Hello! Roundup time again.
It looks like the biggest story of the week was the Commonwealth Games. This sort of thing normally bores me to sleep. Mind you, this time round we have at least had the entertainment of seeing nationalist types who were strongly opposed to London 2012 but have the bunting out for Glasgow 2014. Just more proof that Scotland is every bit as Glasgow-centric as the UK is London-centric. Elizabeth Maginnis says Glasgow already gets plenty of extra money — what about Granton?
Mr Eugenides made a good point when Peter Tatchell criticised the possibility of the Commonwealth Games being held in Nigeria.
To shoehorn in some balance here (because the reaction from the blogosphere was actually mainly positive), Will P noted that it was an example of “new politics” at its best.
Speaking of TV, Michael Greenwell shares his thoughts on the idiot-box. He’s not too happy about the trivialisation of some weighty concepts.
Andrew Burns is in favour of Labour’s proposal to raise the school leaving age in England to 18. He notes,
when it’s considered in an historic context, it really is nothing that extraordinary. I have to agree — why expect the trend of ever-greater government interference to end? Before we know it, we’ll all be in school until we’re 21, then 30, then…
Kevin Williamson wonders where the cause for independence would be were it not for Alex Salmond, noting that it seems rather over-dependent on one person. If I was feeling cheeky, I would say it was a neat analogy for how an independent Scotland would be over-dependent on North Sea oil. Whoops, I just did!
Speaking of which, cast your mind back to last week, when we were fresh from the revelation that Labour now believe that an independent Scotland could survive well enough. Stephen Glenn is pretty scathing about the Labour stance:
You only have to look at the stances they have taken or failed to take more accurately in the last 15 years to see this shift from being a party with ideology to being a party with your and your and your ideology.
Mind you, this ideology business is often more trouble than you’d think. What if your ideology is to hate all foreigners, but you have to form a coalition with foreigners in order to get funding from the EU? The Identity, Tradition and Sovereignty group have fallen out among themselves this week. Alessandra Mussolini made some disparaging remarks about Romanians, prompting five Romanian members to threaten to leave the group.
Angus Nicholson does the pointing and laughing thing. Meanwhile, as ever, Mr Eugenides comes up with the best line:
It must come as a shock to these delightful people to learn that, as far as their quasi-fascist mates are concerned, they all look the same anyway.
The Conservatives are in their own disarray. If you are thinking of saying that Powell was right, Love and Garbage has a cut-out-and-keep guide to help you explain yourself.
With a slightly more serious point on the issue, Robert Sharp notices the
double slieght-of-pen that was employed by Nigel Hastilow. (Never mind the “many insists” that were in Hastilow’s article. The interviews he did afterwards conveyed to me pretty much that Hastilow actually does believe that Enoch Powell was right.)
While some Tories are saying Powell was right, others are saying that Mundell is wrong — or at least to blame, seemingly for everything. Scottish Tory Boy defends the Conservatives’ sole Scottish MP.
President Musharraf of Pakistan is a wily guy. He’s obviously been studying the behaviour of leaders of the western world. As Mushkush points out, seemingly you can use the threat of terrorism to let you do whatever you want.
Indygal wonders if the legal system’s priorities are straight. Filming inside court gets you arrested, but filming a physical attack gets ignored by the police.
Mind you, what can you expect from the police? Clairwil wants to know what it will take for Ian Blair to resign. This post contains the funniest line I’ve read all week, so thanks Clairwil!
Neil Craig points out the ridiculous nature of claims that canals are more energy-efficient than road transport.
Bookdrunk attempts to debunk some myths about proposed hate crimes legislation.
Pat Kane has been asked by the Scottish Left Review to come up with a new slogan to replace “The best small country in the world”. Any ideas?
Anastasia Beaumont-Bott was astonished to learn that she has something in common with Karl Marx.
Stewart McDonald casts his eye over the constitutional mess. A favourite topic among bloggers!
And that’s all for this week! Thanks for all the nominations this week. As always, we are always looking for more. So please email us at email@example.com, or drop a note in the form on the right. I don’t know who is doing next week’s roundup yet, but it will be someone new. Exciting!