Get your news from ‘credible’ and ‘trusted’ sources here! The Herald presents for you a bitter old Unionist you can trust!

In The Herald today based on his regular slot on Good Morning Scotland, Prof Pennington, Wishaw-renowned authority on 20th Century corned beef bacterial infections in Kirk sannies, was asked when he thought life might return to normal.

It’s not clear if they meant normal in Wishaw, normal for an 82 year-old, or normal in some other way.

Anyhow, the Prof appeared not to have a scoobie but did get in: ‘it would be a “great pity” if there was any divergence.’

So, Prof, never mind the R number, if Boris wants to open schools, our bairns will just have to go along and take it on their chins?

Once more, GMS go for the old retired guy with the political agenda rather than the two women profs at Edinburgh University still active in the field and popular with UK media, or either of the 4 profs of virology at other Scottish unis.

The best bit, however, wasn’t the report on Prof Pennington but this from the editor:

Stop it! My ribs hurt!

5 thoughts on “Get your news from ‘credible’ and ‘trusted’ sources here! The Herald presents for you a bitter old Unionist you can trust!”

  1. “No evidence that easing lockdown will spark second spike – Prof Hugh Pennington”

    https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/scotland/no-evidence-that-easing-lockdown-will-spark-second-spike-prof-hugh-pennington/

    “UK PM Boris Johnson warns of risking second coronavirus wave.”

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/04/uk-pm-work-coronavirus-lockdown-questions-mount-200427073138116.html

    And

    “That’s good news that the number of cases in China has getting towards the point where they won’t be having any cases at all, probably, at the rate of decline.

    “In the UK, it’s about standard, it’s about 40 cases a day or something like that which is not good but on the other hand it’s not outrageously bad. It’s nowhere near the number of cases in Italy or the US.”….

    ….“I think we’re doing the right thing in increasing the number of tests substantially, making sure we know exactly what’s going on and reacting to the knowledge we get from the test results.”

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  2. Given the severe limitations on the fiscal/economic powers of the governments of Scotland, Wales and NI relative to the powers lying with Westminster – and therefore relative to the powers available for government action to suit the situation in England – the scope for divergence without agreement with Westminster is probably fairly limited.

    The Institute of Government (IfG) makes this point which is important I think and arguably much more insightful and useful than Professor Pennington’s reported remarks:

    The IfG argues: “Since key powers used in the pandemic response are devolved, this could potentially lead to divergence between the four nations, with, for example, restrictions changed sooner in some places than in others.”

    However, importantly it adds: “A co-ordinated exit strategy would be preferable. But co-ordination is NOT the same as homogeneity, and a UK strategy is NOT the same as a UK government strategy.” (with my emphasis)

    Indeed!

    Source: https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/sites/default/files/publications/four-nation-exit-strategy-coronavirus.pdf

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  3. They really don’t care if people die as long as their propaganda is spread.
    We really do get more like the USSR every day.
    And i said that yesterday and the day before that and…..

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  4. I wonder how Pennington will react to the sage advice coming from Anthony Costello.It looks very much like the UK government “track and trace” (isolate?) isnotfir for purpose.

    Tweets from Costello

    “On January 28th the first SAGE meeting said we (PHE?) didn’t have testing capacity so it was ignored by modellers. But the UK has 44 molecular virology labs to do tests. PHE has only a handful but wanted to keep control. (2)

    The molecular virology labs were actually forbidden to do testing by PHE up until the end of March. And we have always had huge research capacity to do tests that wasn’t tapped. (3)

    On March 12 we stopped all community testing at a time when there were less than 10 deaths and only 500 confirmed cases countrywide. Most local authorities had tiny numbers of cases. Before we stopped we were only doing 1500 tests per day. This should not have happened. (4)

    And contact tracing could have easily continued with local authority public health teams, GPs, environmental health officers and trained volunteers. Except maybe in London and W Midlands. This would have reduced spread +++. (5)

    May 6
    On March 13 WHO pointedly reminded us that containment (test,trace, isolate) should NOT be stopped. Dr Tedros, Director General WHO, said “The idea that countries should shift from containment to mitigation is wrong and dangerous.” We stopped containment. (6)

    May 6
    On March 13 many, many of us tweeted and argued for a national lockdown. The government didn’t do it. On March 19 Sir Mark Walport, CEO of UK Research and Innovation and member of SAGE, told Peston that I and others were “utterly wrong” and modelling would lead us. (7)

    May 6
    Once the government got serious about testing, and appointed John Newton to lead it in April, we quickly scaled up our capacity, within 3 weeks. At their peak Korea only tested 18000 tests per day for 51 million population. (8)

    May 6
    So why in May 2020 have we again ignored our local and molecular virology capacity for testing and recruited new people and new labs through Deloitte for a centralised testing system? Is this sustainable and joined up with local authority and GPs needs? (9)
    ·
    May 6
    And why have we gone to Serco to organise call centre contact tracing? Is this joined up with 111, or local public health outbreak management teams and GPs who provide 80-90% of all care and support? (10)
    ·
    May 6
    And why invent a new complicated national app, that @FryRsquared
    has serious doubts about, and needs piloting in the Isle of Wight? S Korea set up a simple app in two weeks which was used just to allow people to report symptoms and local health workers to monitor quarantine? (11)
    ·
    May 6
    The govt has overcentralised + made poor decisions throughout. They ignore the ‘self-organising principle’: “structures where some form of overall order or coordination arises out of the local interactions between smaller component parts of an initially disordered system”. (12)

    Scotland should do it right.Will Pennington support that?

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