Welcome to the second Scottish Blogging Roundup and this week itâ€™s my turn. Before we start, Iâ€™d just like to say one thing. ONE NIL, ONE NIL, ONE NIL, ONE NIL! Ahem, anyway, thereâ€™s lots of good stuff this week so letâ€™s get straight down to it.
With the SNP doing reasonably well in the polls, Scottish independence is back on the agenda in a big way at the moment. Converts are coming from the most surprising places. This week, David Farrer interviewed Scottish conservative historian Michael Fry on his conversion to the cause. (You may have to scroll down a bit to find the post.)
And speaking of doctorâ€™s, roundup initiator doctorvee has had some trouble with trains. It never used to happen in the good old days of steam apparently.
Next up, Bill Cameron discusses the US governmentâ€™s attempts to draw the UK into its criminal conspiracy A dramatic title indeed.
Over at J. Arthur MacNumpty, Will is considering the implications of the by-election for the Markinch and Woodside East on Fife Council. There was a 30% swing to the SNP; is there now no such thing as a safe Scottish seat?
Thereâ€™s been plenty of talk on Jack Strawâ€™s article and subsequent comments on whether Muslim women should wear the veil. Osama Saeed expresses his concern that “we are witnessing a spiralling race to the bottom as to which party can malign the Muslim community the most”. Shuggy explains that some of the arguments used against Strawâ€™s position are flawed but ultimately takes a liberal view and Caron believes that Strawâ€™s comments reflect Labourâ€™s fundamental inability to respect individuality.
Bernie Hughes looks at the Conservative Partyâ€™s prospects in Scotland. Unsurprisingly, they are still dire. Should the Scottish Conservative Party make a unilateral declaration of independence from the Conservatives at Westminster?
Bernie also has an interesting conspiracy theory.
And finally, Holyrood Cronicles reminds us that none of the above posts will be read by anyone in offices of the Scottish Executive. If you thought there was a chance that your voice might be heard within the corridors of power in Edinburgh, think again. The powers that be have taken steps to ensure that blogging subversives like us are unable to disrupt the
gravy train system.
OK, one more and finally in the spirit of ITV News at 10 when it was still watchable. I found this yesterday:
This is the biggest spider I’ve ever discovered in Scotland. It just about scared the pants off me. Anyone seen a bigger one?
Thatâ€™s all for this week folks. Before signing off though, Iâ€™d like to add that weâ€™d really like people to nominate posts for inclusion in the roundup, particularly from blogs weâ€™ve not mentioned before. And if youâ€™ve started a new blog, feel free to send us a link for us to plug in our â€œNewly Discoveredâ€ linklog. Please send your nominations to scottishroundup [at] gmail [dot] com. Thanks.