Once more, Sir John Curtice Professor of Politics at Strathclyde University, lets his Unionist preconceptions blind him to the truth.

Psephologists or bean-counters, like Prof Curtice, as they are often known can be a bit narrow in their thinking and he has missed the obvious here:

Scots think the FM, the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland have done a far better job of coping with the crisis than their UK/English equivalents because they just have, objectively, and because too many of them don’t believe the propaganda coming at them daily from, especially, BBC Scotland, the Herald and the Scotsman.

Here’s evidence that Scots don’t trust the BBC:

The Survation poll with data collected on 16-23 April, overall, suggested 51% of Brits trust the BBC ‘to provide you with information about covid-19.’ With trust for the Scottish Government at 70%, social media was alive with gleeful commentary on the gap but it’s far better than that, when you see the regional breakdown.

It’s better because we can reasonably link the responses to the dominant, big audience news broadcasts – Reporting Scotland and Good Morning Scotland – and because ‘Low Trust’ was at these levels:

  • London 14.8%
  • South 18.4%
  • Midlands 21.8%
  • North 21.5%
  • Wales 15.2%
  • N Ireland 11.5%
  • Scotland 38%

Only 8 out 143 Scots asked ‘completely trusted’ BBC.


Here’s evidence the Scottish Government HAS actually done better: