Monday, August 9, 2010

Summer quiz no. 2 : Find the political blog!

First things first - as promised, the answer to the first quiz. It was of course the man affectionately known by the Scotsman as "a senior Labour MSP" (there are apparently no others), George Foulkes. A frank admission at this point - I couldn't dream up enough clues to cover all the letters of his full official name His Eminence Baron Sir Lord Georgie Foulkes, for which I humbly apologise.

OK, now onto the second quiz! This time you're looking for the name of a well-known Scottish political blog, but other than that the rules are the same as before. Find the answers to all the following clues, then take the first letter of each answer, and rearrange those letters until you have the name of a blog. If the answer to any clue is the name of a person, you are looking for the first letter of their first name, not their surname.

Clues :

1. The (slightly misleading) shorthand name for the new voting system John Smith introduced for Labour leadership elections in 1993.

2. The constituency that Labour's former Welsh Secretary Ron Davies will be contesting for Plaid Cymru in the Welsh Assembly elections next year.

3. What a larger-than-life Liberal MP suggested might be done to the SDP at the moment of its birth.

4. The parts of Tony Blair's body to which the hand of history naughtily strayed, coincidentally just after he had left his soundbites at home.

5. The country that became an integral part of the United Kingdom during Pitt the Younger's tenure as Prime Minister.

6. According to Ann Widdecombe, Michael Howard had "something of the [fill in the blank] about him".

7. A Tory government minister and prolific diarist who Clare Short accused of being drunk while making a statement at the dispatch box.

8. Along with Foyle, one of two constituencies in Northern Ireland to have been recently represented by a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

9. The retailer that specialises in products for pregnant women and young children, and that was name-checked repeatedly by David Cameron during the Prime Ministerial (sic) Debates.

10. The Labour frontbencher who, in the wake of the 1996 Scott Report, addressed Ian Lang with the words "I warn the President..."

11. The popular game which George Bush Sr. tried to convince Denis Thatcher was more "fun" if there was running involved.

12. The only person to contest both the 1999 and 2006 Liberal Democrat leadership elections.

13. The organisation that Nigel Lawson dubbed Britain's "national religion".

Once again, I'll reveal the answer when it's time for the third quiz!

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