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. […]

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)! […]

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 […]

Why won’t somebody think of the children?

Hi folks! It’s the start of another term at Holyrood, and that means, I hope, lots of blog fodder. It’d be tempting to say that regular service can now resume, but firstly, we’ve had lots to post about over the summer, and secondly, current affairs in Scotland can be gloriously irregular at times. Which, thankfully, […]

Godwin’s Law applies to the offline world as well

Hello there! Sorry I haven’t made the promised changes. I can’t get out of the annoying habit of being busy I’m afraid. Still, this week’s roundup is here as scheduled. Many will remember Jamie Stone’s comment during the election campaign, suggesting that nationalists were xenophobic. Labour MP Anne Moffat has gone a whole step further, […]