Tim Ireland and Stewart Kirkpatrick both have a go at the Scottish Sunday Express, which is shocked that the Dunblane survivors, who are now 18, behave like teenagers. Apparently some of them even drink alcohol! And have sex! Says Kirkpatrick:
The â€œstoryâ€ reveals that a couple of Dunblane survivors are 18 now and have been using social networking sites to talk about drink, drugs and sex. This, claims the piece, â€œshamesâ€ the memory of what happened. Says Kirkpatrick:
In essence, these kids are being condemned for being normal teenagers. When they were very, very young they went through a hellish ordeal that the rest of us cannot imagine. One of the kids in the story was shot. These teenagers have performed a miracle in A) still being alive and B) functioning like everyone else. They should be celebrated or, better yet, left alone. This is what we have come to: desperate hacks cyberstalking the victims of tragedy in the hope that they donâ€™t become monks.
Here’s a suggested website to follow: Wardog.
Andrew Reeves writes about the national DNA database, the one that’s supposed to contain the details of criminals, but has a baby on it:
The fact that the DNA of a baby under one year old has been stored on the police national database, is utterly scandalous and Jacqui Smith MP should be ashamed of herself and the Police.
Neil Craig writes about an alleged witch-hunt in the Liberal Democrats: Debra Storr victim of Lib Dem “witch-hunt”.
Aye We Can is exceptionally angry about Steven Purcell’s living wage proposals:
Taking the piss Steven, the piss out of the low paid who don’t work for your cooncil, but will help fund this through higher taxes, higher charges or poorer sevices. The ex-Woolies workers now on the dole. The Argos shop workers, the Scottish Enterprise office cleaners, the pub and club doormen etc etc. They will never get a sniff of of your money, just feel agrieved. Rightly agrieved.
The Grumpy Spindoctor explains why refuses to darn his socksRoseanna Cunningham never became SNP leader:
Scots should darn their socks and consult their grandparents on how to adopt a greener lifestyle, according to Alex Salmond’s new environment minister. Roseanna Cunningham denounced the country’s “buy-everything-chuck-it-away society” and argued it was time to relearn the thrifty habits of previous generations. Miss Cunningham, who has never owned a car, tumble drier or dishwasher, said Scots could reduce their carbon footprint by following the example of their forefathers.
Unfortunately for Roseanna, we don’t live in the past any more. Nor do most people want to.
Willie Rennie MP thinks the Financial Services Compensation Scheme is proving unfair to safe lenders like the Dunfermline Building Society.
Kezia Dugdale takes exception and redrafts Rob Gibson’s motion on inspiring women politicians.
Iain Hepburn wonders if newspaper websites will be the next target for the Performing Rights Society (PRS):
The comedy in all this, of course, is that many of the tracks at the heart of the row have been uploaded by the artists’ labels themselves. Few, if any, of the big record companies don’t have a YouTube channel for promoting artists’ new videos after all. And that seems to have been overlooked amidst all the rammy. It’s not like Google’s actively uploading all these promos themselves. The labels are doing it, and then watching on as YouTube’s parent firm gets stiffed with the bill.
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