Last minute round-up

ScottishToryBoy has a confession to make, I completely forgot about the fact that this week was my turn to do the round up of all the goings on in Scottish Politics. So here it is, a little late but better late than never eh?

One of the big talking points this week has been the news surrounding the proposed release of Adbelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi – the man accused of the Lockerbie bombing. Whilst this is a subject I veered clear of discussing, I am from the area and know of people who lost friends and family etc, it is not an issue that Christine Grahame MSP has missed the chance to talk about in great length. Lallands Peat Worrier has a very interesting post on how exactly the story got out this week and who stands to gain most with it being out in the public domain. Over at Caron’s Musings, Caron believes that an independent body should be set up to look at the release of prisoners if they are terminally ill. Me? I don’t ask for much, just compelling evidence of his illness.

Over States side a row has broken out over Obama’s proposed health bill which has the aim of giving free health care to 46 million people, leading to comparisons with our own NHS. Now, it seems that to many the NHS is above criticism and whilst I think that Tory MEP Dan Hannan went a bit overboard on his criticism, I also believe that him being branded “unpatriotic” is a bit OTT as well. Both the Sun – link not online – and the Daily Mail have urged Tory leader David Cameron not to treat the NHS as a sacred cow as it could and should be doing better. On that subject, Mr Eugenides hits out at those that are bothering him with their “we love the NHS” Facebook and twitter updates. James @ TwoDoctors also talks about the viral campaign of support that the NHS has generated but questions just how much an impact it’ll make. Finally on this subject, it would appear that the Flying Rodent is no fan of Dan Hannan.

A Scandal and a Disgrace hits out at spending by the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government this week – spending that includes £2m for a pub in Craigmillar and £300k on new computers at the Scottish Parliament. There seems to have been a bit of a furore over the new computers from some researchers, or faux rage if you will. Not a Village in Westminster has a very interesting post on the role of Labour in a devolved Scotland and the difficulties that the party has due to it’s lack of autonomy from it’s bosses down South. Holyrood Patter reports a fascinating story that Gordon Brown has appointed a dancing tsar whilst Subrosa has a blog about the Ofcom report on Scottish Broadcasting. Tom Harris hits out at the proposed assisted placement scheme that is allegedly being considered by Lord Mandelson describing it as both “misguided” and “patronising.”

Finally, Kezia Dugdale looks at the polling predictions of electoral calculus and asks if Alistair Darling will be the only Labour MP left in Edinburgh. As with most polls, the findings can be taken with a pinch of salt but it’s going to be interesting to see what happens in the Edinburgh Seats. It’s probably fair to say that whoever stands for the Lib Dems in Edinburgh West is likely to be an MP after the next election but I think it is fair to say that all the other seats in the city are very much in play.

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