Just as Mile Briggs accuses Douglas Chapman of being smug about Scotland’s lower coronavirus death, his Westminster associate, Andrew Bowie, is quoted in the Scotsman:

‘Together our Union has fought this virus. Together, we have supported one another. And together we will fight the economic fall out to come. Over the last few years, the strength of our union has been tested as never before. It has proven itself to be as solid as the rocks on which these islands are built.’

Why do I think of A.A Milne’s Winnie the Pooh when I read that?

When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.’

Let’s have a wee look at Bowie’s thing – the Union – and what it has really meant for Scotland. How might his wee brain deal with these?

  1. Scotland has half the death rate of England because of the Union?
  2. Scotland has a much higher death rate than Norway because of the Union?
  3. The UK government delaying the lock-down to protect business has been good for Scotland?
  4. Ireland has contained and effectively suppressed coronavirus in the population at large, a tribute to early and successful action by authorities and the public’ because they’re still in the Union?
  5. Those SNP coronavirus assessment centres are thanks to the Union?
  6. Scotland’s hospitals, uniquely avoiding the closures due to Norovirus last winter, is not due to the SNP policy of inhouse cleaning and catering but to the Union?
  7. NHS Scotland’s higher staffing is due to the Union?
  8. NHS Scotland superior A&E services are due to the Union?
  9. Scotland’s care homes all passing inspection while many in England have failed, on infection control, is due to the Union?
  10. And, to top it all off, Scotland’s economy, already damaged by Brexit but with worse to come, is because of the Union?


He can have that last one.