Leaders dropping like flies

Hi all. Sorry the roundup is a bit late this week, but there was a schedule clash with the best news story Formula 1 has had for a long time. Priorities and all that, you know? Now, on to the much less important matter of politics.

The big news is the election of the new Scottish Labour leader who is Iain Gray. Reaction seems to be mixed.

IndyGal said that Gray was the person she would have voted for, as an SNP member. Of course, many SNP members did have votes in the contest. Mono didn’t, but that didn’t stop him from voting.

Will P is concerned that he is too close to Downing Street which, in the current climate, could be disastrous. But Political Dissuasion points out that the other candidates represented the Labour ‘old guard’: tried and untrusted.

Jeff had a few criticisms of Iain Gray’s acceptance speech.

But perhaps it is just as well Cathy Jamieson wasn’t chosen in the end. Caron was critical of Jamieson’s decision to use FMQs to ask not about economic woes or policies, but about Jahangir Hanif. Richard Thomson was also shocked by Cathy Jamieson’s choice of subject.

Meanwhile, Scottish Tory Boy (who didn’t take long to U-turn on his promise to abandon blogging) thinks that John Mason was wrong to “play the race card” when he rejected attacks on Cllr Hanif.

Labour leadership news isn’t quite so rosy in Westminster. Richard Havers considers the implications of Labour MPs calling for a leadership contest. Alex Massie reckons that Gordon Brown might, just might, resign if Labour loses in the upcoming Glenrothes by-election.

Anastasia Beaumont-Bott has come across a way to make you feel better instantly. Why not give it a shot?

It has also been revealed that leader of the Scottish Greens, Robin Harper, will not stand as co-convener when the time comes again. James at Two Doctors looks back on his time leading the Greens.

But with all of these leaders standing down over the summer, Jeff is worried about Annabel Goldie.

Labour MP Tom Harris wishes for a return to a two-party system. Not a very popular viewpoint these days I think. Malc in the Burgh took him to task.

Amid the ongoing debate about citizen engagement in politics, Ideas of Civilisation wonders if it is really a politician’s duty to go out and get in contact with voters. Stephen Glenn outlines why he thinks it is.

John Connell attacks the idea that creationism should be taught in science classes.

The Large Hadron Collider was started up this week. Rhythmaning enjoyed some of the media coverage. Neil Craig wasn’t so happy about the media’s coverage. Neither was Silversprite.

Meanwhile, Robert Sharp thinks it might be worth the risk of a black hole being created — if only to unite the whole of humanity in that last moment before the world gets sucked in.

With the collapse of XL Leisure Group having come so soon after Zoom went out of business, Holyrood Watcher wonders which airline will go next. The bookies have drawn up the odds. The current jitters in the industry have put Mike Smith off taking advantage of cheap flights.

Richard Havers points out the ridiculousness of adults unaccompanied by children being interrogated in Telford Town Park, as does Caron.

Elsewhere in civil liberties watch, Adopted Domain outlines why he thinks the SNP’s alcohol proposals will disproportionately hurt responsible drinkers.

Mike Smith is not pleased with Noel Edmonds who has decided to stop paying his TV License in protest at the current Orwellian advertising campaign. Even though Edmonds is right about the adverts, Mike Smith is right to point out that for years the BBC poured cash down a drain funding his career. LazyChicken makes the same point.

Meanwhile, Mr Eugenides has an interesting piece about all the gossip about politicians’ private lives that floats around.

SNP Watch has his say on how he thinks any independence referendum question should be worded. Meanwhile, Scottish Unionist considers the wording of opinion poll questions to determine the level of support for independence.

Clairwil shares some thoughts on date rape.

The US Presidential election has reached new heights of lunacy with Barack Obama being accused of sexism for using a very common phrase. Stephen Glenn takes a look, though it seems Malc in the comments doesn’t agree with him. Flying Rodent is here to show you a real sexist comment.

Meanwhile, amid concerns about Sarah Palin’s stances on foreign policy, Alex Massie points out that her ideas are much the same as Barack Obama’s.

North Britain has noted that Gordon Brown has invited Margaret Thatcher round to meet him again.

Angus Nicolson looks at tax and agrees with the TUC that the rich should be taxed at a higher rate. But Political Dissuasion would rather see a flat tax introduced.

Cybernat wonders, if Britain’s economy is as well-placed to face the effects of the credit crunch as Alistair Darling and Gordon Brown claim, why does the OECD think that the UK will be one of the few economies to go into recession?

Billy the Kidd wants to know why the Evening Express only allows comments on some of its articles — and makes a point about the disappearance of PIFs at the same time.

Mr H wonders: what can be historic about an advertising campaign?

Finally, some sad news to report. Edinburgh Labour councillor and blogger Elizabeth Maginnis died unexpepctedly last week. Andrew Burns and Ewan Aitken lead the tributes.

That’s all for this week. Cabalamat will be doing next week’s roundup. Send your suggestions in either by using the form on the right or by emailing scottishroundup@gmail.com. Thanks.


  1. Can’t fault you at all for watching the race – wasn’t it brilliant? Nice to see Vettel fulfilling his potential and, if I’m being mean, taking the spotlight of Hamilton as the new, young talent.

  2. Absolutely Caron. I don’t think I’ve ever been happier for someone to win a race. A true giant killing without a hint of a fluke about it.

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