Tory MPs for Morningside and Helensburgh trick Scientists for Labour into blaming the SNP

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Hah! What are Baillie and Murray doing chatting to socialists? I bet Daniel, Soryia and Rubio are a bit less keen on nuclear weapons and NATO bombing in the Middle-East than those two Blairites are.

Daniel likes Bernie Sanders and Evo Morales a lot and Soriya likes Jeremy Corbyn. Remind me, what do Baillie and Murray think of Corbyn?

Needless to say, they think they’ve found another stick to beat the SNP with and will use socialist research if need be.

The report in question was produced by Scientists for Labour. I’m OK with that and the Scotsman do mention that. They have an agenda and so do I. As long as you’re open about it and use reliable evidence for your arguments, I’m sure we’re all willing to listen.

At the outset, there is a problem with expertise, lack of it. None of the 5 authors is an epidemiologist like Prof Bauld at Edinburgh for example, or a virologist, like the three profs at Edinburgh, Stirling and Glasgow. That’s not a fatal weakness, but again, worth noting.

Regrettably there are shocking omissions in the report which for all its efforts make its conclusions worthless and open to exploitation by politicians:

There is no mention of the SAGE meeting where CMOs and chief scientific advisers from the devolved administrations could only listen in, could not ask questions and instead had to submit them in writing beforehand and so does not explore what this suggests about the UK Government’s ability to control the first phase of the response.

There is no mention of Dominic Cummings, his presence at SAGE, the secrecy of the files, his ideological attachment to the herd immunity strategy and his influence on the PM as evidenced in phrases like ‘take it on the chin.’

There is no mention of the Four Nations Approach, based on promises of funding and of consultation, which tricked the devolved areas into lock-down delay as the Johnson regime began a herd immunity strategy.

There is no mention of the inability of the devolved areas to fund lock-down measures with, for example, furlough schemes, nor of the fact that the devolution of powers over lock-down were only granted from 25th March, nearly three months after the first cases.

There is no mention of the UK Government’s reserved policy failure to control the many thousands daily, of asymptomatic air travellers arriving in Scotland and the clear evidence that they are the major cause of transmission. https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2020/05/22/scotlands-real-covid-19-ground-zero-was-almost-certainly-not-a-conference-but-an-airport/

So, once more, apparent effort but ideologically blinded research leading to nothing of value. Indeed reading it, I was reminded of Churchill’s put-down of Attlee’s speeches:

Like a trip to Woolworths, everything in its place but nothing above sixpence!’


5 thoughts on “Tory MPs for Morningside and Helensburgh trick Scientists for Labour into blaming the SNP”

  1. Where is Ducky Leotard, and what have they done with his body?

    If we have to tighten our belts, will Mr Moaningside and his lady “friend” be first?

    Will Mr Moaningside be the next Scorrish (sic) Tory leader? What will Miles say?

    Will Carlot get a seat in the HoL, next to Ruthie, or will he have to sit on Bella’s knees?

    Can Boris get a hair cut during lock down?

    These and other questions keep me awake at night. Laughing!

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  2. Fret not they are only singing bum notes to their dwindling supporters
    One of the best tools in achieving independence from Imperialism
    Is quite simply start to ignore it and do your own thing
    Such always provokes a wrong reaction
    From them which in turn adds to them being ignored even more
    Tis always the case as end game approaches

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  3. I see from the above that the study lumps the Scottish Government together with the UK Government for their unpreparedness for the pandemic.

    I’ll get round to reading it sometime: hopefully it will be forensic and comprehensive, and presumably share with us lessons from their hindsight. Or better still, perhaps we’ll learn how to prepare so much better based on insights from the Labour administration in Wales and its oversight of the health and care system in that country.

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  4. Also no mention, ever, of the fact that Scotland’s health spending is shackled to health spending in England. That, of course, has been systematically hollowed out over years of Tory austerity and privatisation.

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