That headline does not capture the thrust of what Jeanne Freeman said.
Well before agreeing that everything was on the table, the Health Secretary made it very clear that copying Boris Johnson’s frankly stupid macho intervention to disillusion the vast majority who are conforming and those who wish to conform but have legitimate barriers to doing so,was not on her mind and was very careful make it clear that Scotland would be coming at this differently:
I think we need to look at this the other way round. In Scotland we have benefited hugely from the Scottish public complying with all the steps that we’ve asked them to take and I think what you need to do is look at what are the obstacles in somebody’s way who wants to self-isolate, wants to do the right thing but may have difficulties in doing so. One of those will be financial difficulties. So there needs to be an extension to ensure that we can offer financial support to people…Brewer interrupts.
They’re in different worlds. Freeman can imagine and empathise with those in insecure, low-paid jobs, under-pressure to return from unscrupulous employers in, for example, care homes. She will have seen guidance telling her that this, rather than extra large fines for young folk coming back from Xante, will be a more productive strategy.
Brewer, judging by his regular tendency to ask whether Scotland will follow the latest daft wheeze from Johnson or Hancock, will have seen images of badly behaved youth in England, heard Hancock blaming everyone and have based his questions on that world.
Freeman’s response was just another of many wee glimpses we see of working as if you live in the early days of a better nation.