Today, three out of five headline stories are about the the public inquiry into new Scottish hospitals in Glasgow and Edinburgh. In one case, the most photographed mother and child tragedy image ever, appears again to make the puzzling case that a forthcoming inquiry, regardless of the facts, must come up with the finding that suits the ‘truth’ acceptable to the parents and to the opposition politician, sponsoring their protest against the health board’s expert report.

As Scotland’s remarkable success in suppressing the coronavirus outbreak continues and as England slides into despair, BBC Scotland gives that little attention and no credit but, rather, pursues the only tactic it has – the alleged failures of NHS Scotland to treat one or two children, to the satisfaction of their parents.

This is a proxy war.

Unable to find serious fault in the Scottish Government’s performance over some time now, BBC Scotland focuses on that infinitely improvable area where they cannot be perfect – health care.

Now, hold on! When I say ‘war’ I’m not suggesting a carefully planned strategy with a supremo in the tent poring over a map and passing down commands via his inner circle to the troops on the front-line. No such top-down system is required.

The troops know what to do. They sniff out weaknesses and just go for them, like the Orcs in Lord of the Rings. In the past, they learned from those such as the now-retired General Boothman, what kind of attack he favoured. These days, they watch Captain Smith and Sergeant Campbell returning bloodied from the field and learn from them just what you can away with in terms of sneakiness.

So, today, three of them came up with stories about NHS ‘failures’ and in they go.

This doesn’t reveal a plan just an underlying culture where the smell of blood triggers action.

I don’t think I need, these days, to show you that BBC England, Wales and Northern Ireland never do this kind of thing.