Morning all. The good people of the Roundup have foolishly left their back door open again, so Iâ€™ve sneaked into the opulent editorâ€™s suite for a good rummage through the blog drawer. Here are the best posts I found inside.
We begin with Turing. The extraordinary codebreaker was vital in World War IIâ€™s victory, but he took his own life in 1954. Mairi at From Speakerâ€™s Corner reflects on his conviction of the then-crime of homosexuality, the horrible medical interventions which tried to â€œfixâ€ him and the arguments for and against an official government apology for his treatment.
And moving from an act that should never have been a crime to one which too often is not treated as one, Sarah Lauren Scott writes about her participation in an upcoming documentary about sexual violence.
We pause now for a public service announcement. This week, the Roundup has received several nominations for blogs rather than specific blogposts. As this is a roundup of the weekâ€™s best writing rather than a Top of the Pops style weekly chart, please remember to nominate a particular post. (For younger readers, Top of the Pops was a music show where pop stars mimed their hits and Radio 1 DJs cracked awful jokes. I miss it terribly).
Anyway, back to the blog drawer. As usual, quite a lot of people are exercised about politics, none more so than the Cybernats. They are unimpressed with David Cameronâ€™s speech at the Conservativeâ€™s knees-up in Troon, and their sentiments are echoed by Justified Spinner, who takes issue with Iain Duncan Smithâ€™s latest attack on the SNP.
This week saw not only the Toriesâ€™ tryst in Troon but also the (Os)Borne Budget. Itâ€™s a bit like the Bourne trilogy, only longer and less exciting. Aidan at Better Nation produced an impressive analysis that frankly went right over my head, my Higher Economics being but a distant memory of guns and butter. And the Burd followed up her budget scrutiny with some gentle lampooning of the Unionist partiesâ€™ choice of Yes campaign leaders.
From politics to poop, avoiding the temptation to draw an analogy between the two, oor ain Ellen at In a Bun Dance writes about her attempts to get her toddler to use a potty, and his sweetly firm determination not to.
And finally, the hands-down winner of the Post of the Week award that Iâ€™ve just invented and will probably forget about immediately, Ruth at Dorky Mum produces a moving and measured account of a visit to the West Bank. If you read nothing else this week, read this.
Right, I think I can hear someone coming, so Iâ€™d better tidy up all these blog posts and leg it. Cheerybye!