By a reader:
I know, I know, I know, I shouldn’t have clicked on a Telegraph link, but there we are.
Seeing as I’m there…
Accusing her of undermining UK-wide efforts to tackle the virus, he said the First Minister’s repeated claim that the virus was five times as prevalent in England than Scotland was “totally untrue, totally unhelpful.”
You have proved otherwise already, no?
He also castigated her refusal to rule out quarantining English visitors, arguing the country should pull together as “one United Kingdom” during the pandemic.
This was literally months ago, and has she done it? No, so who cares?
But Mr Jack told the committee: “We need to stop the confusion. All the administrations in these weekly meetings we have should actually just be grown up, and not be different for the sake of it for whatever agenda they have.
Does he include the UK Government in that? Thought not.
The Scottish Secretary highlighted how the UK Government’s ‘Hands. Face. Space’ public information campaign and questioned why Ms Sturgeon had to instead use her FACTS acronym to communicate the same message.
This is probably the funniest point! Because Scotland has been following FACTS (and only FACTS) for months upon months (and at every opportunity the FM & Scot Gov can), hand/face/space made an appearance in May-ish, maybe June, and then went nowhere and only got repackaged again last week.
Highlighting the SNP’s lack of teamwork, he said Joe FitzPatrick, the Scottish Public Health Minister, attended a meeting in late April to discuss the UK Government’s plan for a contact tracing proximity app. However, Mr Jack said he failed to mention the SNP administration’s plan – announced publicly two days later – to develop their own app.
I made a mistake, this is much funnier! Are you sure you want to mention that Mr Jack? Because the Scot Gov app has already been rolled out nationally and is working!
The First Minister said later that the Scottish Secretary had been “talking nonsense”. She told ITV Border: “I cooperate with the UK Government all the time, but my job is to make sure we keep Scotland as safe as possible in this virus.” Finally, some sense.
Footnote: See that bit about not producing better results? See this: