Sturgeon persuades failed UK Government to U-turn on Covid strategy

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-53566212

With new infections in England stalling at around 700 per day, 20 times higher per capita than in Scotland and only just below the average in Spain, and with deaths stalling at more than 60 per day, compared to zero in Scotland, the Conservative Government has recognised defeat and has jumped at the Scottish First Minister’s offer of a ‘shared approach.’

Though the BBC Scotland report is not on the UK or England websites, the UK Government’s feelings are protected by the headline and opening sentences but it soon becomes clear what is happening here:

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she had suggested the move. Ms Sturgeon confirmed that work was now under way towards “exploring whether or not that is possible”, and welcomed Mr Gove’s “positive” comments about it. She added: “What we have sought to look at is whether we can come to a joint approach that makes very clear that we are all trying to drive this virus to the lowest possible level, which I would call effective elimination, and keep it there. “As opposed to having an approach that allows the virus to hover around at a certain level and then hope that it doesn’t overwhelm you”.

As infection levels spike across more than 20 areas in England, the Government there has come to realise that hey cannot go on this way and, crucially, that further lock-downs will do even great damage to the economy than if they had followed the Scottish model, been consistent in messaging and delayed opening-up until infection levels were much lower.

Looking enviously at the data from Scotland and the zero tolerance strategy being praised across Europe, their advisers have at last been able to reverse the herd stupidity strategy of Cummings and Vallance.

The Tusker understands that Sturgeon, Freeman and Sridhar will run a series of Zoom sessions with the UK Cabinet in the hope that they might get it.

Jackson Carlaw was asked to comment but is up Ben Lomond and has not been seen for some time. Sarah Smith, Lisa Summers and Glenn Campbell were last seen bashing each others’ heads together, to come up with something but have so far only got:

Sturgeon accused of making Michael Gove sit up straight and fn listen!’

21 thoughts on “Sturgeon persuades failed UK Government to U-turn on Covid strategy”

  1. No doubt whatsoever that any Nation
    That does not suppress this virus to a position that it can now be kept that way
    By a fully effective track,trace and isolate
    System
    Will Fail not only in health matters but in economic matters as well
    The longer any Nation refuses to accept this shall only accelerate their demise
    And to Quote a certain neo liberal capitalist
    There is no alternative. TINA
    Not rocket science
    Certain Nations such as Brazil & USA have crossed the rubicon and must now await their impending fate

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  2. If you peruse the comments you will see that the CyberBrit troll bots have polluted the site with their venal anti-FM hatefest.

    Every ‘Have Your Say’ on BBC Scotland seems to be pounced on immediately it opens and bile spewed on to it, putting the boot in to use the phrase of the saintly former leader of the Tories in Scotland, so beloved of the ‘progressive’ metropolitan media.

    Why the BBC offers a comment facility is beyond me. There is never any informed comment.

    PS ‘the ‘love-bombing’ has started. On Drivetime we had Joanna Lumley claiming she was something like 75% Scottish and then saying ‘Please don’t leave us’. The ‘us’ was not us up here.

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  3. BEWARE OF THIS GOVE
    EVEN IN AGREEING TO DISCUSS COVID WITH OTHER DEVOLVED PARLIAMENTS

    HE WILL SEEK TO TWIST TO MAKE OUT THAT THE THREE
    “REGIONS” ASKED FOR ASSISTANCE IN COVID
    FUTURE PLANS GAINING THE STRENGTH OF THE UNION

    WHEN ALL THREE REGIONS KNOW
    IT IS ENGLAND WHO ARE LOSING THE FIGHT AGAINST
    COVID

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  4. Heard Gove this morning, wasn’t interrupted once. Was listenning to a politician under no pressure whatsoever from the interviewer. His references to Mike Russell reminded me of Mike being interviewed last week by Garry Robertson, constantly interrupted, had to speak very fast to make points before the next interruption.
    Hard to judge who would be the most unpopular in North Britain. Gove or Johnson. They are both effin awful . . . In different ways.

    After five tonight John Beattie interviewed (presented more like) Joanna Lumley after being told the posh tottie is 3/4 Scottish several times John asked her what she thought of Scotland. At this point JL had her David Bowie moment “Scotland we need your Strength. . . Please stay with us”

    It’s Started . . . . Again!

