Foulkes off and Home Office madness

Hello there! I am back after a busy couple of weeks for me. As such, I must apologise for the slightly lazy nature of this week’s roundup.

Will Patterson has taken a look at two people who are on the way out in different ways — Mohammad Sarwar and George Foulkes. There is more on Baron Foulkes from Davie Hutchison.

Seemingly, the Home Office will be conducting DNA tests to determine where illegal immigrants should be deported to. Angus Nicolson is not too impressed:

Given that a DNA test will identify only ones’ parental origins, and not ones’ most recent residence, the scientific ignorance is startling.

Elsewhere in Home Office madness news, Liam Byrne has claimed that ID cards will one day become “a great British institution”. Shuggy takes exception.

How about the idea that the Conservatives will back an independence referendum? Mr Eugenides posted his extensive thoughts on the issue.

Holyrood Watcher has received a letter, apparently written to the Presiding Officer by someone who was invited to sit on the forthcoming panel to review MSPs’ expenses. More on that panel comes from David Farrer.

Richard Thomson tackles a staple argument used in debates about public spending in Scotland. Scotland isn’t really the land of milk and honey, is it?

Jeff at SNP Tactical Voting is ambivalent about the Edinburgh trams project, but he has concluded that the SNP have to back it.

There is much more being written about trams on this blog, which is strongly in favour of the project.

Grant Thoms has assessed why the Cameron effect hasn’t taken hold in Scotland.

Bookdrunk has shone a light on (he of Christian Voice) Stephen Green’s “uniquely fucked-up view of the HPV vaccine”.

Why not have a good old point-and-laugh at bureaucracy? I’m sure it’s good for you, after all (laughing, that is; not bureaucracy). Reactionary Snob provides the material.

“Paradoxically”, Bill Cameron admired Bernard Manning — but more because his humour was “refreshingly honest” than anything else.

Meanwhile, Billy the Kidd has been pondering on the freedom of speech that comedians should have. He also gives his two cents on the knighthood of Salman Rushdie.

Over at Red Squirrel’s Lair, the SNP’s decision to abolish the graduate endowment is being celebrated. But there is a but.

While we should welcome the SNP move to drop the ‘graduate tax’, as it has come to be known by some – we should be a little bit more concerned about the quiet dropping of the nationalist’s more radical policies on student finance.

Demea at The Select Society wants help understanding Grammar schools.

Bishop Hill has discovered a handy way of getting council officials to leave your house — just light up.

Finally, many of you might be interested that Matt Wardman has launched a Scottish political blogs aggregator. This basically means that you can read loads of blogs on the one website. (Not mine though. Pah! ;))

Anyway, you can find it at politics-scotland.co.uk.

That is it for this week’s roundup. Next week’s will be edited by Richard Havers.

Thanks to everyone who sent in nominations this week. Don’t forget there is the form on the right which you can always use, or you can just email us at scottishroundup@gmail.com.

3 comments

  1. >Finally, many of you might be interested that Matt Wardman has launched a Scottish political blogs aggregator. This basically means that you can read loads of blogs on the one website. (Not mine though. Pah! ;))

    Ooops . At the time the previous 10 postings had 5 about Lewis Hamilton, 3 about Big Brother and 1 about Music. Much as I love the Dr vee blog, politics that ain’t!

    I haven’t decided how pure the “politics” content must be.

    However, having dug around, if you can arrange for your politics category feed not to have Lewis Hamilton articles in it, I’ll add that with pleasure.

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