On empathy, equality and inclusivity

We are finally back after some hosting problems. Many thanks to Roundup’s original founder Duncan Stephen for sorting them for us. We still have spaces for editors for 7th July and 4th August, so if you’d like to take a turn at putting your perspective on the best of the blogosphere, please get in touch […]

Equality, empathy and a full stomach

This week started with a couple of blows for equality, as the Church of Scotland voted to allow actively homosexual men and women to become ministers and the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill passed its third reading in the Commons. Reactions, of course, varied – some were ugly, but one of the best came from […]

Football, Fergie, and Food (for thought)

The football world is coming to terms with the impending retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson. The legendary manager was in his current post before the author of Fitba Thatba was born! Raymond Weir gives us five reasons why Fergie reigns supreme among managers. Sticking with football, Paul Edie looks forward, longingly, to the cup final. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Birth, rebirth and renewal – maybe Spring has arrived at last

It seemed to me, as we finally saw some weather that could be identified as being Spring-like, that there was a seasonal theme around rebirth and renewal in the blogosphere. With Margaret Thatcher’s funeral this week, the main theme of Audrey Birt’s excellent Roundup last week continued.  What was Mrs Thatcher’s legacy and what did […]

Thatcher’s Scotland?

When the news broke on Monday about Margaret Thatcher’s death I knew the focus of this weeks roundup was pre-determined. Like many others I chose to avoid Twitter, feeling at risk of reading things I would rather not. Her death has polarised our  society yet again and we do ourselves a disservice by over simplifying […]

The personal is the political

The dreadful and tragic Philpott case has attracted much comment this week, both on the sickening details of the case itself and on the readiness of certain politicians to exploit it to suit their own agendas.  Caron Lindsay points out that perhaps a fault line has opened up between the Lib Dems and the Conservatives […]