Shame over Gary McKinnon

Hello, and welcome to this week’s roundup! It is now August, which means it’s silly season and there is not very much going on. So it might be a slightly slimmed-down, summery edition of the Roundup. But you know us bloggers — we always find some reason to reach for the keyboard.

Perhaps the biggest story of the week is the failure of Gary McKinnon to win his appeal against being extradited to the USA. Subrosa was critical of the one-sided nature of the extradition agreement between the USA and the UK.

Jeff calls it Britain’s shame. Andrew Reeves calls it Labour and Britain’s shame. Caron also criticises the Labour government, but notes that the Conservatives offer little in the way of support.

Controversy surrounding David Kerr’s religious views continues. This week Lallands Peat Worrier waded in with his views on religion in politics. Malc said that religion must matter in politics, but shouldn’t be the only factor that voters take into account.

But another controversy over David Kerr emerged this week when it was revealed that BBC bosses were none too pleased with a report he made involving waving guns around in public. Caron thought that Labour’s attempts to capitalise on it were a desperate attack.

This week the Lib Dem Edinburgh West MP John Barrett announced that he will be stepping down at the next General Election. Stephen Glenn reflected on the news, and wondered who would make a suitable replacement candidate for the seat.

Meanwhile, an opinion poll has this week shown a surprising result — Labour leading over the SNP in Scotland. Well, the sample size was just 225, but for what it’s worth here is what Jeff thought.

Yousuf noted that this would translate into 35 seats for Labour, and just 8 for the SNP (behind 9 for the Lib Dems!). This leads him to bring up First Past the Post. No use in talking much about it to Shuggy though — he thinks talk of voting reform is a waste of time.

This week Debbie Purdy won her appeal on assisted suicide, kick-starting the debate on the issue. James at Two Doctors argued that ultimately it must be a choice for the individuals concerned.

Pakistani President Asif Zardari has banned jokes ridiculing him. This prompts Clairwil to wonder if Gordon Brown would consider doing the same thing — until realising that the government has gone beyond ridicule by now.

Both Subrosa and James at Two Doctors mark the last episode of Riddoch Questions, and call on the BBC to rethink.

Don’t be thinking that the SNP are the only nats around — Yousuf has come across a number of other nationalist parties.

Gary lays into energy companies for taking advantage of the complexities involved in switching provider.

Was it wise of David Cameron to call Twitter users “twats”? Jeff offered his opinion. Andrew Learmonth was none too impressed with the Conservative leader’s attempt at humour, while recalling the days when he was Wendy Alexander’s joke writer!

But Bill Cameron argues that David Cameron has every right not to like Twitter.

As far as I’m concerned, it takes a lot to get called a twat by someone on Absolute Radio… Incidentally, if you’re a twat too, follow the Scottish Roundup Twitter account — @ScottishRoundup.

This week my attention was turned to Frankly Francophone, a blog by a franco-Scot, which appears to focus a lot on French perspectives on “la crise”.

Outlander has got his hands on a “leak from my source in Westminster”. Make of it what you will…

Finally, a spot of navel-gazing from Will, who looks at the state of the Scottish blogosphere.

That’s all for this week. Get those nominations in for next week, when Will P will be in the hot seat. Use the handy form on the right, or email Thanks!

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