Hi folks! It’s been an ugly, ugly week for Scottish bloggers, with Rangers falling at the last hurdle of the UEFA Cup, their supporters trashing Manchester (which, to be fair, isn’t hard) and Scottish Labour’s policy over an independence referendum being as sure to work as a giant TV screen in Piccadilly Gardens. Yup, it’s one of those weeks.
So to start off, Dunfermline fan Councillor Ewan Aitken congratulates Rangers for getting as far as they did.
However, the good Councillor is very much in a minority: Gus at 1820 condemns the Rangers fans following their behaviour in Manchester City Centre and questions the Scottish-ness of the club. Shuggy, meanwhile, decides to do something that no one else has done so far: apologise to Manchester for what happened on Wednesday night, while Flying Rodent presents your own guide to the trouble-makers.
But it’s not just the fans who are coming under pressure: politicians are facing scrutiny for their reactions. Ewan Watt slates Scottish Tory Deputy Leader and Rangers fan Murdo Fraser for claiming that Greater Manchester Police over-reacted, while David Farrer is perplexed that Prime Minister, Raith Rovers fan and England supporter Gordon Brown is angry because it might scupper England’s plans to host the 2018 World Cup.
On the other hand, Manchester comes under fire as well. Big Rab reckons that the authorities in the area were simply unprepared for the wave of Rangers fans while Jamie K is dismayed by Manchester City Council’s performance. And he’s backed up by Alastair, who has photographic evidence that attention to detail isn’t the Council’s strong point.
Meanwhile, regular football-based hostilities were put on hold this week, following the tragic death of Celtic icon Tommy Burns: Big Rab leads the tributes., to a man who not only ate, drank and breathed Celtic, but also played his part in the national team’s setup, from the low point of the Berti Vogts era to the high point of the wins against France.
Anyway. While sport was dominating the front pages as well as the back, Labour were undergoing a rather painful series of twists and turns on their brief support for an independence referendum. Alastair sums up Scottish Labour’s position(s). Ewan Watt notes that Gordon Brown has justified other moves by citing their popularity with the public, but won’t agree to a referendum on independence or a vote on the Lisbon Treaty, both of which are seen as popular ideas according to opinion polls. Chris Stephens compares the saga to a bad episode of the Jerry Springer Show, while Tartan Hero sees it more like a surreal version of Call My Bluff. Calum Cashley has found a picture which he think sums up the Labour position, and also asks, â€œWhat Would Helen Eadie Do?â€, while at Two Doctors, James reckons he’s found Wendy Alexander’s successor.
But at least Scottish Labour are only being criticised for one thing: Labour at Westminster are suffering right now. Bernard Salmon suggests that Alistair Darling’s attempts to put an end to the 10p tax rate debacle are less about helping the poor or even fending off a backbench rebellion than they are about the Crewe & Nantwich By-Election this Thursday. And Mr. Eugenides thinks that the Government’s decision to raise the personal allowance as a short-term panic measure but keep the complex tax credit system in place for the long term shows that the Government’s priorities are skewed.
Meanwhile, Stephen Glenn rips into Labour for their policy on ID cards, as trumpeted during the By-Election campaign. Mr. Eugenides attacks Brown for meeting the Dalai Lama at Lambeth Palace rather than at Downing Street. Richard Havers reacts to Gordon Brown’s speech to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland by comparing him to a Victorian vicar who studies palaeontology while his parishioners suffer. And finally, Scottish Futures carries this article by Gerry Hassan on how Labour don’t seem to be coping with devolution or the SNP.
However, eggs are also being thrown at the SNP as well as at Labour: following Alex Salmond’s speech to Holyrood trailing the Scottish Government’s priorities for the year ahead. Andrew Burns is baffled that there could be more Scotland-only legislation at Westminster than at Holyrood, while Kezia Dugdale is put out that the Government appears to have nicked a Labour policy without mentioning where it came from.
Still, the good news is that somewhere in the world, someone was saying something nice about someone else. The someone was John Edwards, and the someone else is Barack Obama, who has now received his former rival’s endorsement for the Democratic nomination, as Iain reports.
And staying with the USA, Bill Cameron cheers the decision by California’s State Supreme Court to overturn the state’s ban on gay marriage.
Anyway, moving on, it wouldn’t be a Roundup if we didn’t discuss the MSM. Clairwil posts in support of the woman who has made versions of the Adipose (the cute little Doctor Who creatures that inspire maternal feelings in the least likely of people), only to come up against the wrath of the BBC’s lawyers. Holyrood Watcher is relieved to discover that he is not the only viewer of BBC Parliament (I’m also relieved that I’m not alone!). And while Kezia Dugdale enjoys George Kerevan’s columns in the Scotsman, she notes that they never seem to mention the fact that he’s the SNP’s Prospective Westminster Candidate in Edinburgh East.
Finally, some sad news: Reactionary Snob has decided to hang up his keyboard. However, the good news is that he’s left open a return to bloggery at some point in the future. Here’s hoping it’s sooner, rather than later.
And on that note, it’s time to end this Roundup â€“ but it will be back next week when Duncan will be making a welcome return to the chair. As always you can leave suggestions for him using the doodahshabubu on the right, or by dropping us a cod at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bye-de-bye!