SBR 21: Tory infighting, Labour disarray

Hello there! Garry seems to have gone MIA. All is quiet on his own blog as well, so I guess he is busy. So I’m afraid I’m doing this week’s roundup again. Don’t worry, I’ll take a break for a few weeks after that…

It seems as though there was no big overriding theme this week — but still plenty of discussion going on in the Scottish blogosphere.

First up, an interesting recommendation that was emailed to us — which is just as well because I had never heard of this blog before. We Need a Change is a blog by a disgruntled supporter of the Conservatives.

It seems as though his blog has become the scene of some “bickering between people that work at the Parliament and those that work at Central office.” This post about Annabel Goldie amassed forty comments!

Will Patterson has a word to say about Labour’s campaign. It seems as though they realise that nobody believes a word they have to say — so their campaign is going to be negative from now on. This could get tiring over the next two months.

Meanwhile, David Hutchison wonders if the wheels are off the Labour campaign completely.

Richard Thomson asks what on earth Network Rail are doing donating £11,000 to the Scottish Labour Party. What is going on?

Over at SNP Tactical Voting, the focus is on opinion polls. Supporters of independence are over the moon that the SNP has such a lead over Labour at the moment.

But as our tactical voter points out, the other pro-independence parties look like being squeezed out — Solidarity, SSP and the Greens all look set to have disappointing elections. A pro-independence majority in the Scottish Parliament still looks far away.

According to Tartan Hero, Ming Campbell has made his first big mistake. He has admitted that he is preparing for coalition in Westminster.

This admission belies the real reason why Ming Campbell doesn’t want a SNP/Lib Dem coalition in Scotland, if he is negotiating a deal with Gordon Brown for the Foreign Secretary’s job.

The SNP have registered a number of phrases that they could use on ballot papers including “Alex Salmond for First Minister”. Even putting aside the fact that voters don’t even elect the First Minister, Kezia Dugdale reckons “it’s insulting and patronising to voters.”

Holyrood Watcher has a post about Scotland’s great economic successes — RBS and HBOS. He wonders why we don’t hear much about them. These companies dwarf Tesco, but their influence is nowhere to be seen.

The whole Terry Kelly bashing thing, which has become a national sport of the blogosphere, is getting a little tiresome I think. Yes, he is a moron. Can we move on now? There is even a Terry Watch blog, dedicated to “keeping a watchful eye over the man”.

Still, it has to be said that Mr Kelly provides plenty of entertainment, and Mr Eugenides notes a possible “Freudian slip” made in discussions about the allegations of corruption in Renfrewshire Council that are currently being investigated.

Seeing as Curious Hamster isn’t here, I might as well include one of his posts. People hark back to the good old days of the House of Commons, but did it ever really exist?

McGellie asks people to mind their language when talking about Scottish divorce, er, I mean independence.

Is the end of the Union a divorce? Not unless you think Scotland and England are a married couple who’ve fallen out of love. But it’s just not like that.

Jamie Hepburn casts a critical eye over new political party Scottish Voice.

At Applied Planetary Engineering, Roger Thomas thinks that the “contaminated fuel” problem might have been blown out of proportion.

The news seem to be reporting any old rubbish. ITV did a 5 minute interview with a Porsche owner who had broken down, the last question was, what was wrong? He replied the air mass meter. Dong. This is on the air inlet side, nothing to do with fuel or the exhaust and has nothing at all to do with the fuel side of the engine management system.

The BBC took one report from someone in Belfast who went to a nature reserve, crashed into a rock and his brakes seized, he put this down to the oxygen sensor. No you drove into a rock.

Mike Power doesn’t believe the consipracy theories surrounding Dr David Kelly’s death — but he still believes he was murdered.

Right, that is the roundup for this week. Just another call for those nominations please, because I am certain that this roundup only skims the surface of the blogosphere. I’m discovering several blogs ever week, so if you know of anything interesting going on, please do email us at scottishroundup [at] gmail [dot] com.

Will Patterson will be doing next week’s roundup. In the meantime, seeya later!


  1. Thanks very much for the remarks re the We Need Change blog. I am bitterly disappointed that a debate about the party fortunes has been hijacked by staff from Central Office and from Parliament to air their grievances about the others work.