Roses are red, Rangers are blue

The schools were out this week and both Holyrood and Westminster Parliaments were in recess. There has, however, been no holiday for bloggers who have written on all sorts of subjects this week.

First of all, there was Valentine’s Day. Audrey Birt doesn’t do the commercial side of it but her touching post shows that there’s plenty love in her house. Love was all around us in Edinburgh, too, as 1000 people gathered to march on Holyrood to tell MSPs that they wanted marriage to be open to all couples, regardless of their gender. It was a pity most MSPs were away, but I took my camera to record the event for them.

There was no time for romance at Ibrox, though. The administrators came to call over an enormous tax bill. As one of my friends said on Facebook, nobody’s talking of this as yet another example of irresponsibility with money. A lot of the media comment has been about how the club could emerge unscathed without paying their taxes. How many doctors, nurses, teachers could you get for their tax bill?  Left back in the changing room, however, talks about what Rangers means to him and wants them to be the great club of his childhood again. If you are completely bamboozled by what exactly developments mean for the club, Paul McConville, over at Random Thoughts re Scots Law, has the answer to virtually any question you could imagine. Jeff at Better Nation ponders the benefits of Celtic coming to Rangers’ rescue while Love and Garbage’s talent for painfully accurate satire is clear. Fan with a laptop questions the inaction by the sport’s governing bodies.

Love of a different sort, and loss, featured, too. Sean McP has fond memories of his best friend’s dad while a tv clip of David Cameron being interviewed in South Queensferry made me remember the Scottish blogosphere’s Andrew Reeves in the week of what would have been his 44th birthday.

The Prime Minister, of course came north to meet Alex Salmond on Thursday. I had to laugh at the SNP’s Stephen Noon’s criticism that it was all fluff with no real substance. You would think he’d never read any of the First Minister’s speeches. Bright Green Scotland finds flaws in his speech, while Nicola Prigg wants more from all the parties who don’t want independence. Free Advice for Unionists talks about identity while Lallands Peat Worrier tells us why the nitty gritty of process is so important. Meanwhile, Hughtrowsers has some theories as to why Scottish Labour is anti independence and Dispatches from Paisley wants Labour to stop carping from the sidelines.

While independence dominates the news agenda, there are, as ever, many other, arguably more important issues worthy of comment. The Burd saw worrying trends for women in this week’s unemployment figures and the Shoogly Peg delves deeper into the budgets on offer for Glasgow, asking whether the SNP has damaged its vote there. Michael Forsyth’s comments on Scottish education put him in line for a skelping. Kelvin Holdsworth wasn’t too impressed with the Queen’s comments about the Church of England. Autistic Dad is conflicted by reports that people with Autism can recover as they get older. Brian Pope takes on Donald Trump over wind farms.

Abyssinia, Henry sends a harrowing report from a protest at the Syrian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

In a Bun Dance writes about a trip to Scotland’s creepiest building. You may want to read that one from behind a pillow. She also writes of her astonishment at being expected to mind that her son had been dressing up in a pink tutu.

On my last Roundup, I asked if anyone could help Is there a Plan B on her quest to find the perfect flapjack. It now seems that she has found it by means of oats harvested at moonlight by fairies, perhaps.

And finally, we offer congratulations to Islay Blog on their 200th Roundup.

As ever, the secret of a good Roundup is receiving nominations from lots of different people, so thanks to everyone who has contributed this week. If there’s a post that you think should be included for next week, tweet us at @scottishroundup, fill in the nomination form on the right of this page or e-mail us at

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