Iain Martin


Iain Martin is the editor, publisher and co-founder of Reaction. He writes a weekly column on politics for The Times and appears as a commentator on the BBC and CNN. He is the author of the award-winning book “Making it Happen: Fred Goodwin, RBS and the men who blew up the British Economy” and of “Crash, Bang, Wallop: the inside story of Big bang and financial revolution that changed the world."

Saturday, 19 September 2020

Tory leadership race - the contenders to succeed Boris

What a week! In the olden days, before the internut, in the late 1990s and Follow Reaction on Twitter

By Iain Martin

Sunday, 13 September 2020

Borisland: Cummings, Carrie and the troubled creation of a new post-Thatcherite Conservatism

This is Iain Martin’s weekly newsletter for Reaction subscribers. Subscribe here. In Tim Shipman’s long read in last weekend’s edition …

By Iain Martin

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Shetland Islands Council votes to explore breakaway from SNP-run Scotland

Shetland Islands Council has voted to explore ways of achieving financial and political self-determination. Councillors exasperated by centralisation under the …

By Iain Martin

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Covid-19: Government considering banning gatherings of more than six people over surge in cases

Gatherings of more than six people may be prohibited as early as this week by the government, as Number 10 decides …

By Iain Martin

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Rule Britannia and Land of Hope & Glory lyrics - cut out and keep to sing along with the BBC

It turns out that Covid-19, the virus, was not specially attracted to anyone singing Rule, Britannia! or Land of Hope …

By Iain Martin

Thursday, 27 August 2020

Is Scottish independence worth the pain of becoming a hostile power?

It is GERS week in Scotland, when the official numbers on the public finances are published each year by the …

By Iain Martin

Friday, 7 August 2020

Trump v Biden: Somehow the Democrats have ended up with another candidate they need to hide

It’s August and I’m disappearing for a couple of weeks. Before I go, to the fridge to pour a glass …

By Iain Martin

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Union on life support, but not quite dead yet

The award for best and most cynical piece of political phrase-making this summer goes to Alex Massie. On hearing the …

By Iain Martin

Saturday, 18 July 2020

The West must get ready for the coming clash with China

On the 5 March 1946, American and British officials signed a then secret agreement that stands – in the context …

By Iain Martin