Mature unionism and immature campaigners

Welcome to this week’s roundup!

There has been a lot of talk about David Cameron’s comments on Scottish independence while campaigning in Glenrothes. Many have noted that Cameron’s argument is a lot more mature than a lot of unionist arguments.

Alex Massie thinks it’s a breath of fresh air compared to the normal argument that stresses economic benefits. North Britain asks, “Is the Unionist argument finally maturing?” But Scottish Unionist points out that this is nothing new.

Not so mature was the group of activists that Stephen Glenn met in Glenrothes.

Staying in Glenrothes, Will Patterson asks what the Lib Dems really want, noticing that they appear to be happier attacking the SNP rather than Labour who currently occupy the seat. Perhaps they should focus more on Labour, because Malc thinks that Labour could hold Glenrothes. Gordon Brown must be hoping so since Alasdair thinks that this by-election is do or die for the Prime Minister.

Elsewhere, Stephen Glenn has spotted that the SNP Government is good at shifting the blame.

Jeff analyses a YouGov poll of 60 marginal seats. He warns against reading too much into it when it comes to Scotland, but the poll has some interesting findings regarding the (under-) performance of the Conservatives in the UK as a whole.

More good news for Labour is the fact that they can genuinely claim to have reduced levels of income inequality and poverty, as Yousuf points out.

Meanwhile, Caron points out an email sent by SNP councillor John Finnie speculating on possible future by-elections as a result of people’s ill health.

Scottish Unionist takes Joe Middleton to task for one of his arguments in favour of independence.

Yapping Yousuf wonders if going to university is worth it any more. This is something that I am sure crosses most students’ minds these days.

Calumn Carr has posted some thoughts on suicide in the wake of the assisted suicide of rugby player Daniel James. What are the moral rights and wrongs surrounding it?

Meanwhile, Jamie Cooke considers the case of a suicidal girl who is kept in prison, noting that it’s a terrible way to treat society’s most vulnerable.

Last week the SNP Conference came to a close. Ideas of Civilisation asked what exactly the point of party conferences is. Meanwhile, Will P summed up his experiences from inside.

Jack Deighton looks at the tendency of Republicans to “the hounding, whilst in office, of… Democratic Presidents” and predicts that if Barack Obama wins he’ll have to contend with a lot of opposition.

Meanwhile, James at Two Doctors takes a look at more stories of dodgy voting machines in the USA.

Big Rab considers the case of “Joe the Plumber”. Did he have a point? Big Rab thinks not.

Meanwhile, Clairwil adopts the stiff upper lip when thinking about the economy: “We saw off Hitler we can see off the cock ups of greedy bankers.”

Adopted Domain ponders the SNP’s fondness for free universal public services. He notes that the plans tend to benefit the middle classes rather than society’s poorest.

On the back of more murky stories surrounding political donations this week, Political Dissuasion worries that the idea of state funding of political parties will rear its ugly head again.

Big Rab looks at the problems small businesses face. He is not impressed with politicians’ ideas to help small business.

Jeff recounts a tale of a colleague of his who was beaten up by a drunken youth. This prompts him to reconsider the SNP’s proposals to restrict alcohol sales to under-21s. A range of views are expressed in the comments.

West World looks at Christine Grahame’s calls for repatriation of the remains of Mary Queen of Scots.

Will P wonders what the best outcome would be in the event of a hung parliament.

Matt’s Mic casts his eye over John Loughton, who appears to be about as principled as most other politicians.

Finally, on the back of a story about the SNP’s media management written by Nicholas Christian, James takes a look at the history of the fake byline.

And that’s all for this week. Remember to send in your nominations either by using the form on the right or by emailing Thanks!

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