Politics is too frustrating – I’m voting for a curry

While the past few Roundups have been dominated by major news events, our submissions this week have been far more capricious in nature. This always seems to be the case when I am in charge – which in some ways is great, matching as it does the theme of my own blog, but it also makes finding an overarching thread a little difficult.

So best not to try then. This week saw the publication of the longlist for the 2013 SAY Award, the Scottish Album of the Year. Last year saw Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat win the £20,000 prize, and I was delighted to be asked to nominate once again on what looks like a really strong and eclectic selection. You’ll be able to judge for yourself ahead of a public vote for one of the ten shortlisted albums when the full longlist streams through the SAY Award website and app from Monday. Voting also closes this week on the Scottish Curry Awards, as Trampy and the Tramp point out.

DorkyMum celebrated a big birthday this week; and rather than try to cram as much into the tale end of her 20s as I did, she instead looks back pretty fondly at what she has already achieved. The Only Boy in the House is also feeling the passage of time at the moment, as he watches his two lovely girls grow.

George Osborne was in Glasgow this week, discussing the currency options for a future independent Scotland. Since I got to read the Treasury’s policy paper for work I can summarise: nothing’s going to work as well as the status quo so why discuss it? On the same day the Scottish Government published its own paper and – would you believe it – came to a completely different conclusion. As our lawyer wearily summarises, this one’s going to run and run.

Sticking with politics, both Will Paterson and Allan of Dispatches from Paisley consider the current state of, and ponder the future of, the Labour party. Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont has, according to Allan, “jumped the shark”; but with the lack of a likely candidate to replace her the party needs to have a serious think if it wants to present a serious challenge to the SNP.

I’m still having a hard time getting my head around the fact that the government down south wants to opt out of the European Convention on Human Rights (and, presumably, revoke its own Human Rights Act) in order to deport one man. Legal blog Prout de Jure has far more coherent analysis on what led up to this development in the Abu Qatada case; namely the Court of Appeal’s refusal to allow the Home Secretary to appeal its earlier decision to the Supreme Court. “If we suspend the Rule of law and start to allow the Government to ignore the law and judges to turn a blind eye to the Government ignoring the law the terrorists have effectively won,” the blog concludes.

This post is more than a week old, so I hope you will forgive a little friendly nepotism when I share my friend Kat’s thoughts on the Boston marathon bombing, as a native now living in Glasgow. She later made a map-comic setting out the parts of the route that have played parts in her life. In the midst of turbulent times on the other side of the Atlantic, the Burd points out that Scotland has its own issues with guns.

There are also some great new sites to bring to your attention: A Thousand Flowers (lefty politics and gender); The Brawsheet (for creatives); and Get Out Glasgow (events, music, food … obviously). And Glasgow-based Team Girl Comic, which you may have picked up before if you visit the right places, is now publishing a weekly web version.

And finally, boy band and X-Factor runners up JLS called it quits earlier this week. In typically succinct fashion, Love and Garbage manages to capture what we’re all feeling.

Thanks for the point in the pub quiz that one time, guys (it stands for Jack the Lad Swing).

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