Leaving aside how you can still be leading, in bacteriology presumably, this is disgraceful politicising of a serious health issue of concern to all of us, by a political activist, no longer working in the health field, in an attempt to stir up anti-SNP feeling, with the kind of divide and conquer strategy loved by violent dictators throughout history.

Some, in Aberdeen will be encouraged by this kind of thinking to, once more, take risks. People could die. Pennington and his ilk know that and do not care.

Pennington is not a leading thinker in the control of viral outbreaks. His last experience was 25 years ago, in one town, with the source of a bacterial infection in one butcher’s shop.

Unlike professors Sridhar and Bauld, consulted internationally, no one will touch Pennington when they see his cv.