UKIP – volunteering for satire

Roundup is brought to you this week by Gavin Hamilton who blogs at The View from the Hills.

The Independence referendum is but 500 days away (so soon I hear you say) and it is all getting a little intense.  This week a comedian got abuse, a St Andrews academic called the police over threats and a driver who has killed cyclists in accidents – twice – somehow avoided jail.  To cap it all off, for light relief, UKIP made an electoral breakthrough down south.

What did the Scottish blogging world have to say?  Thankfully it wasn’t all politics and doom.

We were reminded that the weather is getting brighter as spring takes hold after such a long winter this year. Kate on thin ice tells us she is feeling upbeat  .  She tells us about what is going on in her life this week including Britmums Live, some interesting parcels and a chance to appear on TV.

Shoogly Peg wrote a charming piece discussing her daily struggles with a new baby and to understand modern art in umbrellas and unpredictability.

Music Road reviews the work of Scottish artist Karine Polwart and her album Traces here.

Elsewhere we are reminded about a couple of examples of volunteering in life.  Never mind the Indy Referendum, the countdown has begun to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.  In a Bun Dance tells us all about this and the chance to be a volunteer helping at the games.   She describes her interview as one of 15,000 applicants for 10,000 places.  There are pictures too! 

It is not just at home that Scots are volunteering.  Little Grumpy G is working in Uganda as a volunteer.  He writes about that and his travels to Kenya during some downtime here.

Finally, many people in Scotland volunteer each day as carers for loved ones.  They do so on many levels in many different circumstances.  This week Carers Speaking Out talked about this from a different angle in a thought provoking piece written from the person cared for’s point of view in A tale from the other side.

Cycling scandal

A few readers may have noticed a case at the end of the week of a motorist avoiding jail after they were involved in an accident in which a cyclist was killed – for the second time!  The Mind of a Helmet Camera Cyclist wrote about it in What chance have we got.

Andrew Cyclist also wrote about wider questions of cycling safety and the state of our highways in I want to cycle. 

The political stuff

 “It is hard for power to enjoy or incorporate humour and satire in its system of control” Dario Fo

There was also plenty of blogging going on in the political world as usual.

The week started with a controversy over political satire.  Susan Calman wrote about receiving a lot of internet abuse because of a set she did on the radio.  If you haven’t seen her blog it is here.

Euan McColm wrote about this particular stooshie and the fallout in Scotland needs more political satire not less.

Controversial Labour activist, Duncan Hothersall, tried his own hand at a bit of satire in Yes campaign launches magic ballot.

The week ended with a magnificent piece by Stephen Noon on positive and negative political campaigning in Keep it calm your country needs you.  

All in all the Yes campaign started the week on the back foot regarding the debate about Currency and Pensions.  Divergent views emerged.

Natalie McGarry writes about this in her best piece yet for Better Nation – Diverse in action.

Douglas Mclellan also wrote about the diverse views on what independence means in Unless we grasp/explain that Indy is about power v policy we will lose.  He argues that Independence is about “having the power to develop and implement the policies needed to develop a different defence policy or more holistic welfare provision.”  And that Independence shouldn’t be about persuading people to vote Yes by arguing that nothing much will change.

The week ended with UKIP making a breakthrough in the English County Council elections – particularly in eastern England and along the South Coast.

@simonK133 drew some interesting parallels in a tweet on Friday between Nigel Farage and Alex Salmond, saying they had both “resigned, comeback and …. tapped into a mood”

A Scottish Liberal writes a comprehensive piece on what the drivers are for UKIP’s success in How do you solve a problem like UKIP.

Alex Massie argues that The Tory response to UKIP’s gains is what matters.

Bella Caledonia writes a nationalist angle arguing we need Independence from UKIP.  Perhaps bringing the week full circle and putting the nationalist cause on the front foot again.

Aw well – only 500 days to go folks.

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