Do your homework! You’re in Scotland!

From a young BBC Scotland reporter, in the coronavirus briefing today:

Matt Hancock has said that he’ll ration testing in England. Given that you’re responsible for deciding who gets tested in Scotland’s allocation how do you prioritise that. For example. is it routine testing for care home staff or is it symptomatic people in hot-spots in the community?

So, getting the idea for a question from the UK minister and what happens in England, is becoming all-too-common, as we’ll see with subsequent questions. This tells you something, something disappointing, in the focus of a reporter based in Scotland. Are they keeping up with events here?

Second, and more worrying, ‘How do you prioritise that?‘ These are the words of a foreign correspondent. Have you checked first to see it that is already published? The First Minister is patient and forgiving, in a way that I would not have been with a student. She says quietly with no trace of sarcasm:

We already have a prioritising for testing. It’s set out in our testing strategy. We set that out publicly.

Here it is. It took me 5 seconds:

Testing Strategy

Published: 17 Aug 2020 13:29

Testing approach adapts as prevalence changes.

The Scottish Government has published its updated Testing Strategy setting out the role testing continues to play in tackling coronavirus (COVID-19).

The strategy focuses on a number of key areas of testing:

  • whole population testing of anyone with symptoms (Test & Protect)
  • proactive case finding by testing contacts and testing in outbreaks
  • protecting the vulnerable and preventing outbreaks in high risk settings by routine testing
  • testing for direct patient care, to diagnose and to treat, and to support safe patient care as NHS services restart
  • surveillance to understand the disease, track prevalence, understand transmission and monitor key sectors

A key development to strengthen surveillance work and help prevent the spread of the virus will be for all contacts of COVID-19 index cases to be offered testing regardless of whether they have symptoms. At present, recent close contacts of those people with a positive test result, are asked to isolate for 14 days. While they will still have to do this, they will now also be advised to get a test, allowing for further contacts to be identified and potential, wider outbreaks contained.

Is it stupidity, arrogance, both?

7 thoughts on “Do your homework! You’re in Scotland!”

  1. Invite them once—if they are too dim, ill-educated or just a pain–dont ask them back.

    Only proper journalists should attend. The rest should watch it on TV.

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  2. Since the lockdown started and the FM began her daily briefings to be followed some time later, and very grudgingly and desultorily by Westminster, BBC Scotland has continually given equal emphasis to the Westminster plans and the SG ones. In addition, despite knowing that there are TWO governments , they regularly use the unspecific phrase “The Government”.

    I think this is wilful and part of the dogwhistling against the SG and is part of the strategy to sew confusion. A routine, almost daily, question when interviewing some spokesperson for a particular interest is: “Do the guidelines lack clarity?” The preamble to the phone in is almost always along the lines of “Are you as confused as we are?”

    Finally, it shows the arrogance of the media – they believe members of the public are incapable of interpreting guidelines themselves.

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  3. No surprise that a ‘journalist’ from the Evil Empire’s Outpost in Glasgow has no clue about what the actual situation in Scotland is and asks a stupid question based on the situation in England. So yet another churnalist who doesn’t do even the most basic research on the issue she’s supposed to be ‘reporting’ on and simply pushes a line that leads all the way back to London and Westminster tory direction.

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  4. It’s not even journalism, she has been given a sheet of paper with set ‘questions’ by her masters at BBC Pacific quay via the EngGov and reads it out, if she thinks that’s journalism she should try doing something else for a living.

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    1. It’s certainly nothing like real journalism. I doubt John Pilger will be concerned that his achievements are about to be put in the shade.

      More a message girl really, following orders. No sign of any real agency in any of them.

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  5. I would suggest there’s also an element of presenteeism in this. “I’m only here to show willing for the BIG stories: it’s not as if I really have to know what’s going on in Scotland.”

    Bad mouth Scotland, get your dour face known, move up the ladder.

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