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.

Maria Miller's adviser tried to warn the Telegraph off publishing a story about her expenses by mentioning her connection to Leveson. Picture: Getty

Peter Oborne has performed a great public service today

17 February 2015 21:48

Well, this is awkward. Peter Oborne is a friend and The Spectator shares a proprietor with The Daily Telegraph. So…

The First Editions Of The Sun On Sunday Hit The Newstands

The War on Rupert Murdoch is the Real Story of the Hacking Saga.

27 June 2014 0:21

The hacking scandal was about many things but the way in which it has played-out and, crucially, been reported reminds…

Witnesses Are Recalled To The Leveson Inquiry

The Daily Mail is disreputable, twisted, tendentious and malignant. Thank heavens for that

4 October 2013 10:18

For the want of a question mark, the empire was defeated. Something like that anyway. Changing The Man Who Hated Britain to A…

Amazon's Jeff Bezos To Buy The Washington Post For 250 Million

Taps for The Washington Post

6 August 2013 11:42

So it has come to this. The Washington Post, paper of Bradlee and Woodward and Bernstein and all the rest, has…

Daily Life In Glasgow After The SNP Announced Their Social Fund During Their Annual Conference

The Philpott case is horrific; so is the attempt to hijack it for any political purpose

5 April 2013 16:15

The sorry truth of the Philpott case is that almost nothing can be learnt from it. Everything would be so…

Conservatives Consider Family Tax Reform

An Antediluvian Tory Press Causes Problems for David Cameron

20 March 2013 10:52

Today’s papers make dreadful reading for anyone with an interest in modern, reformed conservatism. They are a reminder – if…

A selection of Britain's national newspa

After Leveson and McCluskey, does Alex Salmond believe in the freedom of the press?

18 March 2013 11:53

So, it seems some kind of torturous “deal” has been reached in London on how best to regulate the press…

The Duchess of Cambridge has completed her final engagement before taking time off ahead of giving birth. (ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)

Hilary Mantel did not attack Kate, she defended her.

20 February 2013 14:55

Like grief, stupidity has a hierarchy. So, on balance, Ed Miliband’s response – if it can be so dignified –…

The Isle of Jura. Image: Getty

Obituary of the Week: Jungleyes Love - Spectator Blogs

12 February 2013 10:03

I’ve been on Jura on a Wedding Planning Immersion Course* these past few days so, apart from noting that the…

Frank Keating, 1937-2013 - Spectator Blogs

26 January 2013 13:53

A while back a friend remarked that a piece I’d written – on cricket probably though, perhaps, darts – was…

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…

Polish Work Force Leads to Largest Migration In Centuries

Today's easy question: Why won't minorities support right-wing parties? - Spectator Blogs

11 December 2012 17:40

I’m afraid that I can’t help but feel some of the comments left responding to this post go some way…


Ed Miliband's Leveson response shows his weakness: he's a follower, not a leader. - Spectator Blogs

3 December 2012 15:09

The biggest risk in punditry is the determination to see what you want to see. Confirmation bias is an ever-present…

Twitter Co-Founders Biz Stone And Ev Williams Address Developers Conference

Suing Twitter for Libel is a Mug's Game - Spectator Blogs

20 November 2012 15:55

Rod Liddle asks a question of the kind one frequently sees raised by media types: [W]hy is [Lord McAlpine] not…


Scandal of Soft Touch Britain Revealed - Spectator Blogs

4 September 2012 18:54

Yet more evidence that the country is going to the dogs. Doubtless this is the ECHR’s fault too. Or, of…

Tom Watson’s Strange Sheridan Obsession

30 May 2012 17:27

I see that, following Andy Coulson’s detention as part of a police investigation into perjury at the Tommy Sheridan, er,…

Villains of the Financial Crisis? Neoconservatives, of course…

23 May 2012 10:16

Fulminating against the government’s economic policies, the Observer complained recently that: For a generation, business and finance, cheered on by…

Weak, Weak, Weak: Cameron’s Brooks Affair Will Haunt Him.

9 May 2012 15:13

The public is not, I suspect, nearly as bothered by or interested in the Leveson Inquiry as some editors think.…

Did Cameron Text Rebekah Brooks 12 Times A Day?

2 May 2012 23:36

The Prime Minister’s supporters will hope that this detail in Peter Oborne’s column today is not true: A fresh embarrassment…

Amarillo Slim, 1928-2012

1 May 2012 10:45

From one great Texan to another: Amarillo Slim, giant of poker and peddler of western wisecracks, has died. Now that…

Is Sir Simon Jenkins the Worst Columnist in Britain?

27 April 2012 11:53

I know that this must seem a large claim while so many other rotters still breathe but at least, as…

Salmond and the Murdochs: Shill, Statesman or Pragmatist?

24 April 2012 17:52

Further to that last post, Leveson released more than 100 pages of News Corp correspondence this afternoon. Alex Salmond features…

Groundhog Day at Leveson: Dog Still Bites Man

24 April 2012 17:00

One thing to be kept in mind as we consider the extent of the government’s links to News International is…

Today in Stupidity: Salmond is Hitler & the Economist is Racist

19 April 2012 10:39

David Starkey’s declne from competent historian to reactionary nitwit has been a sad business. I’m afraid it shows no sign…

Skintland: Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

17 April 2012 11:56

Crivvens, what a stramash there’s been over the cover of the Economist’s UK edition this week. Skintland is a pretty…