What a Bunch of Bankers!

Hi folks! As I draft this, yet another bank is going under, but as this is becoming a regular occurrence people aren’t paying quite as much attention. However, the reason people aren’t scrutinising the demise of Bradford & Bingley (I’m worried – I have £3.16 in a savings account with them) is that all eyes […]

Laws, Levies, Let-offs and Leadership

Hi folks! Remember the song, “It Might As Well Rain Until September”? Well, it has done, and if I’m ever in Carole King’s neighbourhood I’m going to put a cobra through her letterbox. Still, at least Holyrood is back to bring little rays of bitter sunshine into our lives. And what better way to get […]

Poverty, taxes and guns (only the happy topics on this blog!)

Hello, and welcome to this week’s roundup! I simply have to start with Clairwil’s mammoth but excellent post on the subject of poverty and education. Well worth a read. SNP councillor Jahangir Hanif was suspended by his party this week after the Evening Times published photographs of him firing a Kalashnikov while holidaying in Pakistan. […]

After Glasgow

Well, with Glasgow East being out of the way, there I was enjoying my lunchtime pint and wondering whom to mention first when the following extraordinary sentence leapt out of the Financial Times: As we negotiate stiff gates and aggressive dogs, I talk to the living embodiment of new Conservatives – with a name that […]

Loves! Labour’s Lost!

Hi folks! No prizes for guessing what this week’s main story is: it’s Gordon Brown’s uncanny ability to lose a 13,000 vote majority down the back of a couch. Still, Labour’s loss is the SNP’s gain, and SNP supporters have not been slow to celebrate. We start with SNP Prospective Parliamentary Candidate in Cumbernauld, Kilsyth […]

Glasgow East by-election special

The polls have closed and now we just have to wait a few hours for the result. By the time you read this I will be getting on with something much more important — I’ll be down the pub. But I have spent the day diligently gathering the best online commentary about Glasgow East from […]

The middle of Wendy (think about it…)

Hi folks! I’m sure crossword fans will get the post title, but there’s nothing cryptic about what we’re leading with this week, as Wendy Alexander resigned, failing even to emulate the staying power of Iain Duncan Smith. The BBC’s Brian Taylor has a resumé of the tale. However, the general tone of the blogosphere seems […]

100,000 go Mad in Manchester

Hi folks! It’s been an ugly, ugly week for Scottish bloggers, with Rangers falling at the last hurdle of the UEFA Cup, their supporters trashing Manchester (which, to be fair, isn’t hard) and Scottish Labour’s policy over an independence referendum being as sure to work as a giant TV screen in Piccadilly Gardens. Yup, it’s […]

Tartan Special Goes Dutch Memorial Edition

As I start writing this we are just recovering from having two consecutive days of rain here in Adelaide. A very unusual occurrence in our current drought affected climate. The rain dancers have clearly done their job and the farmers are hoping to sew a crop. My kids were moaning and groaning about not being […]

Constitutional conversations, commissions and conferences

Hello and welcome to this week’s roundup! I hope you are not too sleep deprived from this spring forward nonsense. I am writing this very late on Saturday night, and I’m worried that I won’t get to sleep until around 6am (because I am bad at sleeping in general, not just because I’m writing this)! […]