Hello there! Sorry I haven’t made the promised changes. I can’t get out of the annoying habit of being busy I’m afraid. Still, this week’s roundup is here as scheduled.
Many will remember Jamie Stone’s comment during the election campaign, suggesting that nationalists were xenophobic. Labour MP Anne Moffat has gone a whole step further, comparing the SNP to the Nazis. She blamed proportional representation for Nazism and likened the SNP’s election victory to this supposed process. Well, at least the Scottish Parliament doesn’t let people into power on the support of 20-odd percent of the electorate.
But there is at least one thing that the BNP and the SNP have in common. You might recall a few weeks ago bloggers were discussing whether the SNP were on the left or the right. This week, agentmancuso has written a post asking whether the BNP are on the left or the right.
But a lot of bloggers have been looking at Labour and noting a certain resemblance to the BNP, particularly in the wake of Margaret Hodge’s comments last week that, “established British families should be given priority over economic migrants for council housing.” Blackadder at The Spoilt Ballot says this:
So gone is the leftist principle of â€œfrom each according to their ability to each according to their needâ€ and in with â€œBritain for the Britsâ€.
Meanwhile, Alan at The Art of the Possible says that it would take us back to the dark days of the 1950s.
…all Mrs Hodge is doing is pandering to far-right elements in her own constituency. It was her blunder that legitimised the BNP candidates standing in her constituency in 2006, which led to them winning enough seats to make them the second largest party on the council. And now, instead of standing up to these people she is pandering to those who preach hatred and advocate discrimination.
In yet another example of the Labour government’s war on liberty, Shuggy has this on the suggestion that people ought to inform the police about anyone who might have the potential to commit a crime. (Is that everyone?)
I find the whole idea that we have a automatic civic duty to grass – even when our neighbours actually do something illegal – creepy, offensive, and the very antithesis of civility.
And just to go one step further, this week also saw the announcement of flying CCTV cameras, presumably to catch us not telling on each other or something. Reactionary Snob had this, and Kevin Williamson had this.
Meanwhile, amid the neverending talk about Asbos these days, the word at the barricades is, what is wrong with young people being young people, eh?
Bishop Hill has this smart, short post on the five ages of political life.
The Scottish Parliament is not quite as fusty as Westminster, certainly when it comes to some of the latter’s odder traditions. But Holyrood Watcher is not sure that the right balance has been struck. How should MSPs address each other?
Bookdrunk is once again concerned about the future of the Freedom of Information act. Ann Widdecombe’s defence of the proposed watering-down is dissected.
Meanwhile, Mr Eugenides has taken a look at Alistair Darling’s comments on the basis that they could well be the regurgitated opinions of Gordon Brown.
Richard Havers thinks he has detected a change in Jim Mather’s approach towards nuclear power. In the comments, Richard Thomson disagrees. On his own blog he has this.
Kevin Williamson asks, where now for Solidarity and the SSP? He concludes that they did not campaign enough for independence, and this is what cost them their votes.
Should Scotland enter its own separate team in the Olympics? Jeff at SNP Tactical Voting thinks it’s a race not worth running. Grant Thoms, on the other hand, thinks Scotland should go for it. After all, it already competes separately in the Commonwealth Games.
Here is the side of Alex Salmond you might not know about. An account from a 16-year-old Not the Record. A couple of weeks old, I know, but I only just found out about it and couldn’t resist including this great post.
Louise calls Tony Blair’s failure to phone Alex Salmond an “unforgivable discourtesy”.
Can somebody tell me fit wye they wid hay a hale wikipedia site on Scots an in Scots weeoot ony mention o Doric?? There’s even a post on Aiberdeen weeoot onythin on Doric. Bit they gang an and an aboot Scots Lied and Lawlands Scots. I’m likely aboot tay offend some peer crater but … fa spicks Lawlands ony mair? It smacks o central beltism
That’s it for now! Thanks for reading. I’m not sure whether I will be doing next week’s roundup. I might drag someone else in to do it. Whatever, please send your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!