Old Taxes and New Ministers

What a week! We found out that LIT is now in a coma for at least two years, that Ministers happily accept invitations to resign, that Glasgow has new MSP and that the Treaty of Rome’s provisions for the free movement of people which got people so riled last week doesn’t actually apply if the […]

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. […]

Swearing, but not swearing allegiance

Hi folks! It’s amazing what gets people wound up these days. Lord Goldsmith suggests that there should be an Oath of Allegiance to the Queen in Schools, and foom! The whole blogosphere goes up. Michael Greenwell, BellgroveBelle, Malc, Louise, This is Alba, Ewan Watt, Ewan Aitken and Bill Cameron all line up to attack Lord […]

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 […]

One year old and waiting for Gordo

Well, hello there! It’s time to don your novelty paper hat and offer celebratory greetings. Why? Well, the Roundup has been around for a year this week, with Duncan producing SBR #1 (as it was then) on 1st October. Since then, it’s the changes at the top that have been the most marked, even if […]

The PM ignoring the FM as he impresses in FMQs

Welcome to this week’s roundup! You will see that I have at last made the changes I promised. I won’t bang on and on about them here — to save space, I’ve done all that on my personal blog. Fingers crossed everything works. But should anything seem to have gone a bit funny, please contact […]

SBR 28: The campaign heats up

Nominations close today and the parties are beginning to launch their manifestos. The campaign is now in full swing. Mr Eugenides is not convinced by Nicol Stephen’s promises. Are any of the Lib Dems’ policies negotiable? Let me save you some time, Nicol. They’re all negotiable, and your credibility is in the toilet anyway. Blogger […]