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 […]

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 […]

Britishness, Barack and Blah

Hi folks! Following last week’s brief outage, the Roundup is back to its Sunday slot, and bouncier than ever. Anyway, we start this week’s trawl through the blogosphere with plans for a Britishness Day, as put forward by UK Immigration Minister Liam Byrne. Byrne suggested that it could be tied in with an existing holiday, […]

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)! […]

A non-toff snout in the trough

Hello, and welcome to this week’s roundup! It’s been a good few weeks since I’ve edited the roundup, so I should say thanks to Will for doing such a great job holding the fort over the past couple of months, particularly amid some perplexing technical issues. Headline of the week comes from the aedjt (is […]

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. […]