Things heat up in Glasgow East

Hello, and welcome to this week’s roundup. The last roundup ended on a cliffhanger. We can now say that the Labour candidate for the Glasgow East by-election is… [Big Brother-style pause] …Margaret Curran.

For Boxthejack it’s the most sensible decision Labour have made in a while — just a shame they made a hash of it.

The best MSM coverage of the Glasgow East by-election has undoubtedly been from The Spectator‘s Coffee House blog. Fraser Nelson’s piece on the ‘Two Scotlands’ is an essential read. Meanwhile, Clairwil looks more in-depth at the case of one person in poverty.

David Osler looks at the implications for the Labour Party if it loses Glasgow East. Could Labour really be at risk of losing in Glasgow East? According to The First Post, a senior minister is bracing himself for defeat.

Meanwhile back in the campaign itself, North Britain has caught Margaret Curran telling porky pies about where she lives. And now that Margaret Curran will potentially have a “dual mandate”, Richard Thomson wonders where Labour’s calls for Alex Salmond to resign as an MP have gone.

But maybe a dual mandate is the least of Margaret Curran’s worries. Anseo wonders if her selection was even legitimate under Labour Party rules.

Clairwil takes a closer look at the real reasons behind Labour’s trouble in finding a candidate. She is not too fussed about the dual mandate debate:

I must say I’m at a loss as to why anyone is concerned about how she’ll handle being an MP and an MSP at the same time. Doing bugger all for her constituents in two jobs can’t be any harder than doing it one.

Grant Thoms wonders how Margaret Curran is going to defend her voting record.

Will Patterson has taken a look at that old Labour trick of scaring the voters off with threats of Tories.

There was also some amusement when we realised that Margaret Curran would be up against the SSP’s Frances Curran. Political Dissuasion is sure that Labour will use the resulting confusion as an excuse if they get a poor result.

It’s not just the Labour candidate who’s found herself in bother though. Mr Eugenides points out a nasty moment from SNP candidate John Mason’s recent past, as did Kezia Dugdale.

Meanwhile, amid debates as to whether Labour will hold on to Glasgow East, Shuggy made a very good point. The fact that Labour defeat in Glasgow East is even contemplated is the significant thing about this by-election.

Jeff Breslin similarly argued that the SNP shouldn’t be talking up their chances of a win when a vastly reduced Labour majority would be victory enough.

The real shock of the by-election though is of course, as Mr Smith points out, the fact that the Miss Great Britain Party isn’t standing.

After all the argy-bargy of the campaign, time for a spot of light relief. Indygal tells the story of the SNP canvasser who almost thought he had been invited to bed by a voter!

Meanwhile, Holyrood Watcher confesses that he isn’t all that interested in the upcoming by-election!

It’s fair to say, though, that it has got a lot of people enthused. Another by-election hasn’t caught the imagination quite like Glasgow East has though. Cassilis assesses what David Davis has and hasn’t achieved.

Scott at Love and Garbage writes about the shortest-lived leadership bid in history. Not Margaret Curran, but Harriet Harman.

Elsewhere, Tom Harris is critical of the media which seems to be talking the country into a recession. When you consider the proper definition of recession (i.e. two consecutive quarters of negative growth), you realise we are a bit off it yet.

Richard Havers is not impressed with Ruth Kelly’s justification for delaying the decision on the proposed new Heathrow runway.

Elsewhere in political correctness land, Big Rab looks at a stooshie in a teacup. Are Muslims really so offended by a dog?

Bill Cameron looks at how the Labour Government treats asylum seekers from dangerous countries. One gay man was forced to move back to Syria and told that he would be okay as long as he behaved “discreetly”. That’s all right then!

This week Gordon Brown has been trying to persuade people not to waste so much food. But Louise Hector points out that it’s not so simple if you’re not the Prime Minister.

Alwyn ap Huw wonders why the Holtham Commission on how the Welsh Assembly Government gets its funding is set to run in parallel with the Calman Commission.

Meanwhile, Ideas of Civilisation wonders if a Wales-style Labour–nationalist coalition is all that unlikely in Scotland. Indygal reminds us that while party members of Labour and the SNP may have a lot of hard feelings between them, voters do not.

Another unlikely coalition has just been formed on Highland Council. But Bernard Salmon wonders if the Lib Dems and Labour were so smart to team up with the independents. Weren’t the independents the main problem in previous coalition with the SNP?

Let us not forget the Lib Dem leadership contest. Scottish Tory Boy wonders if Jeremy Purvis has something against Mike Rumbles.

Elizabeth Maginnis looks at how spending a penny can end up costing a pub a lot.

Michael Greenwell recalls an injury he sustained while working at a supermarket and how he was treated by his employer.

Colin Campbell is fed up with nationalistic sports coverage.

Fred Barboo ponders on phone etiquette. Who’s ruder — the person who doesn’t answer the phone, or the person who demands that you answer the phone? As a phone-phobe myself, I know which side of the fence I come down on!

Richard Havers looks at a CCTV camera installed at a jetty in Skye due to some petty arguments that have taken place there.

Holyrood Watcher takes a deep breath and investigates the MSM blogs. He isn’t too impressed with all of them.

And that’s it for this week! Hmm. All the political action meant that not very much non-political stuff got a look in. I hope that doesn’t disappoint the good people in this thread too much! 🙂 If you have any nominations — whether it’s political or not — please send them using the form on the right or by emailing

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