Scottish Roundup is brought to you this week by Gavin Hamilton who blogs at The View from the Hills.
You say you want a revolution
well you know, we all want to rule the world…
You say you got a real solution
Well you know, we’d all love to see the plan…
August is coming to an end. Footy has returned, the kids are back at school and the Edinburgh Festivals are drawing to a close. Traditionally this is still the heart of the silly season with no real stories in the news, but this month momentous change is in the air.
The end game seems to have arrived in the Libyan revolution and the latest instalment of the Arab Spring. The futuristic transport plans of the City of Edinburgh are in tatters as the troubled tram project hit the buffers and Scottish football is looking for a radical solution as the last teams have been kicked out of Europe before summer’s even out!
All this and more was occupying the Macblogosphere this week.
The news this week has been dominated by Libya and the fall of Tripoli as the rebels and Nato reached tipping point against the Gaddafi regime.
The magnificently loquacious Lallands Peat Worrier writes “Send Megrahi back to chokey!”
In a bun dance on the other hand, writing about the reporting of Libya, writes, “Twitter – break the news not hearts” where she reflects on the power of Twitter in reporting the news, and reflects on some of the limitations too.
The domestic story that raised a big stushie this week was the ill fated Edinburgh Trams project – which was meant to revolutionise the city’s integrated transport system and environment. This week the capital’s councillors voted to complete a truncated line to Haymarket only – thereby running between the airport and just outside the city centre. Well, the proverbial has hit the fan!
Sean McP has an original take on the story and puts it all in perspective in “Old and Bent“. He describes ‘the politically motivated decision to vote for the worst option’ and despairs because he feels Edinburgh ‘has made a career of dither, lack of vision and small mindedness,’ irrespective of the political party involved.
A Burdz Eye View notes political posturing behind a poor decision in “Capital‘s leaders are far from inspiring“. She includes a vote which, when I looked, had most voting to complete the project, just ahead of those voting to mothball and a single solitary vote to go with what the council actually voted for.
Shoogly Peg in “Tram-pling Democracy” offers a west coast view of Edinburgh’s cock up. Caron’s Musings gives a LibDem view in “What use is a tram line to Haymarket?” Suitably Despairing gives a Green view in “Trams effectively killed off.” While Andrew Burns argues Labour‘s case, and the case for what was voted for, in several articles on his excellent blog ‘…Really Bad Blog‘. “£230 million per mile tram debt deal was unacceptable” is probably the main article. (Sorry couldn’t find a SNP or Conservative view.)
Change has been in the air for our political parties too. They have been in some disarray since our own so called ‘Scottish Spring’ and the SNP success at Holyrood.
Both Labour and the Conservatives have to find new leaders. This week leading Scottish blogger Tom Harris MP put himself forward to be the Labour leader in Scotland, though Jeff Breslin, writing at Better Nation, thinks he is just trying to shake the process up in “Tom Harris for leader of Scottish Labour?” Tom Harris himself says he really does want the job writing at Labourhame in “Leadership ambitions”.
The week’s theme of change and big solutions is taken up by Mugwump, in which David Torrance writes about the search for a new leader of the Conservatives in Scotland, and argues “A no change leader – regardless of who it is – is political death.”
Nick Clegg, the Deputy PM and LibDem leader visited Scotland this week and shared his plans for changing the world as part of the Coalition government and got paint splattered for his trouble. Caron’s Musings covered the visit in “Nick Clegg has to get out and about in Scotland more often”, while A Scottish Liberal cast a more critical eye over what Clegg is doing in “Nick Clegg visits Scotland”.
As far as the SNP are concerned, the Burd cast a critical eye over the SNP’s first 100 days at Holyrood this time and found it less than revolutionary, albeit practical – writing at Better Nation in “100 days have come and gone”. Stephen Noon on the other hand shared his vision for the future in “Scotland’s New Deal” in which he highlights an interesting study of the economics of small independent states by a Plaid Cymru MP.
Revolution in other news…
Gerry Hassan wrote this week about Steve Jobs, relinquishing his role as Apple CEO through ill health. As he notes, Apple and Jobs has changed the planet in “My own personal enlightenment: how the internet is remaking us.”
Closer to home Manguin’s Republic shows how the mighty have fallen this week in his tale of the recent downward turn in the life of Fred Goodwin in “What was that twinge?”
Speaking of events leading to the fall of the mighty, Subrosa wrote about the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case and reflected “what constitutes a good victim?”
In “Auld Reekie roller girl role models” Mairi Campbell-Jack writes a guest post for Dorky Mum. She explores how one subculture can provide a revolutionary different understanding of femininity.
Cranmer wrote about “Anti-Semitism at St Andrews University” in which he discusses an important case this week and whether it was revolt against the state of Israel or just anti-Jewish racism.
Kezia Dugdale in “Tuition Fees” discusses the important issue of whether UK citizens from outside Scotland will still have to pay fees at Scottish Universities in a case that reared its head last week and which may yet upset that particular apple cart.
Scottish Mum Blog has set up a new group on Brit Mums for bloggers who have an interest in adoption. I include this because I believe adoption can completely change things for the better for those who are adopted and is such an important thing in our society. She wrote, “Bloggers adoption group on Brit Mums”.
Calzo is a talented music producer and sometime web designer from the Borders. He is doing some original work in the studio and with a fusion of light, sound and performance which promises to change the world in another way – maybe a better way!
Read about it what he is up to on his blog also in, “Building Shep 3 RDs EP”