‘Demands mount‘ like ‘Calls for’ is one of those largely meaningless phrases which newspapers like the Scotsman use to fabricate pressure on, commonly the Scottish Government. You read on, only to discover that it’s just Ian Murray or perhaps him and Jackson Carlaw or even both of them and Willie Rennie (the Lib Dem guy!).
When you wonder which journalist is presenting the case, ‘in the public interest‘, again you find a small set. It’s Sarah Smith or Tom Gordon or even some minor politician pretending to be a journo, like John McLellan or Brian Monteith or Brian Wilson.
As you ponder the level of pressure behind these demands or calls, you hear a noise like air escaping – PHUT!
Then, you reflect on the issue they’ve chosen to champion on behalf of the public, well just themselves really.
In this case it’s the Nike Conferencein Edinburgh on 26th and 27th February involving around ten Scots. The public health officials involved in the contact tracing may or may not have failed to trace some who were there and who may have been infected. There is no evidence other than a single kilt-fitter who developed flu like symptoms in the days that followed. To my knowledge, no one died because of the Nike conference.
But, the people need a public inquiry demands Ian Murray and Sarah Smith repeats it for him whenever she can. The Scottish Government don’t seem to be biting.
More than two weeks later as the lock-down loomed, over 250 000 people attended the Cheltenham Festival (Horse Racing), against the recommendation of the former director of public health in the area, but backed by the local MP who has multiple horse-racing industry funders. The area, Gloucestershire then has a high level of cases (972) and deaths (147). Calls for an inquiry are getting nowhere. The UK Labour Party and BBC England are not pushing hard for one.
Ian Murray is a Westminster MP. He must know Sir Keir Starmer. He can ask him if, in the light of Cheltenham, it’s worth pursuing the Nike case. Phut!