Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party Ruth Davidson addresses the Conservative Party conference at Manchester Central.

Ruth Davidson: the Tories need to be more than ‘decent technocrats’

7 October 2015 18:46

Ruth Davidson has secured her place as one of the most interesting politicians in the Conservative party. In her speech…

Michelle Thomson MP and Nicola Sturgeon, in happier times. AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANAN

Sleaze, cronyism and the SNP: the New Politics is charmingly familiar

1 October 2015 14:27

The great thing about the ‘new politics’ – or at least the new politics we have lately been privileged to…

The Labour Party Autumn Conference 2015 - Day 2

Jocky Come Home: a Labour misery drama that will flop

29 September 2015 14:47

Jeremy Corbyn is supposed to come to Scotland this week. Thursday’s visit will be his first since he became leader…


Welcome to the new-look Spectator Life – that’s already making the front page news

24 September 2015 10:08

I wanted to let you know about the new issue of Spectator Life that’s out today – free with the…


Do English Tories care more about the EU than the UK?

22 September 2015 15:23

This morning Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist party, outlined the extent to which she agrees with…

New Scottish Labour Party Leader Announced

Is Labour still a Unionist party?

21 September 2015 16:25

The answer to this question, it turns out, comes from Kenny Dalglish. The answer is mebbys aye, mebbys naw. At the…

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Project Fear and the grim legacy of Scotland’s ‘no’ campaign

19 September 2015 10:57

A year ago today, Britain woke up to find the union saved – but only just. In 10 Downing St,…

Glasgow Prepares For The Independence Vote

Unionism’s referendum triumph has proved as bitter as it has been short-lived

18 September 2015 14:06

Nicola Sturgeon got one thing right this morning. A year on from the independence referendum, Scotland’s First Minister allowed that…


Watch: Mhairi Black plays ‘My Heart Will Go On’

18 September 2015 12:32

Mhairi Black won millions of fans with her maiden speech in Parliament criticising George Osborne over his cuts to the welfare…

The Queen And Duke Of Edinburgh Visit Wales

WATCH: Nicola Sturgeon sings God Save the Queen

9 September 2015 16:16

As the Queen celebrates becoming Britain’s longest-serving monarch today, David Cameron led tributes for Her Majesty this morning in the Commons ahead of…

SNP MP's Pose In Front Of Parliament Following Election Success

Why won’t the SNP discipline Paul Monaghan over offensive tweets?

5 September 2015 13:25

Paul Monaghan, the SNP MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, seems quite keen to become Parliament’s new David Ward…

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Paul Mason comes to Alex Salmond’s defence over BBC bias

1 September 2015 10:10

With Alex Salmond currently engaged in a war of words with Nick Robinson over the BBC’s ‘disgraceful’ coverage of the…

J.K Rowling - In Conversation

Pardon my Scots, J.K. Rowling tells the French

25 August 2015 16:45

Despite becoming a Cybernat target during the Scottish referendum after she donated £1 million to the Better Together campaign, J.K. Rowling has…


Yes, Jeremy Corbyn actually is the most dangerous man in British politics

18 August 2015 12:17

No, Nicola Sturgeon does not have much reason to be worried about Jeremy Corbyn. But the rest of the country…


John Bercow: clapping could be permitted in the Chamber

13 August 2015 10:55

The SNP may finally be having an effect on Westminster’s rules and traditions. Ever since the 56 SNP MPs descended…

Keynote Speech By New Leader Of The SNP Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon’s bandwagon rolls on: a new poll puts the SNP on 62%

10 August 2015 12:40

People like to support successful teams. That’s why there are far more Chelsea fans now than there were 20 years…

Lynton Crosby

Lynton Crosby offers Nigel Farage some career advice

6 August 2015 17:22

In an interview with Sky News Australia, David Cameron’s former election strategist Lynton Crosby has today offered his thoughts on…


Frances Barber blasts cybernats for insulting Cilla Black

3 August 2015 17:35

Although Nicola Sturgeon has pledged to tackle her party’s ‘cybernats’ over the online abuse of those who do not support…

SNP Launch Their Manifesto In Edinburgh

The SNP are masters at playing Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

31 July 2015 10:50

All political parties have their cultish moments but some are more cultish than others. That doesn’t mean all their supporters…

The Annual Cowal Highland Games

Is another referendum on Scottish independence actually inevitable?

28 July 2015 10:52

So here we go again. Alex Salmond, popping up on the Andrew Marr show while Nicola Sturgeon is in China,…

Alex Salmond on the Andrew Marr Show. Photo: BBC.

Alex Salmond explains how a second Scottish independence referendum will happen

26 July 2015 13:27

He once said that the independence referendum was a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity but Alex Salmond has brushed aside…

David Cameron meets with Scottish First Minister and leader of the SNP Nicola Sturgeon at Bute House on May 15, 2015 in Edinburgh.

The SNP is forcing Cameron to think of Scotland. They may come to regret that

24 July 2015 17:04

No one can deny that the SNP has made Westminster pay more attention to Scotland. Five years ago, it was…

Taking a leaf out of the SNP's book? (Photo: Getty)

Was Yvette Cooper ‘inspired’ by Mhairi Black’s maiden speech?

23 July 2015 12:13

Last week the SNP MP Mhairi Black gave her maiden speech to Parliament. The young politician inspired the nation with her story of…


Podcast: Morality and privacy online, and how the SNP MPs may save the Union

23 July 2015 9:55

The hacking of adultery website Ashley Madison has raised the question of whether there is such a thing as privacy…


Mhairi Black: I’m the only 20-year-old George Osborne will help with housing

14 July 2015 16:10

Last week the SNP MP Phil Boswell made a ‘depravity’ gaffe in his maiden speech. Happily, his colleague – and…