Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Do the Tories know how to select a good leader anymore?

Whoever succeeds Mrs May when she goes will be what is now called “an unelected Prime Minister”. That’s to say,..

By Allan Massie

Friday, 17 May 2019

How Irish rugby survived the Troubles

Saracens may have squeezed the life out of Leinster to win the European Champions Cup last week; it was a..

By Allan Massie

Friday, 10 May 2019

Club loyalties in football have never been stronger

Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham Hotspurs’ manager, hailed the “all-English” Champions League final against Liverpool in Madrid as “amazing”. Perhaps it is...

By Allan Massie

Friday, 3 May 2019

Looking back to a golden age of amateur sport is for dodos

Most sport is amateur; most sportsmen play for pleasure and aren’t paid. But of course, if your knowledge of sport..

By Allan Massie

Monday, 29 April 2019

Making Boris the card Prime Minister is too much of a gamble

The Mail Online had a feature on Boris Johnson campaigning in Walsall for Thursday’s local elections. It’s the kind of..

By Allan Massie

Friday, 19 April 2019

Here's hoping that French flair wins out in the European Champions Cup

Saracens v Munster on Saturday, Leinster v Toulouse on Sunday – the semi-finals of the European Champions Cup offer an..

By Allan Massie

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

How Appeasement and the National Government left us better prepared to fight the Second World War

I haven’t yet read Tim Bouverie’s new book Appeasing Hitler: Chamberlain, Churchill and the Road to War, only Andrew Rawnsley’s..

By Allan Massie

Friday, 12 April 2019

Sport has changed with society - Israel Folau's views are no longer welcome

Israel Folau, the Australian full-back, is one of the brightest stars in Rugby Union, a wonderfully skilful and exciting player...

By Allan Massie

Friday, 5 April 2019

Remembering young Tom Morris

Any golfer who visits St Andrews (as any true enthusiast for the game must surely do at least once) should..

By Allan Massie