Hello there! I am back from a three week break from Scottish Roundup. Not fully refreshed unfortunately, but you can’t win them all. Surprisingly, for the silly season, there have been a fair few talking points this week.
Starting off with the debate on Scottish broadcasting which has been kickstarted by Alex Salmond this week. Stewart McDonald is one blogger who says a Scottish Six is needed.
However, Richard Havers is sceptical of the idea that moving control over broadcasting to Holyrood would be good news. Holyrood Watcher is not bothered, but doubts that BBC Scotland would succeed in producing a Scottish Six.
Meanwhile, Councillor Andrew Burns would prefer a Scottish Ten to a Scottish Six.
Then there is the opinion poll that showed levels of support for the SNP at 48%. Reluctant Hero was among those celebrating, as the Our Scotland blog took the opportunity to look at the political landscape as a whole.
But Adam Smith was a Socialist suggests that it was a voodoo poll. Carried out by Progressive Scottish Opinion, an organisation which is not a member of the British Polling Council, apparently under a shaky methodology. Will Patterson also points out that it would be silly to draw many conclusions from the opinion poll’s findings.
Mr Eugenides has dissected a piece by Neil Clark at Comment is free about the campaign to give Iraqi interpreters who have worked with British forces asylum.
Elsewhere on Comment is free, Roy Hattersley has been courting a bit of controversy by criticising John Stuart Mill of all people. Shuggy takes Roy Hattersley to task. Meanwhile CuriousHamster considers the viewpoint with some inflatable fun time. (Get your mind out the gutter!)
Flying Rodent says something that has been required for a long time: Britain, nobody is persecuting you.
Over at SNP Tactical Voting, Jeff speaks in favour of immigration and takes a look at a few of the bizarre questions that make up the Citizenship Test.
Meanwhile, Jamie Hepburn MSP makes his return to blogging to compare the SNP’s policy on refugees to Labour’s.
Richard Thomson is starting to look at where it might go wrong for the SNP, also taking into consideration what Labour’s next moves could be.
Richard Leyton takes a look at “the new geopolitics”, focusing in particular on Russia and their attempts to plant a flag beneath the North Pole.
Robert Sharp takes a look at the powers his brother has as a Police Constable.
Sarah at Whoopdedoo has had trouble finding out what can and cannot be recycled in Edinburgh. But with a little digging, she has managed to get much more information.
Bill Cameron comments on somebody who was caught driving at 115mph — and let off by the judge.
I wonder if Stornoway has similar problems? John Kirriemuir takes a look at a rare flaunting of wealth in the Western Isles.
Niall at The Mushkush Miscellany has some statistics about children who run away, some of which may surprise you.
Kevin Williamson had a bit of a scary aeroplane journey. I have still never set foot on an aeroplane, and this post has not done much to encourage me!
And that’s it for this week! Not bad for silly season, I reckon. Next week, if all goes to plan, it will be Will P’s turn once again. Don’t forget to get those suggestions in via the form on the right or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.