The Blogosphere BBQ

Hi folks! With politicians taking a (well-earned?) break, there’s been a veritable smorgasbord of issues discussed in the blogosphere this week, much like the Summer barbecues we would have if we could guarantee the weather – there’s a little something for everyone. Unlike barbecues, however, there’s little or no chance of food poisoning from a […]

The Stramash for Springburn

Hi folks! Just when you think you can turn your back on things for a time, events intervene and throw a curve ball at you. Which is why this week’s lead story has to be the Glasgow North East By-Election: a few days ago, there were two possible SNP candidates: BBC journalist David Kerr and […]

Fighting for Fife: The Glenrothes By-Election Special

Hi folks! Hot on the heels of Tuesday’s look across the Atlantic, we now home in on a corner of the Kingdom of Fife, where polls have closed in an election which might not have been quite so successful in capturing the world’s imagination but has captured a lot of attention in the blogosphere. And […]

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 […]

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 […]

100,000 go Mad in Manchester

Hi folks! It’s been an ugly, ugly week for Scottish bloggers, with Rangers falling at the last hurdle of the UEFA Cup, their supporters trashing Manchester (which, to be fair, isn’t hard) and Scottish Labour’s policy over an independence referendum being as sure to work as a giant TV screen in Piccadilly Gardens. Yup, it’s […]