Hi folks! As I draft this, yet another bank is going under, but as this is becoming a regular occurrence people aren’t paying quite as much attention.
However, the reason people aren’t scrutinising the demise of Bradford & Bingley (I’m worried â€“ I have Â£3.16 in a savings account with them) is that all eyes are still on HBOS. Jeff thinks that the SNP’s reaction wasn’t quite as sure-footed as he’d expected. Kez attacks the SNP for launching a petition calling for HBOS jobs to be protected, while David Farrer is slightly disturbed by the possibility that most if not all of our politicians seem to be clueless about how all of this managed to happen.
Political Dissuasion is exasperated by the media’s coverage of events.
But who’s that, flying in to save the Bank of Scotland? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Alex Neil MSP. But sadly, he cannot count on support from either (a href=http://linlithgow-libdems.blogspot.com/2008/09/alex-neil-and-bos-kirk.html>Stephen Glenn or Bernard Salmon.
Adopted Domain has this post on how current economic policies have failed, and looks at the English & Welsh Greens’ plans to make changes.
Andrew Burns notes that the Irish economy has gone into recession, and notes the Scottish Government’s silence on the matter.
With a trans-Atlantic take on things, Zetta Brown explains the financial situation over here for the benefit of readers over there, and explains the situation over there for the benefit of readers over here. Well worth a read.
Oh, and Gordon Brown tried and failed to meet US Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson this week. Richard Thomson raises an eyebrow at the snub.
But events in Manchester were blown of course somewhat by Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly’s post-dated resignation announcement. Transport Minister Tom Harris MP pays tribute to his boss, but Political Dissuasion is glad to see the back of her. Meanwhile, Bernard Salmon notes her decision to quit to spend more time with her family, as Nicol Stephen did, and wonders if the overly centralised nature of UK politics is to blame. Interestingly, both of them also have surnames that can also be forenames. Co-incidence? You decide…
Anyway, while I go and don a tin-foil hat having uncovered a new conspiracy, why not read this post by Malc in the Burgh, translating Iain Gray’s speech at Conference?
While we’re on the subject of the Gray Man, Holyrood Watcher has raised a question about the Leader of the Scottish Opposition’s accent, while Mono has noticed that not everyone on the Labour benches was enthralled and enthused by Gray’s performance at FMQs. The question is, who is the Mystery Bored Woman?
But Iain Gray isn’t the only Leader failing to set the heather alight: Iain Dale (the Scottish LibDem one) notes that there’s criticism of Tavish Scott’s leadership style already, while Duncan isn’t too impressed by the LibDem’s attempt to contact voters with a recorded phone poll.
IndyGal tells the tale of the night she found herself face-to-face with BNP activists at the Baillieston By-Election.
And speaking of By-Elections, there’s the small matter of the upcoming poll in Glenrothes. Caron wonders if Labour have given up already, while ASWaS has taken a look at an opinion poll putting Labour and the SNP level, concluding that the Labour figure has been overstated. David McDonald saw the debate between Labour candidate Lindsay Roy and SNP challenger Peter Grant, and found Roy wanting. Calum Cashley saw it too, and reckons that Labour need to dump Roy and replace her with his pin-up of choice, Helen Eadie. Stephen Glenn saw it and was horrified by STV’s failure to invite the LibDem candidate.
Moving on to an Election that will have a slightly greater impact on the course of human events, James takes a look at an image slating Republican candidate John McCain for his many houses, many cars and private jet, but wonders if actually, that might make him more attractive to the aspirational American voter. Andrew Burns reflects on the first Presidential Debate between McCain and his Democratic rival Barack Obama, while Duncan casts a weary eye over use of the term â€œun-Americanâ€.
Back on this side of the Pond, Louise is not impressed by concerted plans by a number of Universities to give a leg-up to students from poorer backgrounds, while the Catholic Church gets pelters from Last Year’s Girl and Caron after a Catholic school in Manchester decided not to let its girls receive the HPV vaccine.
Julie McAnulty provides us with a pictorial post which goes some way to explaining why alcohol consumption is quite so high.
James is sick of politicians criticising local post office closures but not backing a proposal to prevent them.
Elsewhere, Kez has launched her Give Them a Roasting campaign, looking into business practices at Edinburgh’s many, many coffee houses. There seems to be widespread support, but Fred Barboo doesn’t seem willing to join the consensus just yet.
Meanwhile, this post by Kez last week accusing Alan Duncan of trying to mislead the Question Time audience has been met by a post from Calum Cashley, suggesting that Harriet Harman wasn’t being entirely straight with people either.
And on planet MSM, Richard Havers reflects on the proposed cuts to ITV’s commitment to regional programming, and suggests that it’s a consequence of ITV’s reduced revenues.
Neil Craig takes a look at China’s latest advance in the space race.
Mr. Eugenides has taken a dislike to Marianne Mikko MEP, and ehr proposals to regulate the blogosphere.
Finally, Mike Smith asks key figures an important question, and if you’re not laughing by the end of the post then you’re one of the subjects.
That’s all for this week… Duncan’s in the hotseat next week and you can send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org or by using the shoobedoobedoowop on the right. Bye-de-bye!