Business leader admits he ‘hasn’t a scoobie’ as to whether Scotland’s public health prioritising will be good or bad for businesses

In the Herald today:

BUSINESS leaders have warned that the diverging paths that the UK and Scottish governments are taking over easing lockdown restrictions for companies could lead to job losses as Scottish firms are “caught in a vice” between two policies. While the Scottish Government has been hailed for its handling of the crisis north of the border there has been disquiet in some quarters after differences between timings for reopening businesses emerged between Scotland and England.

Readers will not be surprised to find little evidence of the ‘disquiet in some quarters’, actually presented here.

All the writer really has is Stuart Patrick of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce enjoying his wee vice catchphrase but then admitting that:

At this stage, we cannot tell. It is too early.

and that all he has in the way of evidence is a British Chambers of Commerce report coming out today but with no Scottish breakdown of the data or, perhaps, with not what her is hoping for.

I like especially the writer’s use of the phrase:

Gyms is [sic] one example…

I don’t like the obvious failure of the writer to consider what must be the most important factor. Might Scotland’s slower emergence from lock-down with the virus pushed to elimination and so a fuller return to normal than may be possible in England where it is not fully suppressed and where local spikes and further waves over the winter lead to brutal new lock-downs, with business shut down completely again, be better?


Another SFA story from the Herald to make you rush out there and support it?

5 thoughts on “Business leader admits he ‘hasn’t a scoobie’ as to whether Scotland’s public health prioritising will be good or bad for businesses”

  1. If you use an analogy like a ‘vice’,then it invites examination of the analogy. A vice has TWO jaws: in this case, SG and Westminster guidance, but our media mean us to infer that it is the Scottish one that is bad.

    The Scottish LegalSystem has continued since 1707 and businesses operating throughout the UK have had to operate with various legal systems – Scottish, England and Wales, EU.

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  2. The Glasgow Herald used to be a fine newspaper with some excellent journalists – Ian Bell being a prime example. The Herald, on the other hand, has joined the ranks of the British Nationalist Attack Pack and instead of fine writes, it now only tolerates churnalists committed to anti-independence, anti- Scottish Government, anti-SNP agenda. Quite apart from their rabidly aggressive anti-Scotland agenda, the quality of journalism at the Herald is now on a par with the Daily Star or the Daily Mail.

    I never thought I’d feel this way about what was once my daily source of news, current affairs and opinion, but if and when The Herald finally goes down, it will barely be missed.

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  3. There are 3 prime factors in ensuring that going forward that any Nation must govern by and continually improve upon
    And that is quite simply the way the World goes round
    The 3 are basic and fundamental and if not properly attended to Failure awaits you
    1. Keep the Citizens healthy
    2.Educate them and liberate their minds
    3. Ownership of Land & resources is fair
    Responsible and Equitable
    As Merkat says SIMPLES

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  4. Is he the right person in the right job?

    I think I will visit ‘Business for Scotland’ to see if they have a ‘scoobie’, even a wee ‘scoobie’ will do.


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