It is my honour to be doing the Scottish roundup the first full week after the era of ‘new politics’ andÂ the first full week of the Conservative/Lib Dem coalition. Ok, so Scotland didn’t see a single seat change hands since the 2005 election but we’ll gloss over that for fear of missing out on gazing with misty eyesÂ intoÂ that new dawn.
While an air of uncertainty hung over the May 6th result, Malc crunched the numbers byÂ looking at the various options for potential coalitionsÂ and Stephen Glenn insisted that “you have to work together to get things moving, advancing and rolling along as best you can”, clearly keen for the Lib Dems to get cracking with implementing onÂ their policies, regardless of who Nick Clegg teamed up with. Lesley Riddoch stepped back (with Gerry Hassan and Kenny Farquharson) to consider the wider impact of the result.
It was, of course,Â the Lib Dems and Tories who eventually joined forces, a result that Duncan gave a tentative thumbs up to,Â butÂ it wasn’tÂ long before Joan McAlpine was considering whether “the Lib Cons” had a mandate in Scotland with Julie McAnulty even ahead of Joan to criticise, concluding as she wasÂ that the end of the union was nigh asÂ “the only truly left win party left in Scotland is the SNP”.Â Â
Hugh Stewart believes Scottish decisions could rule how successful the new Government is north of the border. Hythlodaeus took a comprehensive look at what the Lib Dems got out of the deal while Bright Green Scotland gets a little confused between ‘progressiveness’ and fighting cuts but seems well and truly up for a scrap on both subjects.
Planet Politics suggests that Cameron and Clegg,Â Â “the politicalÂ Ant and Dec, may get on well and have much in common as regards personal background and policy, but their MPs, wider parties, grassroots members, activists, supporters and voters aren’t perhaps such natural bedfellows.”
Glasgow East, a promised key battleground for the SNP vs Labour, was picked overÂ with emotions still running high. Bellgrove Belle lamented on a Labour campaign (allegedly)Â based on “scaremongering and fibs” while Indygal took offence at new MPÂ Margaret Curran (allegedly) suggesting that the SNP didn’t even have a right to challenge in certain seats. It wasn’t just the Nats who were considering the fallout,Â Iain Dale allowed a post from anÂ anonymous Scottish Conservative considering how his/her party could break into Glasgow East and beyond.
Lest we forget, this was the week that Gordon Brown bade farewell to being Prime Minister of the UK. Subrosa took a look at his legacy and found it wanting.
Love and Garbage raised a metaphorical magnifying glass at the 55% rule hidden in the Tory / Lib Dem coalition agreement while Two DoctorsÂ aired his concern that the rule is not power to the people but “cynical tinkering”.
Bundance has a handy few dictionary additions. I personally see ‘Lembit – feeling sorry for someone you never thought you ever could’ taking off.
And last, but by no means least, the blogger at The Pop Cop could do with some blogging support. His site, which is a labour of love and a great service to the Scottish music scene, was taken down by Google for seemingly ridiculous reasons and his request to help lobby Google to have the three years of his work returned to him is well worth repeating here.
So there we go, that was the week that was. The first of the Liberal Conservative alliance! I was only able to make the above blog post linksÂ ~35% female but, hey, that’s still a heck of a lot better than David Cameron was able to manage in his Cabinet.