Stephen McGowan, self-proclaimed ‘leading and prolific author‘ of the law firm TLT, is all over the Scottish media today saying:
If parliament does not define cafe and it is left to local interpretation as is suggested here, then expect absolute carnage across the country.
Hmm, prone to exaggeration?
The Herald has him in this:
Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of overseeing a “complete shambles” ahead of a two-week hospitality shutdown in central Scotland. Experts said the measures risked “absolute carnage” after confusion erupted over which businesses will be affected.
Shambles and carnage, both bloody words in their original meaning.
There has been carnage, real carnage, in cafes many times before. In Jerusalem in 2002, Paris in 2010, Marrakech in 2011. Closer to home, we’ve seen it in Belfast in 1972.
How about, if you have something reasonable and evidence-based to say and bearing in mind the context of the Government’s responsibility to protect hundreds of thousands from this deadly virus, choose your words more carefully?