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.

Dublin 1912: a crowd gathers on Sackville Street (as was) for Herbert Asquith after the government introduces a bill for Irish Home Rule. Photo: Getty/Hulton.

A federal UK? Home Rule all round? We have been here before.

24 October 2014 11:48

There are fewer truly new things in politics than you think. The present constitutional uncertainty – which, it should be…

Europe's Oldest Surviving Iron Chain Suspension Bridge Connecting Scotland And England To Be Closed

The Bearable Lightness of Being A British Scottish Nationalist

21 May 2014 13:54

Backstory: I wrote a post suggesting that Scottish Nationalists’ rhetoric might these days usefully be compared to Doublethink. I suppose…

Bank Of England Cut Interest Rates To All Time Low

The Battle for Threadneedle Street

30 January 2014 16:13

I thought it obvious that Mark Carney’s trip to Scotland yesterday was a bad day for Alex Salmond and the…


When 50,000 Irishmen gathered to commemorate the First World War

12 November 2013 15:35

As I wrote last week, I had not thought commemorating the centenary of the First World War need be a…

Another Horror Story from Zombie Ireland

28 June 2013 12:29

Here’s a snapshot of life in 21st century Ireland: Vincent Campbell sold a house and 4.75 acres of land outside…

Nutrition At Football Stadiums

Irish food safety chief now appointed Irish horse chief - Spectator Blogs

1 February 2013 13:07

Some jokes just write themselves. Hurrah for Ireland: The former head of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland has been…

Irish Tragedies

Irish Newspapers Attempt to Kill the Internet - Spectator Blogs

4 January 2013 15:31

If Andrew Sullivan offers one example of how to thrive in the confusing, difficult, exciting new media world then, by…

Nuns From The Carmelite Order Cast Their Votes During During General Elections May 17 20

Ireland and Abortion: Cruelty disguised as piety, cowardice misrepresented as principle. - Spectator Blogs

14 November 2012 12:53

Oh, Ireland! You knew it would come to this. Today’s Irish Times carries the appalling story of the death of…

Cardinal Brady Should Resign

10 May 2012 11:26

Last night, I finally watched last week’s BBC This World documentary investigating the latest stage of the child abuse scandal…

Up Down and More of This Irish Anarchy

2 May 2012 22:05

A propos nothing at all except coming across it in a comment over at Slugger O’Toole, here’s a jolly tale…

Bertie Ahern’s Greatest Trick: Shaming the Shameless

23 March 2012 14:49

My friend Ciaran Byrne is right: If Rupert Murdoch owned Fianna Fail he’d close it down. The Mahon Tribunal’s report…

The Irish Ask Another Brussels Question

28 February 2012 15:56

And, as we know, Brussels has a habit of changing the answer any time anyone offers the wrong inconvenient answer.…

Can Home Rule Solve Scotland’s Problems?

30 January 2012 16:10

This is not a Question To Which the Answer Must Be No. I too saw the headline Now 51% Back…

Sarkozy’s Victory

9 December 2011 14:28

This is, according to the Spitfire & Bullshit brigade, a great triumph for David Cameron and, more generally, for euroscepticism.…

Difficult Choices Are Never Easy

7 December 2011 15:00

So spake the Taioseach, a Mr Enda Kenny of County Mayo, on Sunday night. Difficult choices are never easy. There…

How To Lose An Argument: Jim Murphy Edition

6 December 2011 18:18

Meanwhile, in more examples of sloppy Labour arguments here’s a tweet Jim Murphy sent this afternoon: Oh dear. Murphy is…

A Republic, If You Can Keep It

18 November 2011 2:01

The symbolism of this is pretty dire. These are still times for bitter melancholy in Ireland and many a Dubliner…

Irish Economic Meltdown: It Wasn’t Fianna Fail’s Responsibility!

19 October 2011 13:47

Even by the lofty standards of delusional politicians, Bertie Ahern remains a man apart. The former Taoiseach who once boasted…

McGuinness Unveils New Registration for Aer Lingus Planes

19 October 2011 0:43

In the unlikely event of Martin McGuinness becoming President of the Republic of Ireland, this would surely be the Irish…

On the Centenary of Flann O’Brien

5 October 2011 13:30

How many times must a man be considered “overlooked” or recalled as a “forgotten genius” before it must become apparent…

No, Martin McGuinness is Not a Fit and Proper Person.

28 September 2011 16:03

Since I’ve always thought Shaun Woodward a nasty little toad it’s reassuring to discover the man will do nothing to…

An Irish Recovery?

27 September 2011 11:35

I think it’s tiresome the way countries in desperate economic trouble are treated as lab rats by pundits far away…

Martin McGuinness Asks Ireland to Forget History

20 September 2011 17:48

Martin McGuinness’s campaign for the Irish Presidency is, of course, a disgusting affair. How could it ever be otherwise? But…

Irish Green Shoots?

17 August 2011 16:10

Could it be that Ireland has passed through the worst of the storm? Writig in the Financial Times yesterday David…

The Last of Mr Norris

3 August 2011 14:47

Mary Robinson was (and is!) a woman and, just as importantly, the first President of the Republic of Ireland whose…