Opening with an attempt to seem erudite but coming across as more Araldite, Wilson just repeats the same old fibs about the responsibility for the Covid-19 deaths and tries as Miles Briggs did earlier to pin it on the SNP.
The stuff about Marshal McLuhan could not be more dated and revealing. Using that old right-wing moralist and late convert to Catholicism, like Wilson’s old boss, Tony Blair, tells you just where Wilson’s mind is these days.
So, apologies to those who’ve seen this already but here’s them facts again:
Responsibility for the ‘failure to protect care home residents‘ can be laid at three ‘doors’ and none are in Edinburgh.
First, the UK Conservative Government with it’s callous ideological attachment to a herd immunity strategy, later denied but then replaced with a willingness to let the virus circulate in the community, to let the elderly, the sick and the poor be culled or after Boris, to ‘take it on the chin’, to protect the economy, and the daft notion that you could lock-down too early, which might cause ‘the people’ to lose discipline, combined in the actions of the PM to delay lock-down until months after the WHO had rung the ‘alarum bell‘ loud.
Second, the secretive SAGE advisory group ‘experts’, Whitty and Valance under pressure from Cummings, talking herd immunity language and denying the devolved nations any influence over early decisions dis-empowered the latter until devolution of the powers at the end of March, by which time the virus was in the care homes.
Third some of the private care home owners, several donors to the Conservative Party, mostly offshore-registered corporations, failed to implement infection control procedures that should have been second nature to them after decades of Flu and Norovirus, using untested agency staff from all parts of the UK to plug big gaps in the staffing in homes, understaffed because of the difficulty in recruiting enough of them because of low wages and poor conditions. Most damaging of all, some care home workers were unable to withdraw with symptoms because they could not live on poverty-level sick pay.
All of the above can be referenced by searching the blog or by Googling.