Avoiding the wooden spoon

Greetings one and all, and welcome to this week’s Scottish Blogging Roundup. It is, as the nurse said to the patient, “months since I’ve been in this position”, so it’s good to see you all again. (No, really, that is what the nurse said to the patient.) Apart from Scotland’s marvellous win at Croke Park […]

Focus on Fife

Hi folks! Once again we’ve proven that there is no such thing as a silly season. August is in full swing and this week there’s been plenty for bloggers to get their teeth into. We start in Fife, where the death of John MacDougall MP from a long illness could have massive implications for UK […]

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 […]

A week of firsts

Welcome to this week’s roundup. Over the past seven days we have gained a much fuller picture of how Scotland will be governed over the next four years. And, if you wish to swallow the nationalists’ line, it’s just been one historic day after another. Will Patterson tots up the firsts. Alex Salmond is now […]

Bye bye Tony and Jack, Hello Gordon and Alex?

Hi folks! Once again, the Roundup is at my mercy. It turns out that half a week is a pretty long time in politics as well: Tony Blair has finally set a date for his departure, Gordon Brown’s campaign is underway, the smoke is starting to clear at Holyrood and even Councils have been subject […]

The blogosphere votes

So, here is how some of the bloggers have revealed how they have voted: Fitaloon — Conservative Silversprite votes in Berneray Richard Leyton — Liberal Democrat; Lib Dem, Green, Conservative; SNP SNP Tactical Voting — SNP Anas — SNP Holyrood Watcher — spoilt paper; Greens or Margo MacDonald J. Arthur MacNumpty — SNP; anti-Labour. Prefers […]

Are social networks where the real conversations are happening?

You might have guessed that I am quite a big fan of blogging. As such, I often forget that the blogosphere isn’t the only place where people might be having an interesting discussion. The past few years have seen the incredible rise of social networking sites like MySpace, Bebo and Facebook. Undoubtedly, such websites these […]

SBR 27: Not long to go now.

No 27 is from David Farrer of Freedom and Whisky. Let’s start with a funny one. The LibDem leaflet that I just received says they’ll provide “more Bobbies on the beat”. Now we know why! Needless-to-say, this week’s Scottish Roundup is mainly concerned with the forthcoming Holyrood and local elections. And don’t forget that saying: […]

SBR 21: Tory infighting, Labour disarray

Hello there! Garry seems to have gone MIA. All is quiet on his own blog as well, so I guess he is busy. So I’m afraid I’m doing this week’s roundup again. Don’t worry, I’ll take a break for a few weeks after that… It seems as though there was no big overriding theme this […]