Blowin’ in the wind

So, the title of this week’s Roundup is a Bob Dylan song, appropriate in the week of his 70th birthday. Mike Ritchie chooses his favourite Dylan work.

Blowin’ in the wind has a certain resonance in the week that Scotland was hit by gales – and in many ways it’s seemed like there is a metaphorical turbulence in our legal and political system too. Time will tell whether those are destructive gales, or the sort of autumnal breeze that makes away for new life in Spring.

When Barack Obama said on Wednesday that Gary McKinnon’s fate was now in the hands of the British legal system, many of us in Scotland sighed. An overseas visitor can be forgiven for not getting that Scotland and England have separate legal systems, but can solicitors in England? And should the UK Supreme Court have the right to judge on Scots cases?

Superinjunctions have been in the headlines this week after the Sunday Herald last week broke ranks and identified Ryan Giggs as the footballer at the eye of the media storm the day before he was named in the House of Commons. Love and Garbage has some advice for the celebrity with a secret while Random Thoughts on Scots and other law looks at the wider issues.

The other big legal story of the week was the UK Supreme Court’s decision on Nat Fraser, who has been in prison for the murder of his wife Arlene since 2003. While the First Minister has vociferously argued that the UK Supreme Court has no business interfering in the Scottish Legal System, The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University argues that such rulings make our legal system fairer.

The Lockerbie Case reports that the lawyer for the Guildford Four and the Birmingham Six has expressed doubts about Megrahi’s conviction.

Going back to the US President’s visit to these shores, A Scottish Liberal found his big speech a bit underwhelming, while The View from the Hills examines our relationship with our friends across the water.

Much of the media reported this week that the Church of Scotland had approved the ordination of LGBT ministers. Kelvin explains in more detail why that’s not quite accurate and looks at the way forward.

In politics, this was the week when the SNP unveiled its plans for Government. The Burd is concerned that it’s not doing enough to tacke poverty. We’ve had politicians who have taken up blogging, but this week two bloggers who have taken up elected office gave their maiden speeches. Kezia Dugdale and Joan McAlpine both wrote about their experience.

The new Government has made clear its intention to tackle sectarianism by introducing legislation before the new football season. Lallands Peat Worrier is not convinced by the Justice Secretary’s performance on Newsnight.

Scottish Labour are going through a process of soul searching after their election defeat. The Burd looks at Labour’s burning questions, including “since when did Labour politicians wake up every morning with the avowed intention to stick it to the Nats?” Meanwhile, John McAllion, over at Bella Caledonia, wants Labour to put Scotland, not Westminster, first.

Gerry Hassan argues that the BBC is not reacting appropriately to the political change in Scotland.

Unpaid internships have become part of some university courses. That Guy from Easterhouse points out in practical terms what this means for him. Anyone who thinks that students have enough money to live on should read this – he talks about only being able to afford one meal a day.

The interestingly named G’s Spot, whose author lost his father to Dementia last year, argues that inappropriate use of sedatives in Dementia care robs people of dignity.

In the week a Canadian couple decide to keep their newborn child’s gender a secret so as to avoid them being constrained by social norms about gender, Transatlantic Blonde looks at how parents avoid or perpetuate gender stereotypes.

Bella Caledonia looks back at the work of Gil Scott-Heron who died this week while Liberal Landslide looks back at the sacrifices made by his grandfather.

Ellen from In a Bun Dance has been off to post revolution Tunisia where she complains about the weather. Poor Snapdragon has more right to complain as she had a right mess to clean up after the gales. Let’s just hope that when Ellen does the Moonwalk in two weeks’ time, the elements are kind. She’s a veteran of the 26 mile walk and has published her tips for surviving the event. If any Roundup readers are attempting the event, or know someone who is, please pass them on.

The Highland Games season is underway and Set in Darkness has video footage of Bathgate’s event yesterday.

Andrew Reeves shows us his pictures of Portobello beach taken on a rare day off.

In sport, Doctorvee looks at the centenary of the Indy 500 and G’s Spot compares FIFA’s set up to the Godfather.

This is the week when Guardian Edinburgh shuts down and looks back at the stories it’s covered.

And, finally, if you are a fan of poetry, you might find something you like on Wee Fictions.

Next week you will be in the capable hands of Mr Andrew Page. We still have a fair few slots to fill in – I’m currently preparing a rota through to the end of September. Do you fancy showcasing your favourite Scottish blogs? Let us know via e-mail or Twitter.

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