A parcel of rogues?

It has been a quite momentous week for Scottish politics.  First David Cameron and Alex Salmond clashed over a future referendum on Scottish Independence.  The Salmond announced that a referendum would indeed be held in autumn 2014.  It is finally here – we are to be asked if we want Scotland become an independent country! […]

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 […]

The Return of Smeatomania

Hi folks! Conference season is now well and truly upon us, and it began last weekend with the arrival of the LibDems in Bournemouth. Caron had her reflections here. However, not everyone was impressed with the week – and non-LibDems found all sorts of things to look at, such as Vince Cable’s proposed ‘mansion tax’, […]

Morals and Ethics and Carnal Forbearance

Hi folks! This week has been something of a morass of morality, which makes a pleasant change from the usual dreary economic headlines. Perhaps we’re just recessioned out. Anyway, we start with Tom Harris MP, who caused a stooshie this week when he posted his reflections on teenage pregnancies and a society that tolerates them. […]

It’s the Stupid Economy

Hi folks… the Roundup is arriving just in time this week, on account of my swanning about in Perth. But more on that later… The economy dominated the blogosphere this week, especially as Gordon Brown took time out from solving the world’s woes to have a pop at Scottish independence. Shuggy reckons that he has […]

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. […]

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 […]

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)! […]

Lack of Solidarity, and the latest converts to independence

Damn! You’ve caught me coming down your chimney to fill your stockings with bloggy goodness. You’re not supposed to look at them until the 25th, but seeing as the surprise is ruined you may as well get the good stuff now. I’ll be leaving a note though — lumps of coal for you next year. […]

Are the Glasgow games for the common weal?

Hello! Roundup time again. It looks like the biggest story of the week was the Commonwealth Games. This sort of thing normally bores me to sleep. Mind you, this time round we have at least had the entertainment of seeing nationalist types who were strongly opposed to London 2012 but have the bunting out for […]