Scottish Tories out of touch again as more than 70% of Scots in favour of closing the border to control coronavirus

As it becomes clear that failed infection control in a Carlisle hospital has forced the return to lock-down, of the area between Dumfries and the border, Scottish Tories remain firmly behind the PM and unconcerned about the safety of their own people.

The lovely Andrew Bowie, above, was first to put the Union first on 29th June, after the FM had dared not to rule quarantine out for any group coming into Scotland, triggering his boss, the PM, to thunder and bluster about it, much to his obvious, though sickly, pleasure. Bowie said:

We are one nation. Scottish, English, Welsh, Northern Irish. We are in this together. Please stop this divisive, nasty talk of closing borders to ‘others’.

Safe in the North-East of Scotland, Bowie has seen no need to comment on the spread of infection across the border only days later but what about John Lamont in the Scottish Borders?

He has dutifully shared the Scottish Government information but has nothing to say about the obvious similarities in the situation faced by his constituents.

Their leader in Scotland, Jackson Carlaw, not that far north of the Dumfries cluster, in Glasgow, is saying nothing about it and getting on with campaigning against the 2 metre rule and opening up tourism. He has tweeted scleroticly:

Nicola Sturgeon must rule out any attempt to close off Scotland from the rUK. Localised lockdowns may be needed to deal with individual flare-ups over the months ahead. But this does not justify arbitrarily driving a wedge between Scotland and England.

Who, remind us, wants to arbitrarily drive a wedge anywhere? Don’t answer that.

But, but, are the Scottish Tories tapping into popular sentiment here, regardless of any principles, as they have been renowned for over the centuries?

Nope. Not at all. They seem not to have a scoobie.

In a Panelbase poll of 1026 for Wings, today, 73% are agreeable to the idea of closing the Border. 37% think it should be happening now and 36% agree that if the much higher infection rates in England persist then it should happen. More at:

9 thoughts on “Scottish Tories out of touch again as more than 70% of Scots in favour of closing the border to control coronavirus”

  1. Remember London/TV Tory Luvvie, Rory Stewart, and his failed “hands across the border” campaign?
    The one where no one came?

    Its a pity AUOB cannot organise a “hands ALONG the border” event, and have a sit-in on the roads, a la Catalonia—just for a day–to remind Boris where the dotted line (CUT HERE) of the border is.
    We need to close the border– because of corona, but cannot do so–because of corona.

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  2. Not that the Tories would even think about driving a wedge between Scotland and the EU. England first that is all that matters after money of course.

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  3. How many people remember this.

    How a single block of stone managed to close the border between Scotland and England for the first time in 400 years

    In December 1950, the border between Scotland and England was closed for the first time in 400 years.

    It was in the papers at the time sent a copy to that smug faced person in the above photo to prove to him that the Westminster shower at that time thought there was a border and nothing has changed.

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      1. I am not trolling nor am I a Troll just stating a fact which these so called clever MPs should know that Scotland is a country in its own right and a border does exist between us and England same as there is a border in the island of Ireland.

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  4. Ah with regards that fine chap of a fellow that i believe some refer to as Fluffy
    May i congratulate him in the deployment
    Of the word WEDGE
    Because in one my youthful forms of employment in forestry planting and harvesting trees
    Sometimes whilst felling and having completely cut through the bole
    The tree had a perpendicular centre of gravity which ensured it would not fall but
    Merely rest upon the resultant stump
    So a very fine tool simple but most effective was a wedge that you drove in with a small hammer
    Such would tilt the bole and alter the centre of gravity to the point that the tree
    Would fall and land upon the ground
    At the exact spot that was your intention to do so
    And in the case of Fluffy little does he realise that the wagging of his tongue is the hammer that drives the wedge into that very fine tree indeed of Scottish Independence
    That shall separate it from the stump that is Westminster
    Every poll now shows his hammer blows to his beloved wedge is well and truly tipping the centre of gravity well and and truly to a point of no return
    More power to his wagging tongue i say
    Now a fine Chappie indeed is he not


  5. I guess some Tory MP’s sitting on the same benches as Mr Bowie will perhaps be dreading social distancing measures ending soon in the Commons as well as in the bar of course.


  6. The full Independent SAGE report came out yesterday. The video can be found at the link and a summary by Professor Pagel is below. It is really only an assessment of what is happening in England.

    The number of deaths has been quite steady for last few week at a highish 100-180 cases. Over 150 on Tues and Weds this week, down to 89 yesterday but sadly back up to 137 today (number just released)… 2/9

    The number of new confirmed cases is declining – some of that due to a new way of counting the +ve cases. But data only measures those who’ve tested +ve and we don’t know how many people have new symptoms of COVID but don’t get tested… (544 is today’s number) 3/9

    So how do you get tested? Either in a hospital (e.g. as a patient) “Pillar 1” or by getting a test sent to yr home/ booking a test “Pillar 2”. Pillar 2 only started in May & is now most common way to get tested. There was no location data from Pillar 2 tests until this week. 4/9

    Thing is, getting a pillar 2 test (outside of a care home) relies on 1) you knowing you have symptoms of COVID, 2) knowing you should get a test & 3) actually booking and taking a test. So likely that lots of people with COVID aren’t getting tested & don’t appear in the stats 5/9

    This matters because we need to find as many people with COVID as possible so can trace their contacts & ask them to isolate. Estimate of new infections from ONS (~25K a week) and holding steady there, & assuming 40% get symptoms. Test & trace should find all ppl w symptoms 6/9

    But the NHS Test and Trace report numbers suggest that only about a third of new people with symptoms are getting to the stage of providing at least one close contact. 7/9

    This is not great. But of the contacts they’ve identified how many do they reach & ask to isolate? Turns local public health teams reach almost all their contacts but central teams only about half… More contacts now coming through central teams so needs to improve! 8/9

    Finally, contact tracing *only* works if contacts of newly infected people do isolate. We have no data on whether they do or not. Isolating is challenging – the govt needs to provide support to do it (e.g. financial, practical) *and* give people a reason to (protect others). END

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