This weekâ€™sÂ Scottish RoundupÂ is brought to you by Colin Millar (@colin_millar on twitter) a leadership and management enthusiast, Ambassador for the Chartered Management Institute and blogger.
They say a week is a long time in politics and this proved to be the case for the SNP.Â Despite having a majority in the new Scottish Parliament,Â they were delivered a few blows in quick succession recently.
The first was a quiet protest at the SNPâ€™s manifesto pledge to reform Scotlandâ€™s police services after their consultation (which was heavily premised on the creation of a single Scottish police force) suggested respondents are not in favour of centralisation believing the case remains to be made regarding perceived benefits.
The second was a continuance of the very public debate about the Supreme Courtâ€™s role in Scottish justice which resulted in the First Minister giving a rather heated and, some commented â€œchildishâ€ interviewÂ in Holyrood magazine, views he refused to apologize for despite pressure from all other parties in the Scottish Parliament.
Tony Kelly, the lawyer on the receiving end of the First Ministerâ€™s vitriol stated he was seeking legal advice on action against Alex Salmond and Holyrood magazine, the Guardian amongst other newspapers covering this story.
This was followed by incongruence in the SNPâ€™s deliberations over new legislation to outlaw â€œsectarianâ€ behaviour.Â The First Minister bowed to widespread public pressure and announced a delay to allow further consultation on their proposals.Â This was immediately preceded by the Communities Minister, Roseanna Cunningham, announcing a delay was untenable as the legislation had to be laid before the new footballÂ season kicks off, the First Ministerâ€™s change in direction resulting in Ms. Cunningham being â€œcaught offsideâ€.
The sectarian legislation debate prompted Absolvitor to pose a few probing questions about what actually constitutes a criminal offence should this law be passed.Â Does singingÂ the national anthem constitute an offence?Â What about answering a ringing cell phone during a minuteâ€™s silence?Â A cartoon strip?Â Questions Roseanna Cunningham and her aides may struggle to answer expeditiously and conclusively by her own admission.
Lallands Peat Worrier also comments on this topic in â€œCunningham up before the beakâ€, noting the small print of this proposed law even had the Ministerial sponsor stumped on occasion, instead offering a â€œwild guessâ€.
Perhaps itâ€™s just as well the pressure brought to bear did result in a short delay to make sure the legislation does what itâ€™s supposed to otherwise convictions obtained using it may end up in the Supreme Court!
Money, Money, Money
There was good news for the voting public for a change.Â The taxpayer having shouldered the burden of our bungling banks now starting toÂ return to profitability; Liberal Democrat MP Stephen William suggested everyone on the Voterâ€™s Role receive a share of the benefits.Â This move was backed by the Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat MP, Nick Clegg.Â Paul McGarry asks â€œHow do you share the problem of bank ownershipâ€.
Scotland witnessed a number of â€œSlut Walksâ€, organised events to remind the administrators of justice and the public at large that womenÂ should not be subjected to physical assault or abuse regardless of their attire.
At the same time, Strathclyde Policeâ€™s Chief Constable, Stephen House, admitted â€œdisappointmentâ€ at theÂ increase in rapes and murders recorded in his Forceâ€™s area.
Bright Green notes this recent movement has fell victim to political hyperbole in the Conservative Partyâ€™s subsequent press release, despite a rape victimâ€™s plea for politicians to avoid this kind of language.
Whereâ€™s the â€œBurdzâ€?
A Burdz Eye View notes a distinct lack of the female of the species on Newsnight Scotland.Â As popularised by the (in)famous ex-footballingÂ personality caricatured on â€œOnly an Excuseâ€, Burdz Eye View asks â€œwhereâ€™s the burdzâ€.
The SFA, along with their counterparts in the Wales and Northern Ireland Football Associations, refuse to join Team GB to compete in the London 2012 Olympics, contrary to press releases from the English FA suggesting agreement to the contrary.Â The SFA suggests amalgamation into Team GB, even for a single tournament, would begin to erode its independent identity.Â Andrew Page, a Scottish Liberal Democrat outlines why he feels â€œTeam GB would be good for Scotlandâ€.
Barbie & the â€œreal meâ€
On indivual identity, Dorkymum writes â€œIn praise of Barbieâ€. Reading Dorkymumâ€™s blog, I was reminded of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.
In the book, Stephen explores what makes people â€œhighly effectiveâ€ and using some very personal and poignant reflection on his relationship with his son, reminds us that we need to explore and celebrate the values and attributes quintessential to who we are.
This piece reminds me of that fantastic piece of advice â€œBe yourselfâ€¦.everyone else is taken.â€
Unlike the seemingly ill-fated Trams In Edinburgh (TIE) project, the subject of Better Nationâ€™s reflections, this blog must come to an end, on time and on budget.
Have a great week!