as interesting – and telling – as anything…

The Conservative Party Annual Conference

Michael Gove hasn’t banned Steinbeck – but perhaps he should have.

27 May 2014 17:06

I’ve never quite understood why so many people hate Michael Gove. I mean, really hate him. To my mind his…

Gamekeepers Prepare For Launch of Red Grouse Shooting Season

Whatever happened to Scotland’s timid posh folk?

25 February 2014 13:57

Whatever happened to Scotland’s upper-middle class? That’s one of the questions asked by Hugo Rifkind in his characteristically interesting column…

Michael Gove, fighting for tougher teaching in schools. Photo: PA.

Education reform works. Who knew?

19 December 2013 13:50

Education reform that actually works is one of the noblest, but most thankless, tasks in politics. Noble because it’s necessary,…

Former Prime Minister John Major And Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Give Evidence At The Leveson Inquiry

Sir John Major is right about education and privilege in modern Britain

12 November 2013 12:18

Sir John Major is, of course, correct. It is depressing, though perhaps not surprising, that the British upper-middle-classes – that…

British Union Jack flags flutter in the

The answer to the West Lothian Question is to stop asking it

23 August 2013 11:45

Here we go again. It’s time for an English parliament! Actually, it’s time for a new Act of Union! Says…

General Election - Education

Scotland’s disgraceful educational apartheid

9 August 2013 9:29

Scottish teenagers received their exam results this week and, for the seventh consecutive year, the pass-rate for Highers increased. So…

Ruined Detroit, but even here there are tiny islands of hope. Picture: Getty

The greatest scandal in Britain is the failure to give poor children a proper education.

28 June 2013 17:29

Earlier this week, I was part of a panel on Newsnight Scotland discussing the latest – some would say, belated…

A Celebratory Cauldron Is Lit In Trafalgar Square Ahead Of The Paralympic Games

Most opinion polls are junk: blame the ignorant general public for that.

25 June 2013 14:07

One of the very good things about Lord Ashcroft is that he is happy to commission large-scale opinion polls. Sometimes…

Cambridge University Term Starts As Top Up Fees Debate Looms

The Unbearable Self-Pity of Britain's Rich and Privileged - Spectator Blogs

26 January 2013 16:09

Is there anything more pathetic, more risible than rich and privileged Britons whining that their cadre fails to receive a…

Britain Basks In Sunshine As The Easter Holidays Get Underway

Correction of the Year - Spectator Blogs

21 January 2013 10:34

Courtesy of Time magazine: This article has been changed. An earlier version stated that Oxford University accepted “only one black…

Enthusiasts Take Part In The Annual Reenactment Of The Battle Of Hastings

The History Kids

13 December 2012 15:28

Martin Kettle has a column in today’s Guardian lamenting the inadequacy of the teaching of English history in schools today.…

The Conservative Party Annual Conference Concludes With The Prime Minister's Keynote Speech

Michael Gove: an adult in a parliament of toddlers - Spectator Blogs

16 November 2012 15:10

Michael Gove, the most important and successful Aberdonian politician since, well, since I don’t know actually, is also that rarest…

Deprived Areas Of Inner City Glasgow

Devolution has failed Scotland's children. Can independence change that? - Spectator Blogs

15 October 2012 12:24

Yesterday Fraser asked: Scotland has a tragically long list of problems (especially with inner-city poverty) and [the No campaign] can…

The Conservative Party Annual Conference Concludes With The Prime Minister's Keynote Speech

David Cameron to Ed Miliband: Come and have a go, if you think you're hard enough - Spectator Blogs

10 October 2012 13:25

For months now, David Cameron and his government have been pursued around the ring. Chased by Labour and harassed by…

Senior Figures Speak At British Chamber of Commerce Annual Conference

Schools Do Furnish A Nation - Spectator Blogs

25 September 2012 11:44

Also elsewhere today, I’ve a piece for the Scotsman arguing that Andrew Adonis was the third-most important person in the…

British Sectary of State for Work and Pe

Our debate on welfare reform is a dismal scandal - Spectator Blogs

19 September 2012 15:15

On balance, Iain Duncan Smith’s spell as Tory leader can’t be remembered as an unmitigated success. Be that as it…

The Encaenia procession enters the Bodle

University Admissions Should Be a Matter of Discrimination - Spectator Blogs

6 September 2012 17:39

Cristina Odone begins her latest oh-woe-is-Britain post most amusingly: Around the world, people have long envied Britain’s two institutions: the…

Cameron and Clegg and the rest of the Quad discussed options for the mid-term review

The game is up

21 June 2012 14:45

Michael Gove’s plan to scrap GCSEs and replace them with a beefed-up O-Level are, as Brother Blackburn observed earlier, threatened…

Why are London Schools so Good?

21 May 2012 16:08

Or, rather, why do children from poorer backgrounds do so much better in London than they do in other parts…

The Waugh Scale of Schools: Some Aren’t Even Schools

9 February 2012 17:33

As is customary, one prefaces this post with the observation that there are very many fine state schools and many…

Mike Russell and the Mythical Anti-Scottish Conspiracy

3 February 2012 15:12

Mike Russell is a genial chap who, most of the time, is not much of a fool. Most of the…