In a week when we all stopped for two minutes to remember those who fought for freedom, bloggers across Scotland are finding it’s as important as ever for their voices to be heard.
This week also saw students take to the streets in London to protest against a rise in tuition fees. Though notÂ in Scotland, we still had lots to say about it. Planet Politics asks “does progressive mean aggressive?” and theÂ demonstration at Millbank Towers encouragedÂ Land Matters to find out who the Conservatives are paying their rent to.
Thursday was the day that Paul Chambers lost his appeal after being arrested for posting a joke on Twitter. Bloggers and tweeters worldwide are up in arms and Missy M asks us to think about what it would be like if everything we tweeted were taken literally. Likewise Alex Massie at The Spectator talks about the epic injustice of the whole fiasco and as a Scot working abroad,Â Mark Shields worries that the powers that be no longer understand the world we live in. ElsewhereÂ Real Street delvesÂ deeper into the matter, also commenting on ConservativeÂ coucillor Gareth Compton’s arrest for his tweet calling for a Muslim journalist to be stoned.
In politics this week, Bright Green encourages you to use your voice to ask Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander to stop consorting with tax avoiders and Devolution Matters writes about the Public Bodies bill andÂ getting legislation seriously wrong.Â Â After attending Positively IndependentÂ last week Bella Caledionia shares a round up of the event focussing on women and Scottish politics. Over atÂ Fair Votes Edinburgh the subject this week is The Alternative Vote and their post runs us through the process and points out that it’s not as complicated as the powers that be would have us believe.
ElsewhereÂ Burdz Eye View advocates for those whose voices aren’t heard; the thousands of Scottish children whose lives are affected by the damage alcohol does to their families andÂ Words to Good Effect delves into the etymology of diamonds and the wonderous wording used to describe them.
The boys at Scheidt’s Footballing Miscellany are using their voices to branch out from blogging and bring you their brand new podcast while Malcolm Fraser shares his unique form of writing over at Weekly Inspiration.
Both Underdogs Bite Upwards and Freedom-2-Choose use their voices to speak outÂ againstÂ the proposed smoking ban in cars Â and finally Mark Gorman doesn’t like being told what to do.Â He shares a video from his recent trip to California to show us exactly why.
Thanks, as always, for nominations. Now it’s time to get trawling the internet and use your voice to nominate your favourite posts for next week’s round up.