This week was the first week of the Scottish Parliamentary recess, so the political bloggers may well have been wondering just what they could squeeze out of the news to fill their pages. They were however feasting on so much coming and goings, mainly goings that if a week is a long time in politics the last seven days could have actually done with building an extension, gazebo and erecting a marquee just to fit it all in.
Just before last weeks roundup of course came the news that Wendy Alexander was to step down as leader of Labour in Scotland. So the blogosphere was rife with speculation Alwyn apÂ Huw speculatesÂ whether Wendy’s resignation was stabbing back at her back-stabbing party. Freedom and WhiskyÂ looked at just what rules were bent,Â as did Big RabÂ who looked at the complexity of legislation that we all have to face. anseoÂ looked at Charlie Gordon’s role in Wendy’s downfall. Richard HaversÂ doubted there was quality of leadership anywhere to hold up to Alex Salmond something that Two DoctorsÂ concurred with while looking at potential runners and riders.
Of course as Will PattersonÂ pointed out later in the weekÂ leadership elections tend to come along like buses, you wait for three years and two come together.Â Yes Liberal Democrat leader Nicol Stephen’s shock resignation followed swiftly behind. Of course the Lib Dem bloggers Bernard Salmon, Iain Dale, and holidaying CaronÂ all paid tribute, A Scandal & a Disgracetook a more mischievous look at things. Of course the contrast for valued reasonsÂ ofÂ this departure was something taken up by BoxologiesÂ and Ideas of CivilisationÂ who wasn’t alone in castigating the Scotsman for making a crisis out of a molehill.Â Â
All thisÂ of course merely led to speculation as to who would take over. Kezia DugdaleÂ shows independence of thought in her selections. Although someone with more personal knowledgeÂ of the potential candidates and the electorate gave a different view.
Of course we also had news that Labour 4th safest seat Glasgow East was going to face a by election. As Holyrood Chronicles points out labour moved the writ quickly to supposedly give them an advantage, Clairwil wondered what spell labour haveÂ cast over Glasgow votersÂ butÂ Â Shuggy however pointed out early on realistic blues for Labour.
That was before all farce broke out. ASWASÂ compared Labour’s missing favoured candidate from theÂ selection meetingÂ to another famous invisible politician, WillÂ called a state of emergency, Tartan HeroÂ warns of meltdown. Even Brain TaylorÂ feels Labour have been left at the grid over British Grand Prix weekend. Scottish Tory BoyÂ claimed a short lived exclusive thatÂ Margaret Curren was toÂ stand, Mark McDonald sees that possibility as sealing a negative campaign.
Elsewhere the unveiling of the statue of Adam Smith in Edinburgh was preceded by a lectureÂ by the Adam Smith Institute which both Neil CraigÂ and JeffÂ relayed unto us. Mr EugenidesÂ commented on the Turkeys at Westminster voting for more sauce, MushkushÂ preferring a different animal analogy.
Has Ken Clarke found the West Lothian Answer? Political DisuasionÂ and Holyrood ChroniclesÂ gave their views. rhythmaningÂ looked at the Scottish Governments consultation into Local Income Tax. While Adopter Doma.inÂ looks at the effects of high oil prices andÂ Bill Camerontells of the police state taking action against ID Card protesters.
In sport Tom HarrisÂ poses a follow up to Nicola Sturgeon following one of her answers on BBC’s Question Time.
As summer has arrived allegedly Better Oot than Inshows the wonders of the Athens of the North. After theÂ Glasto bust up of Amy Winhouse Jeff ZycinskiÂ reflects on her quieter times in Aberdeen and Caledonian Comment is tickled pinkÂ at Boris Johnson’s Pride.
And finally some introspection as Robert SharpÂ reflects on whether bloggers are campaigners of pseudo journalists.
That’s all folks for this week. Wonder what the next seven days hold. Donâ€™t forget to send your suggestions, either by using the nomination form on the right there or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.