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Clinging to November…

In a “stunning” last minute substitution – as I believe folk on the football field say – I’ve been drafted in to replace Mike Ritchie and triumphantly boot this week’s Scottish Roundup into the back of the net. Fear not, there is no red or yellow card – Mike is simply hamstrung by the Tyrant, […]

“Spewings and rantings of very drunk people late at night…”

“A lot of bloggers seem to be socially inadequate, pimpled, single, slightly seedy, bald, cauliflower-nosed, young men sitting in their mother’s basements and ranting. They are very angry people. OK – the country is full of very angry people. Many of us are angry people at times. Some of us are angry and drunk. But […]

Season of tiffs & mellow fruitiness…

If there hasn’t exactly been Miliband-fever, at the beginning of the week the blogosphere at least broke sweat over  the new Labour leader’s first big speech, which conspired to load and bless his party with electoral fruit. Kezia Dugdale suggests the speech was… “… an absolute triumph. It was vibrant, honest and full of depth. […]

Wanted: Scottish rounduppers!

You’ll all be familiar with the worthy collective venture that is the weekly Scottish Roundup. In the best spirit of civic nationalism, the roundup gives Scottishness its widest possible definition. When it is working at its best, weekly guest editors collate suggestions from the blog-reading public, make their own choices and often highlight a missed […]

Summer’s lease hath all too short a date…

We’ve had a last minute field-promotion here at the Scottish Roundup, and yours truly has been cheerfully and willingly dragooned into composing this exceedingly last-minute overview of Scotland’s blogging interests over the last week. Apologies pre-emptively to those of you who prefer to live more de-politicised lives – what follows will by necessity rather retrace […]

A week for Holy Fools…

Christ is risen! Ish, maybe, certainly, or not! Delete as your own cosmological preferences tend.  Whether redeemed or unredeemable, thirsting after righteousness or thirsting after a breakfast Chablis, I invite you this lustrously distilled Easter round-up of the Scottish blogosphere’s  obsessions, hobby horses, private feuds, political commitments and existential reflections. Welcome to the just and […]

Summer has set in with its usual severity…

Summer has set in with its usual severity. The stampeding cattle of politics have made haste to pastures new, while hotfooted journos goad their nags into lazy haste, in glib pursuit. For those left behind, without the warm exuberance of the nimble and sweet Tuscan air, the only consolation is to flagellate out their frustrations […]

“I wasted time and now doth time waste me…”

The clocks have been fierce this week. Just as one second had wreaked its political vengeance against the Westminster Government, it was replaced by another stalking beat, with a blow of its own to land. Thanks to modern telecommunications, death is re-experienced hourly in sixty cut units. Commentators scrabble for their knife sharpeners as they […]

This little piggy went…

Hostile hams, kurkis polished up to a wicked political sheen, expenses paper cuts which run to the bone. Yelping, squalling, wheezing. Wide eyed denial. Implausible support.All in all, a fairly typical week in political life, where never one day passes, but some poor heart does break. Typically to general hilarity. From the Scottish blogging perspective, […]