In a piece of writing saturated with after-the-event wisdom Iain Macwhirter gloats, thinking he’s scored over the First Minister and Professor Sridhar. I was going to leave it, ‘e’s not warf it‘, but then thought, if this stops just one person believing him, my time is not wasted.
See his gloomy ‘It’s looking like a six month sentence‘ and his Christmas warning?
Here’s what the First Minister actually said:
I also want to address talk that there has been in recent days about restrictions being needed for six months or more. It is certainly the case, that until scientific developments such as a vaccine change the game in the battle against COVID, it will have a continuing impact on our lives. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that all of the new restrictions I am announcing today will be in place for six months.
By acting early and substantially, our hope is that these new measures will be in place for a shorter period than would be the case if we waited longer to act. In the first instance, we will review these measures in three weeks – although given the nature of this virus, it is important to be clear that they may be needed for longer than that.
Here’s what Professor Sridhar said on Channel 4 News last night.
If you move early, you can have minimal restrictions, hopefully for a shorter amount of time. So these are in place for three weeks. If there’s good compliance with them, it could means that in three weeks, they could be lifted and we’d be in a good position and testing and tracing can take over.
Remember Scotland’s locally-based testing and tracing teams have been around 99% successful.
Listen to her and toss the Herald.