On the UK BBC News last night, Sarah Smith says:
And the Scottish Government say that like all of the the UK nations they base their advice on expert advice that they are given and that it’s go nothing to do with politics but it has been obvious that Nicola Sturgeon has enjoyed the opportunity to set her own lock-down rules and not have to follow what’s been happening in England or other parts of the UK but the gamble is whether or not people will continue to support her taking a different path when they’re living under more stringent restrictions than people in other parts of the United Kingdom.
Smith is an entitled, dynastic, elite journalist for whom, she feels, none of the rules apply. Just like Ian Murray, she doesn’t need to consider evidence such as repeated polls showing the First Minister and her government’s careful strategies supported by 70% of Scots and, even, those across the UK, when she proposes a ‘gamble’ is being risked.
The recent protests against the Scottish Government’s lock-down, attended by very few indeed, though covered by the BBC, suggest there is little of a gamble here.
She has nothing here, only her own dark dreaming.
More disturbing however is this: ‘It has been obvious that Nicola Sturgeon has enjoyed the opportunity.’
That has not been obvious to me, to anyone I’ve heard nor has it been demonstrated in any scientific psychological assessment of the FM’s words, tone, facial expression.
While I understand that Nicola Sturgeon is a politician and that sociopathy or psychopathy is known to be more common among them, and TV presenters, that does not mean they all are and that all of them would enjoy exercising power in such a morbid context.
This just reveals sociopathic tendencies in Smith’s own thinking about others – projection. She can imagine enjoying denying Boris Johnson his place as PM, as he sees it, and so imagines the FM must be the same as she is. I see no evidence of that.