From the widely distrusted and non-credible Tom Gordon:

ONLY a ‘pathetic’ few per cent of Scotland’s care home staff were tested for coronavirus last week, despite the SNP Government announcing universal routine testing three weeks ago. Health Secretary Jeane Freeman announced on May 18 that all 53,000 care home staff would be offered routine tests to help cut infections among residents.

So, off we go again. I am tiring but I’m not going to stop until he does so I guess we might be here for some years to come:

‘SNP pledge?’ Was this in the last manifesto? Even BBC Scotland call the Scottish Government just that. Gordon places his reputation alongside that of the Sun and the Daily Mail where ‘SNP’ is a much loved label.

‘Pathetic?’ Who said that? Such is the predictability of Gordon’s reporting these days, readers are already thinking: ‘Oh yeh Jackson Carlaw. Of course. Who else.’

You have to laugh when Carlaw uses that word as he pathetically leads his branch into the political wilderness and as his own pathetic approval rates fall to only ‘a few pathetic percent.’

On a more scientific note, the words ‘asymptomatic’ and ‘false negatives’ do not appear in Gordon’s report. I don’t suppose either Carlaw or he have been reading the research telling us that mass testing of the asymptomatic is a waste of time because it’s both unreliable and because it can generate false negatives where infected workers think they are non infected and then confidently go in to work with several vulnerable patients.

A bad test is worse than no test!

In New Zealand they didn’t test the asymptomatic for these same reasons but insisted on proper infection control of the kind not apparently implemented by some care home owners here.