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The Scottish government benefits from a halo effect whereby credit for what is done well in Scotland is attributed to Holyrood and blame for poor performance is laid at the door of Westminster.

(Sir John Curtice, professor of politics at Strathclyde University)

This astonishing statement is the only explanation offered for the results of an Ipsos MORI poll for BBC Scotland which suggests overwhelming approval for the FM, the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland, in their handling of the crisis and condemnation for the UK Government. This graph sums it up:

I can’t direct you to the source so you’ll need to read the summary of the results here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-52795997

It’s a fair presentation of the results but the analysis section based only on Prof Curtice, popping up like Prof Pennington, is simple – You, the respondents, are too stupid or too biased to acknowledge what the Scottish Government has failed to do. Here’s the ‘analysis’:

by Sir John Curtice, professor of politics at Strathclyde University

The difference in how well the UK and Scottish governments are thought to have handled the coronavirus crisis is remarkable.

After all, they have both faced very similar criticisms, including too little PPE, too little testing and too little care and attention to the needs of care homes.

In part, the explanation lies in long standing differences in attitudes towards the two governments. Ever since the advent of devolution, voters in Scotland have been inclined to evaluate the Scottish government more highly than its counterpart in London, whatever the issue at stake.

The Scottish government benefits from a halo effect whereby credit for what is done well in Scotland is attributed to Holyrood and blame for poor performance is laid at the door of Westminster.

Meanwhile many voters will be viewing the two governments through a partisan lens.

TuSC Analysis

Remember that the sample will have been carefully structured to include supporters of all parties, people from all classes and age groups yet around 80% approved of the FM and the Scottish Government’s performance. It follows that many Labour, Lib Dem and even quite a few Tory (24% in Opinium on 5th May) supporters approved. Curtice’s analysis is holed below the line.

As for the Scottish Government facing ‘very similar criticisms’, he’s right that they have, but only from a dodgy opposition and their toadies in the media. The poll suggests that the people see through that, to the facts of the kind, I’ve repeated over and over:

https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2020/05/25/opinion-garbage-garbage-but-iain-macwhirter-has-not-yet-cornered-the-market-on-having-a-greasy-feel/

Finally, that ‘halo effect’. What on earth is he referring too? The daily experience of Scots watching and reading our mainstream media is of a sustained effort to tarnish any halo that might be developing around the FM or the Scottish Government using a litany of lies from the likes of Jackson Carlaw. You only have to read Tom Gordon every day (steady now) to see halo-tarnishing at its best/worst. And then, there’s Glen Campbell, Lisa Summers, Helen McArdle, Brian Wilson, Brian Monteith, John McLellan, Iain Macwhirter, Pennington, those balloons at Sky and Channel 4 and ……………..