Elections, Erections and (Middle) East Politics

Either I did such a sterling job of rounding up the best of Scottish blogging last time you let me in or the rest of you are busy campaigning, policy making, drinking wine or just far to busy to spend a Saturday night in front of a laptop. Whatever the reason it’s lovely to be back, especially this week as I feel I’ve been spoiled for choice!

At the front of everyones mind this week seems to be the situation in Libya. The problems seems to be more that we don’t actually know what is happening rather than comment on what is happening as Ian Bell discusses this week as well as surmising what the probable outcomes might mean for other Middle Eastern countries and the West. My very own MP, Eric Joyce muses on what will happen to Colonel Gaddafi regardless of outcome and what this might mean for people outside of Tripoli.

Talking of the effect on the West, Alba Matters discusses what message David Cameron is really giving in his travels around the Middle East surrounded by arms dealers. Can the UK really be on the side of moral right if we promise not to sell arms to them again? Eric Joyce adds to the debate on the morals of taking money from and welcoming into the fold those who might have questionable resources as well as morals. It’s unusual to find myself even remotely close to the opinion of my MP but twice in one week?

One place I know that my opinion diverges from my MP is on Scottish Politics. It’s an area where everyone seems to be seeking out exactly where the votes are going to fall in May. The Burd gets down and dirty with the statistics and finds that something shocking may have occured in the last five years to Scottish voting intentions. When it comes to the election though we will all be faced with whether we vote for who we support or whether to vote tactically, and it’s a question that Better Nation thinks will reinforce that well known adage -it’s not easy being Green. It might not be easy being green but it can be even harder being female and trying to get elected, starting with making it to the list. The Shoogly Peg takes a look at whether the changes we are likely to see in the new Holyrood parliament will see an increase in female representatives.

You can tell we are gearing up for an election with the sudden influx of spending by the SNP government. The Burd counts up the “loose change you can find when you search down the back of the sofas in Victoria Quay and St Andrew’s House.” It’ll be interesting to see whether the money is applied in the right place to win votes but in the mean time it could go a long way to improving the lives of some who need it the most. The SNP have certainly come good on their pledge to drop prescription charges, Caron congratulates them on keeping a long held pledge even if she doesn’t agree with it- perhaps Labour could do the same?  Maybe they could find some extra money for the new Forth Bridge, A Place To Stand have indroduced me to a new concept in government- the numptocracy. It reminded my of this blip, will the new one be as photogenic?

No doubt when we think of who to vote for in May we’ll look back at the record of the current government, Mark asks (in his best Python style) what have the SNP ever done for us? Given their undoubted success in some areas there are those who think their war on tobacco has moved onto other areas and ask if it can really be a good thing to exclude people from the consultation process?

It’s not just politics that engenders debate though- Happy Science asks if the term “scientist” is misleading and used inappropriately. Are we really incapable of dealing with the term psychologist or biologist? Someone on the other side of science is Cartside who (in her own words) stupidly agreed to being a baby feeding guinea pig in a post baby hormone induced daze.

So with politics- domestic and international- put to bed, science sorted it’s time to move on to what I’m loosley terming “Culture”… I really, really hope the roundup isn’t covered by the Trades Description Act. First up is that pinnacle of Scottish culture- the Old Firm derby. Bella Caledonia talks a lot of sense that will no doubt be ignored when she suggests how we move forward from the current sectarian disgrace we call “football”. Scots Whay Hay interviews Richard Herring about the return of his show “Christ on a Bike” and it makes for intriguing reading. Something else that makes for intriguing reading and will be enlightening to anyone who found the odd tweet with #doricporn in their stream this week is MisssyM’s obitury for Sandy Lovepole (strictly under the counter and comes with it’s own paper bag).

On a slightly different (if related) tangent is my favourite post this week from Andrew McPake who asserts that he disnae talk right. It’s a beautiful, gramatically correct piece of prose in delightful Scots. If you only click one link this week, make it Andrew’s. Where Andrew shows that you need to look wider to make a difference to learning Indygal shares a success story where the individual pushes themselves to achieve fantastic results despite their educational establishment, a sad state of affairs where schools don’t know how to encourage their pupils obvious talents. Perhaps what Port Glasgow needs is a librarian who can celebrate World Book Day without resorting to shoving books down pupil’s throats and still gets them reading, Bear Bahoochie does just that. On the subject of books Ellen takes a leaf out of Helen Fielding’s book– literally- and shows us what Bridget Jones- the Smug Married might sound like. Actually, Ellen- when exactly were you going to share that other story?

Still with me? Good, good- we’re nearly there! Misssy Martin shared two different Bridal tales this week- A tale of horror and one of true love. And with that happy ending, I’ll leave you to some fantastic reading.


  1. […] The most effective have been the talking to people bits – be it as a group or individuals, staff or pupils – showing my passion and enthusiasm is usually an effective way of showing how great the library and having a qualified librarian is.  It sin’t perfect mind you S3/4 pupils (aged 15/16) are like Dementors and will suck the joy from you if you speak to them in a year group setting. Positive word of mouth is also great as you never know who might mention you or talk about your work and what opportunities such conversations might bring. For instance my article over on the Scottish Book Trust Education Blog came as a result of a fellow librarian suggesting me to the editor. Or my blog reader who shared my World Book Day post over on the Scottish Round-up. […]