Allan Massie

Reaction Contributor

Saturday, 23 January 2021

Against all odds: India's historic Test series win

It is natural to draw comparisons in the immediate flush of delight and enthusiasm, and so it’s hardly surprising that …

By Allan Massie

Saturday, 16 January 2021

Remembering John Edrich - a brave cricketer

Before his death this week, Don Smith was the oldest living English Test cricketer. I remember him as a good …

By Allan Massie

Saturday, 9 January 2021

Will the Lions tour be the next covid casualty?

Uncertainty surrounds the prospects of the Lions tour this summer. Nobody can be surprised. Everything is uncertain now. Every shopkeeper, …

By Allan Massie

Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Cavani's suspension is a sign of our exceptionally stupid times

My old friend Simon Gray, playwright and author of the incomparable Smoking Diaries, liked to say that we live in …

By Allan Massie

Saturday, 19 December 2020

A year of sport without spectators

With Reaction taking a much-needed break over what one can’t quite call the Festive period, the Sports column can say …

By Allan Massie

Monday, 14 December 2020

The SNP's rewriting of party history is Stalinist

In an article on Reaction last month I recalled the boy-hero of the Soviet Union, Pavlik Morosov, who gained that …

By Allan Massie

Saturday, 12 December 2020

In contact sports are physical injuries part of the game?

The revelation that Steve Thompson, hooker in England’s World Cup triumph in 2003, can’t remember what happened in the game …

By Allan Massie

Thursday, 10 December 2020

Salmond inquiry: Peter Murrell's testimony takes us all for idiots

It’s tough being married to a party leader, Prime Minister, First Minister, even, I daresay, President of the United States. …

By Allan Massie

Monday, 7 December 2020

Get the young vaccinated first

Who are at the head of the vaccine queue? Who should be there? Some answers are easy. Care Home staff and …

By Allan Massie