It’s there, down a bit. The Herald speaks truth to power!

There it is, at the bottom, in the middle. I suppose it’s not ‘SNP MSP’s PA accuses him of masturbating in Holyrood toilets‘ is it?

England seems ‘content’ with certain level of deaths everyday, Professor Devi Sridhar suggests

It’s a headline story if ever there was one but it’s a bit too ‘strong’ for the editor. Carlaw and Fraser would make his life hell at the golf club.

In the Herald yesterday, if out of the way there, the kind of brutally honest assessment you tend only to get from a ‘visiting’ professor:

England seems ‘content’ with a certain number of virus infections and deaths every day, according to public health expert professor Devi Sridhar. The professor of Global Public health at the University of Edinburgh called on the UK Government to “clearly articulate” its virus strategy during an interview with Channel 4 news on Thursday.

Sridhar is of course, not exactly ‘visiting’ but has a permanent appointment at Edinburgh University. Perhaps she just has the lack of baggage many others have acquired, after decades of socialisation within the UK’s school and university system. In my own time, I remember droves of professors far to comfortable, ‘content’ maybe, with the status quo and the perks they get from it.

Often contemptuous of the passionate sense of injustice which drives the Yes movement, they find themselves treated with great respect as long as they offer up apparently sophisticated rationales for the Union on MSM. When these are exposed as flawed in the light of emerging evidence, they are never called to account by those same media.

Sridhar is different. She says it as she finds it with no hesitation. When the Scottish response to covid-19 was wrong, when she heard the Scottish Government’s scientific advisers appearing to be repeating uncritically the pronouncements of such as the SAGE chair, Sir Patrick Valance, talking of delaying lock-down until the ‘right time’ or flirting with ‘herd immunity’, she condemned it.

However, when Scotland’s First Minister began to articulate a firm and consistent determination to eliminate the virus and to expose as few Scots as possible to its deadly embrace, she began a daily media campaign in its support.

Under-educated, tribal opposition politicians in Scotland, then launched a scurrilous series of attacks on her science, accusing her of base personal ambition. Initially taken-back, she has not, as some might and as the likes of Carlaw, Fraser and Davidson hoped, stepped back.

Instead, she has stuck to her guns and now we see this utterly honest assessment of the deadly strategy adopted for England by a callous elite, prepared to sacrifice daily, its own people.

When I say ‘it’s own people’, I mean of course those elderly and infirm members of the lower classes, of the ethnic minority groups, of the disabled and unemployed, they care little for, beyond that time when they must con them into voting for them, every 4 or 5 years.