Covid-19: Have the Tories created a different less-concerned mindset in England?

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Two readers, responding to a piece contrasting BBC Scotland’s intensive focus on the virus with that of the BBC in England and in particular the North-west, seeming to ignore it, have commented on what they feel is a ‘different mindset‘ among English tourists abroad and among locals in the North-west.

One, based on experience flying out of and back into Edinburgh to more than one part of Europe, wrote:

Edinburgh flights have been inundated with people from England many favouring Edinburgh instead of Manchester . I’ve been on overseas flights and seen it. Even though wearing a mask throughout the flight is compulsory they wear them part-time or under their nose. English people I’ve met do indeed have a different outlook on Covid19. I’m not a pub goer but I’ve seen the pubs and bars around Europe full of English people this last few weeks shoulder to shoulder not wearing masks watching football drinking till late. Countries have seen increases in infections in these areas and decided to close pubs and bars earlier than normal. The mindset is different. That’s England’s Westminster propaganda at work.

A second wrote:

Was in Cumbria for the week-end. Keswick on Saturday was very busy. Could have counted the number of people with masks with one hand. If we have a second wave, it won’t be a surprise. The endless sneering at Sturgeon from Scotland’s colonial media: the indifference of England’s press: the Libertarianism in much of the Commentariat—all conspire to render the public venerable to a second infection.

Readers will no doubt add to this sample. Anyone observing better behaviour in England or by English tourists in Scotland? What about non-English tourists or locals in some other country?

9 thoughts on “Covid-19: Have the Tories created a different less-concerned mindset in England?”

  1. Simples as Merkat says

    The English are the superior master race
    And Dominic Cummings The renowned
    Genius Eugenicist believes this and once his ideas rammed through The Mother Fucker of a Parliament
    Where is mastery of puppeteer skills will
    Clearly be demonstrated via the contortions of the Tory Front Bench ( the wooden tops )
    All leading to the creation of Empire 2 the likes of which will never be surpassed
    As a write Breaking News
    China has out of sheer fear handed back Hong Kong
    And a massive factor that lead to this momentous offer was that their Secret Service had discovered plans that in order
    For Britania to Rules the Waves
    That England were to launch a huge number of Canoes all built secretly using
    The covid lock down as cover
    Spiffing Idea indeed Old Chap

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  2. There was an interview on Radio 4 with a psychologist at Queen Mary University in London who has been undertaking a study on compliance with Covid-19 advice and she indicated that the conduct of Dominic Cummings et al and the conflicting and changing advice being issued by Westminster has led to increasing scepticism about the advice. In addition almost all of the metropolitan media are rather contemptuous about restrictions: “We’re British/English dontcha know! Who won the bally war?”

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  3. Yes there is a different mindset, but it is being reinforced by a media which as you have highlighted, gives Covid a very wide berth, presumably under instruction so the narrative can be dictated.
    This will be further reason #10 are so desperate to shut down (via 3rd parties) SG Covid Updates , the Scots public are being distracted by facts, and there are a lot of England viewers asking awkward questions including Mayors as a result.
    On Alasdair’s excellent point at 10.20am, are we really to believe with so many behavioural science types and propaganda experts in the back office that the mixed and confused messaging as well as the Cummings fiasco etc in England are not deliberately designed to manipulate that effect ?
    To quote a now infamous character, “I smell shite”….

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