SBR 27: Not long to go now.

No 27 is from David Farrer of Freedom and Whisky.

Let’s start with a funny one. The LibDem leaflet that I just received says they’ll provide “more Bobbies on the beat”. Now we know why!

Needless-to-say, this week’s Scottish Roundup is mainly concerned with the forthcoming Holyrood and local elections. And don’t forget that saying: “All politics is local”. Cameron Rose blogs about a burst water valve in south Edinburgh, there’s “Election Fever” in Pilton and, over in Paisley, Councillor Kelly – no not that one, I mean this one – is helping the police with, I suppose, their enquiries.

One of the week’s main stories was mentioned by Mr Eugenides on Wednesday. There are supposedly plans for a separate Scottish Conservative Party and the usual official denials suggest to me that the story may well be true. Bishop Hill makes this observation:

Scotland, the country, needs to be cut free. Then it can go through the pain that will cure it of its delusion. Try socialism. Try it again. Then try it some more, and if that doesn’t work then keep on trying it just a few more times. The turmoil and despair that this will create will act as a kind of mask so that when a radical new free market approach is announced, nobody will recall that a long-forgotten party called the Conservatives were advocating just such a policy many years before, not that they were widely reviled for it by the very people who now declared it the road to redemption.

I fear that he’s correct. But when the people finally demand a free-market Scotland some of us will take a morbid pleasure in saying:”Ye ken noo!”

And what would such a party be called? The Rev I. M. Jolly suggests the “Freedom and Whisky Party”.

OK, but what about “THERESAMOOSELOOSEABOOTTHISHOOSE“, which obviously stands for:

The Highland Electoral Reform Executive Seeking A More Opportunity-Orientated Social Environment Leading to Optimal Organic Supply-side Effects Augmenting Business Operation Over The Totality of Holyrood and Inspiring Stronger Healthier Organisation Of Scottish Enterprise

Meanwhile, some Scots Tories have gone further as this article by Clive Schmulian demonstrates.

I do not support most of the SNP’s policies and remain a supporter of conservative values, however I will be casting my vote on the single issue of independence.

A century or so ago some of us libertarian-minded folk would have been voting for the Liberals. But look what they did to Neil Craig. Doesn’t this sound better than Gordon Brown?

Back in the Holyrood campaign 1820 has some Rules for Unionists, Bill Cameron is worried about electronic vote counting, Councillor Burns gets a leaflet from Sarah (me too), Tartan Hero isn’t happy about what the Bogey Man has done to our pensions (me too), Right for Scotland will be supporting UKIP, SNP Tactical Voting writes about the Greens, and Leyton is being stalked by Nicola Sturgeon.

Talking of “Right for Scotland”, that’s also the title of a piece by Scots and Independent on the Scottish Tory question.

Down in London (as pointed out by Holyrood Chronicles) the Times proclaims in full “No shit Sherlock” mode that:

The Scottish electorate should be aware that a vote for Mr Salmond would be a very substantial step towards leaving the United Kingdom.

Can’t we bloggers get paid for scoops like that?

Not everything going on in Scotland this week is about politics – in the ideal world there would be hardly any politics at all. Over on Arran, there’s a new paper that has a blog. Kinglear explains why I have so many maps in my house/car/briefcase. And Havering On discovers an unusual new angle to Edinburgh’s role as Unesco City of Literature.

Finally, I’ve heard from Google that I’ve earned $46 in advertising revenue from my own blog. Still keeping the day job(s)…

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  1. Brilliant roundup! Lots of blogs that I hadn’t heard of before.

    I think special mention should go to the YouScotland video that was doing the rounds last Sunday (unfortunately after I had written the roundup). I’ve criticised YouScotland in the past, but this is actually pretty good.

  2. Your assertion seems to be that I have done something wrong here, not that I surprised given your other references (ie Mr Farrer) however for clarity let me be clear … The police and I are working to rid the area of the Graffiti artists I didn’t think that I would be slated for working with te Police on such an important issue but such is life.

    I am glad however that you are so interested in the blogs of elected members can I take from this that you will be standing yourself?

  3. No Rayleen – I was making a joke. Exactly the sort of joke I would make to and about one of my own friends or political allies. If it hadn’t been a joke I wouldn’t have linked to your site so that people could read the full story. Nor would I have included the “I suppose”.

    Helping the police in this way is exactly what elected members should be doing and I support your action.

    I won’t be joining the ranks of the elected members – someone has to work to pay the taxes that they consume.

  4. I have worked well with the Community police in my area and I hope that after May I will be able to continue to do so, I believe in the actions that I have taken and I am glad that we at least agree on this, if I have misjudged your comments then let me apologise, however, given the current climate I do not find this type of joke funny, it could be easily misread.

  5. Is this the same David Farrer who specialised in the advertising world (GGK) and good whiskies from Compton Street. If so could you please get in touch to carry on this debate face to face. And remember to CYA.