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    1. You would think with her EXPERIENCES WITH THE TREATMENT HANDED OUT TO THE GURKHAS
      LAMLEY WOULD BE EMPATHETIC TOWARDS SCOTS
      WHO ARE BEING TREATED SIMILARLY

      BUT NO HER COLONIAL PARENTAGE RUNS DEEP AND DEVIOUS

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      1. Lumley should be ashamed to be USED by bbc
        To caste aspersions on Scotlands will for freedom

        DID SHE ACT AND SPEAK SIMILARLY WHEN ARGUING AGAINST UK GOV
        WHO WERE PERSECUTING THE GURKAS
        NO SHE DID NOT
        WAS THAT DIFFERING SET OF CORRUPT POLITICIANS!!!!!!!!

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    2. Of course we will stay with them. We’re after all “ joined at the hip”, so to speak.
      However that doesn’t mean we should share a government.

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  5. Oh yes this will be a good way to start combining statistical information no more separate figures for Scotland showing zero deaths no more separate figures for England showing 60 deaths a day no more Twitter reports by Scotlands first minister .
    History shows us that any time England want to do anything jointly with Scotland it’s always got to be done in a way that shows us that Scotland need England.
    It will be interesting to see how they turn this on its head but that they will most certainly do.

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  6. But the real reason Englands government is copying Nicola Sturgeons handling of covid19 has nothing to do with getting covid19 under control in England.

    The real reason is about getting the number of people changing from NO to YES under control.

    Westminster has seen a rise in support for Scottish independence to 54% and believes it’s all down to Nicola Sturgeons handling of covid19 and even though they definitely don’t want to admit she’s done a better job than them they will do so on this occasion to save their preciousss union that’s the real reason they hope by announcing this all those people in Scotland who have moved from NO to YES will now move back to NO

    Playing Scotlands electorate that’s what they’re doing

    But just like before…their actions will show that their policies won’t change
    Their talk will change but not their policies

    Will it work ?

    We will see

    There will also be a run of opinion polls very very soon
    which have gone awol since YES got to 54%
    but expect them to return soon with a reversal

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    1. The polls certainly show Nicola Sturgeon’s popularity has gotten really high from the Covid-19 briefs, and it will likely have some influence on how people think of Scotland’s ability to run itself – but the actual no-to-yes polls are more likely due to Brexit – which has happened and is happening though overshadowed at the moment. I don’t know of any direct correlation between Covid-19 handling and support for independence – I’m not saying there won’t be one – but you can’t really say it’s a fact, when it HAS been shown that Brexit has directly affected how people think about independence. I would not attribute the 54% to the current crises, and I don’t think it’ll go away because of Gove conceding a coordinated effort – but we can wait and see.

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      1. We will see Contrary, I don’t at present agree with you.
        Brexit has been on the go for years but it’s only recently that YES has risen to 54%.
        It’s only recently that covid19 arrived.
        That’s your correlation.

        Effects of Brexit ? well I think we are seeing the beginning of it but not enough to move people from NO to YES.
        Personally I think it has been the bumbling idiocy of BJ dealing with covid19 that has turned people in Scotland away from NO.

        Those British nationalists who prior to covid19 supported BJ and got away with doing so because the Westminster machine and BBC covered up his failngs , but once covid19 arrived and hundreds of thousands of people got sick and were then told to take it on the chin whilst flights continued to bring people to the UK with more infected people we seen a change ,the British nationalists started to look stupid especially in Scotland where the contrast between the BJ Westminster govt and NS Scottish govt handling of covid19 was clear to see every single day especially on NS,s twitter reports.

        Covid19 has been an opportunity for world leaders in small and large countries to show an example of their brilliance , hardly any have done so because their allegiance is to the money markets big business has more influence on governments than the people.
        Until Election Day.

        On Election Day we will see the disposition of BJ and DT and other leaders who have been shown for what they are , unfit for purpose.

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  7. The truth is always the opposite of what comes out of the toads mouth.
    According to Devi Sridhar, England finds 1000 new cases a day acceptable. That is not Scotland’s approach at all nor NI.
    Have they U turned on this?

    Just a couple of days ago Cummings chief spokesperson told 49 Bye-byes in 2 minutes.

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