It’s the Stupid Economy

Hi folks… the Roundup is arriving just in time this week, on account of my swanning about in Perth. But more on that later…

The economy dominated the blogosphere this week, especially as Gordon Brown took time out from solving the world’s woes to have a pop at Scottish independence. Shuggy reckons that he has a point, but the SNP did take all of this rather badly and opted to fight back. SNP-leaning blogs had their say: Justified Spinner, McChatterer and Chris Stephens are all unimpressed with Labour’s reaction to the crisis. Jeff, meanwhile, looks at two other Unionist commentators and compares their style. Ideas of Civilisation looks at the impact the current situation will have on the independence debate. Duncan, interestingly, asks if the financial situation ought to be the be-all-and-end-all of the constitutional question.

Yousuf notes that the Tories have also gone on the attack, but compares the SNP and Conservatives’ approach, and finds the Tories’ response to events wanting. In a second post, he looks at Labour’s economic record, arguing that things aren’t as bad as they could be, or indeed are for other nations. But boxthejack points to a warning from that oracle of all things financial Vince Cable, issued all the way back in 2003.

On a wider note, Big Rab and Otan2 express a degree of frustration and bemusement at matters, while Shuggy outlines how things could be done.

Of course, all of this is overshadowing the Glenrothes By-Election: Stephen Glenn isn’t impressed with Alex Salmond challenging Gordon Brown to a debate in the constituency, while Cabalamat reckons that Labour will pull this one out of the bag.

And speaking of By-Elections, there’s yet another one due in Baillieston. Glasgow Labour Councillor and SNP Councillor David McDonald, one of the serving representatives for the ward, cross swords.

Elsewhere, SNP members gathered in Perth for the National Conference, where the main talking point was a debate on the Government’s plan to tackle alcohol abuse, with the SNP youth movement, Young Scots for Independence, questioning plans to raise the age limit for off-sales to 21. Julie Hepburn gives her thoughts before and after the debate, which saw Conference support Ministers following a close vote. The result prompted Caron to suggest that a change in the off-sales age limit should make YSI members want to ditch independence en masse. Seeing as I’ve spent a fair part of the weekend in the company of the YSI, I can say quite confidently that Caron may be a little disappointed.

Meanwhile, LibDem bloggers jumped at a chance to interview Tavish Scott. Caron andBernard Salmon post their views, while Stephen Glenn subcontracts his reporting of the tête-à– tête to Lionel de Livi. Reading their accounts, Jeff detects a theme.

Cabalamat reacts to Government plans to eavesdrop on phone calls, texts and emails. James isn’t happy with Geoff Hoon’s arguments against civil liberties, while Tom Harris asks if politicians are setting the bar a little too high for themselves, and in effect inviting public disappointment in them. Angry Steve is certainly disappointed in his local Edinburgh Councillors. And Surreptious Evil doesn’t view SNP MSP Christine Grahame in the most positive of lights.

Let’s hop across the Pond now: <a href= Patter followed the last debate between Barack Obama and John McCain, while Malc in the Burgh has two posts asking if the contest is as over as people are starting to claim. Yes, says Bernard Salmon. Meanwhile, Jack Deighton wonders why McCain’s middle name doesn’t get anywhere near as much attention as Obama’s.

But one election across the Atlantic has already taken place: in Canada, Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party has won the General Election held this week, increasing the number of seats but still not able to form a majority government. Malc notes the results, while Alex Massie notes that few people paid all that much attention.

Oh, and on this side of the Atlantic, Jersey voted too, with the voting age limit being lowered to 16. David McDonald flags this up.

Richard Havers discusses why Donald Trump’s golf project in Aberdeenshire is now an even worse idea than he thought it was before.

Tom Harris asked his first Parliamentary Question since that rather unkind reshuffle.

Louise finds gloating about Gordon Brown’s apparently increasing visibility problems utterly distasteful.

Richard Havers isn’t overly impressed with the MSM’s reporting of road safety standards.

In the world of navel-gazing, Ideas of Civilisation and Adopted Domain reflect on pseudonymous posting.

Jeff invites certain death upon himself by suggesting that it’s not necessarily a bad thing to support England.

Matt Wardman sounds the alarm for the future of the humble haggis.

And Flying Rodent looks at why people still support Fascism.

Finally, Cabalamat asks if it’s a crime to take a photo of a drunk.

So on that slightly odd note, I have to pack my case and head for home. Duncan’s here next week, and you can send him your posts using the shoobadibadoowop on the right or by e-mailing Bye-de-bye!


  1. Why tease me? I blog (at and am content to not have a mention for months. IOC puts me on last week, and despite manning the fort with you for a weekend. I am neglected again!:(