Coronavirus reaction one more sign of a different more caring worldview in Scotland?

We saw yesterday largely tabloid anger when the Scottish First Minister acted while Boris Johnson appeared to dither or, as it transpired, revealed a willingness to sacrifice the elderly and the infirm for herd immunity and the freedom to get on with investing in the economy, unconstrained by any need to shut down any part of it.

Yesterday, James Kelly pointed to the perhaps unique failure of Westminster to follow World Health Organisation advice and, worse, to lie to the people about what the WHO is advising:

This is something that a lot of people haven’t woken up to yet.  The World Health Organization’s position on coronavirus is clear – it can and must be controlled, suppressed, contained, pushed back, got on top of…choose whichever form of words you prefer.  They point to China and South Korea as examples of countries that had significant outbreaks and still got the situation back in control.

The UK government are ignoring that advice.

The Scottish Government is clearly not prepared to stand by and already is closing down large events.

Is this just one more sign of the extent to which Scotland is drifting away from this brutal form of society which Johnson and his pals like so much?

Remember these:

Only BBC UK sees different Scotland look after its veterans as England drifts further into the dark night of endless Tory rule

Scotland IS different as it protects unaccompanied children seeking asylum

Different NHS Scotland and Wales reject England’s hostile environment for vulnerable migrant mothers-to-be

It is a matter of life in Scotland and death in England

Only Guardian and Al Jazeera tell us EU families and ‘Eurochildren’ in Brexiting Britain feel safer in Scotland

Scotland drifting away from nasty place as SNP Government launches funeral benefit for those on low income

Scotland IS a different place as its universities offer guaranteed places to care leavers

Abuse of women and the disabled far higher in England than in Scotland

Less homicide, less knife crime, less domestic violence, safer cities and now much lower alcohol problems: should Scotland’s old stereotypes be sent south?

Racial hate crimes increase by 33% in England & Wales while falling by 10% in Scotland: Who says we’re not different?

Scottish Muslim students far less likely to report abuse or crime?

Terror de-radicalisation referral rate in Scotland less than one third per capita of that in England

Only in Scotland! ‘A review of small country’s approaches to public policy reform in response to economic, demographic and other pressures found that only in Scotland could this ‘golden thread’ be so clearly discerned’

Scientific evidence that Scots tend to be different from the other groups in rUK?

Who said Scots were not more left-wing than those in the rest of the UK?

With 1 in 4 living wage employers already in Scotland, the Scottish Government aims to make this a ‘Living Wage Nation’

8% of the UK population and 28% of living wage employers. More evidence that we are different enough to want to run the whole show?

80 000 lowest paid workers in NHS England still on poverty wages as NHS Scotland follows Scottish Government policy to pay a living wage to all public-sector employees

Scottish care workers to receive Living Wage for ‘sleepover’ hours while English care workers receive only the National Minimum Wage.

Different Scotland in the UN report on ‘Workhouse Britain’

Scottish values making oil and gas firms a tad different too?

Are Scotland’s employers also different – more willing to pay a decent wage?

With 1 in 4 living wage employers already in Scotland, the Scottish Government aims to make this a ‘Living Wage Nation’

8% of the UK population and 28% of living wage employers. More evidence that we are different enough to want to run the whole show?

5 thoughts on “Coronavirus reaction one more sign of a different more caring worldview in Scotland?”

  1. From beeb main news page –

    All English elite football is suspended until at least 3 April
    Uefa has postponed next week’s Champions League and Europe League fixtures

    Who would have known that the SNP Scottish Govt’s authority was sooo wide? – The britnats are fairly looking foolish again – their default position, really.

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  2. 1. To the UK government, the present high proportion of elderly in the population is causing financial and organisational problems.

    2. Covid-19 is fatal to a higher proportion of the over-65s than any other group of people.

    3. Johnson – “Let’s take it on the chin”.

    4. Problem solved!…………………

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  3. Beeb website (main news page) is carrying the story about the courageous and visionary Scots drug worker Peter Krykant. This major story is FINALLY appearing on the beeb Scotland site (thanks only to The Victoria Derbyshire programme team). Incompetence? Editorial decision? – Anyway you care to look at it beeb Scotland doesn’t come out of this well.

    Link and snippet below: (I understand Victoria Derbyshire is being dumped by the beeb soon – following up too many stories with genuine public interest angles perhaps?):

    A former drug worker has said he is launching a mobile “fix room”, where addicts can take drugs under supervision, even though he faces being arrested.

    Mr Krykant believes that because the van is in his name he may face arrest under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

    But he says he is undeterred by the potential legal consequences.

    “I’m hoping Police Scotland will see it’s not in the public interest to arrest me and understand the reason I’m going ahead with this,” he says.

    Glasgow City Council first proposed introducing so-called fix rooms more than three years ago in a bid to encourage users to inject drugs in a safe and clean environment, away from the street and under medical supervision.

    It was backed by the Scottish government but drug legislation is not devolved and the Westminster government blocked the scheme.

    Last month, ahead of a UK-wide drugs summit, crime minister Kit Malthouse reiterated the UK government’s opposition to drug consumption rooms, describing them as a “distraction”.

    But some experts disagree.

    Niamh Eastwood, from the drug charity Release, believes evidence for the effectiveness of drug consumption rooms is “overwhelming”.

    “It’s for those who don’t have a space to inject privately and safely. It brings them into these facilities and also is an opportunity to engage people.”

    She described Mr Krykant as “courageous” and said it was “shameful” he felt he had to act himself.

    “He’s stepping in where actually government should be,” she said.

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  4. There is an intriguing phrase in a report on the BBC Scotland Politics page on an SNP MSP who is self-isolating because she has symptoms which might be Covid-19. She is also a GP. In the report, apropos of nothing, it is mentioned that “who had been in a debate with Tory mental health minister Nadine Dorries – who has tested positive for the virus”. This phrase has no relationship with anything else in the piece. Why should the BBC ‘journalist’ have put this in?


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