Interesting event about web technologies: ScotWeb2

I’ve recently been doing little bits and pieces helping out with the organisation of a very interesting event called ScotWeb2. It will take place on 31 October from 1000 to 1600 at the Holyrood Campus of Edinburgh University. It will be an informal barcamp / unconference-style event. It’s being organised by Alex Stobart who works […]

Oh my goodness so many conflicting feelings

If you want to experience a proper rollercoaster of emotions, just watch an election in which you despise both of the main parties to hell. Firstly, I apologise to the voters of Glasgow East for doubting their ability to vote for someone who wasn’t wearing a red rosette. I was just flabbergasted to come in […]

Another day, another populist policy from the SNP

I am rather confused by Jeff’s post on the SNP’s new proposals designed to curb anti-social drinking. He says that the SNP’s approach is radical and is proof that the SNP is not just populist. But when you look at the proposals, they are a who’s who of reactionary measures that could well have been […]

Keeping comments under control

Ideas of Civilisation has written a really interesting post about the state of the Scottish blogosphere compared with the dodgy comments that get posted on The Herald‘s website, Scotsman.com and the like. The Scottish blogosphere is indeed, by and large, a pretty good place for a debate. Nowadays it is probably dominated a bit too […]

Reasons to favour road tolls

You know, I really don’t mind the SNP all that much. I mean, in the sense that they are better than Labour then I am pleased they won the election. And I think that, on the whole, they have done a very competent job in charge. But what have they done since gaining power? ASwaS […]

The Scottish Centralisation Party

Thanks to a deal the Scottish Executive has made with Cosla, local authorities will now have to freeze Council Tax — or else. The SNP’s long-term proposal is to get rid of Council Tax altogether and replace it with a Local Income Tax. Seems like a good idea. Except that the SNP version of Local […]

How do you get a new government without there being an election?

When the SNP say so with their new £100,000 vanity project — to rename the Scottish Executive to The Scottish Government. A few have been noticing the creeping use of the phrase ‘Scottish Government’ over the past few months, but I did not foresee the full-scale name change (despite what SNP supporter Scottish Politics says). […]

Why I am not in favour of independence

This is the post about independence that I have been threatening to write for months. I am seriously considering voting SNP at this year’s Scottish Parliament elections. But I will probably stand in the voting booth thinking long and hard about it, with my hand quivering. And it will definitely be only for the constituency […]

Why do tartans need to be official?

I just saw on Reporting Scotland that Conservative MSP Jamie McGrigor is proposing the creation of an official database of tartans. Why do we need a register of official tartans? I think if this comes about we should all adopt our own unofficial tartan in protest. Update: The first comment on the Edinburgh Evening News […]

The smoking ban: nice, but it’s gone too far

In that post I wrote about blogging a couple of weeks ago I said that I’d never gone out and investigated anything in my life. Well I’ve turned over a new leaf because that all changed today. To investigate the effects of the smoking ban I went to the pub. Of course, I could have […]