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Alex Massie (born 1 July 1974) is a Scottish freelance journalist commentator based in Edinburgh.


Early lifeEdit

The son of the journalist Allan Massie, Massie was educated at Glenalmond College in Perthshire and at Trinity College, Dublin, where he edited T.C.D. Miscellany. He was also an active member of the University Philosophical Society, one of the college's main debating societies.

In 1997, he won the John Smith Memorial Mace debating competition, speaking with Matthew Magee and representing the University Philosophical Society. Formerly The Observer Mace, the competition was renamed in 1995 and is run by the English-Speaking Union.


Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator, a columnist for the Scottish edition of The Times, and a regular contributor to Border Television as well as BBC Television and radio. Prior to this, he edited a political blog, 'The Debatable Land.'[1]

He was previously Washington correspondent for The Scotsman and Assistant Editor of Scotland on Sunday. He has also written for The Washington Post, Politico,The Daily Telegraph, The New Republic, Foreign Policy,The Sunday Times,The Daily Beast,[2] the Los Angeles Times, The Scottish Daily Mail, National Review Online, The Sunday Telegraph, The New York Times,[3] The American Conservative, TIME magazine,Bloomberg Businessweek, The Observer, the New Statesman, The Big Issue, Slate, CapX, the Irish Independent, Newsweek and The Sunday Business Post.[4] Since January 2009[5] he has written a blog[6] that is published by The Spectator.[7] In 2012 he was short-listed in the blog section for the Orwell Prize for political writing.[8]

Private lifeEdit

Massie plays for Selkirk Cricket Club and supports Scottish football side Heart of Midlothian.[9]


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  2. ^ "Alex Massie". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  3. ^ Massie, Alex (11 May 2010). "Britain's Coalition of Pain". The New York Times.
  4. ^ "Debatable Land – This land…It's debatable".
  5. ^ Administrator (27 January 2009). "Massie Blog Moving to Spectator". Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  6. ^ "Alex Massie joins". The Spectator. 20 January 2009. Archived from the original on 16 April 2009. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  7. ^ "Nine points behind — has Alex Salmond lost before he's begun?". 26 November 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Orwell Prize 2012 Shortlists Announced". The Orwell Prize. 24 April 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  9. ^ Alex Massie (31 August 2009). "Megrahi Release Explained: He's a Rangers Fan". The Spectator. Archived from the original on 4 September 2009.

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