Hello and welcome to this week’s roundup.
Following on from the death of Baby P, West World asks how many more such deaths will be accepted before there is a rethink in how the system works.
But Cabalamat points out that no professional can expect to be right all of the time, especially when a job is so difficult as a social worker’s. And boxthejack warns against knee-jerk legislation being introduced.
Tom Harris points out that social workers are often accused of “playing God” when they remove a child from its parents — they’re damned if they do and damned if they don’t. Ideas of Civilisation adds his thoughts.
Julie McAnulty reminds us that it is not social workers that harm children — it’s often the parents.
Recent stories about how newspapers are performing has caused concern among some. Douglas Fraser, in his new blog for the BBC, casts his eye over the figures, noting that the Financial Times is the only newspaper to increase its sales recently.
Yousuf is surprised that newspapers are still surviving anyway, particularly with the might of Google’s Adwords system taking advertisers away from newspapers. Meanwhile, Alex Massie predicts that at least one major British or American newspaper will cease publication within 18 months.
But despite the importance of charitable giving, there is a bit of cynicism about this week’s Children in Need bash. Big Rab thinks that it’s a nauseating celebrity backslapping event. Meanwhile, Tom Harris opted to read a book instead.
Fitaloon has found himself in the unusual position of agreeing with Polly Toynbee, who lays into Paul Dacre and his friendship with Gordon Brown.
Bank bother continues apace. Jeff looks at the decision by RBS to cut 3,000 jobs. Meanwhile, Stephen Glenn notes the retraction of the Bank of China’s offer to buy HBOS. And David Farrer wonders if the banks are simply incompetent.
Last week’s elections are still being digested. Malc takes a look at some of the other votes that took place in the USA last week and notes that the American right isn’t dead.
Alex Massie looks at how the USA might be able to adapt PMQs to their system if they want to introduce it.
Bellgrove Belle points out that the Single Transferable Vote system is still flummoxing some of the most experienced users of the system in Baillieston.
Julie Hepburn reflects on the SNP’s performance in Glenrothes.
James Graham lambasts the SNP’s use of Barack Obama’s slogan during the Glenrothes by-election.
Mike Smithson looks at the opinion polls, as he does, and wonders how much of Labour’s resurgence in the polls is down to its support in Scotland.
Scottish Tory Boy has found himself in a spot of bother for referring to the SNP as a regional party. But Malc has sprung to his defence, pointing out that it is technically the correct term to describe a party like the SNP.
Meanwhile, Scottish Unionist has spotted another instance of an SNP politician misrepresenting the actual views of Scots. Pete Wishart claimed that only 3% of Scots see themselves as British, but Scottish Unionist points out that the cited survey actually tells a different, more subtle, story.
Richard Thomson reviews the UK Government’s submission to the Calman Commission.
Amid continuing worries about the future of the Post Office, Tom Harris reckons the only way to truly save the Post Office would be to shut down the internet.
Mr H has this take on the resignation of Willie Gallagher, the boss of Edinburgh’s trams project.
Angry Steve notes that there are now 392 sets of roadworks in Edinburgh, and lambasts the appointment of a “cone tsar”.
Matt has heard that John Loughton was none too pleased with some of his blog coverage.
Speaking of reality television, Mr Eugenides has this splendid rant about Robert Kilroy-Silk who will be appearing on this year’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. It’s great that Mr E is back to regular blogging.
That’s the lot for this week. Don’t forget that this Wednesday it will be time once again for the monthly non-political roundup. We could always do with more of your suggestions for this, so please do get those nominations in by using the form on the right, or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks! Will P will be back in the hot seat for next week’s political blogging roundup.