Once again, I was going to let this post, on a website with too few readers to mention, just go, but then I read some it. It’s frankly unbelievable.
After pretending that the wisdom of a Holocaust survivor has inspired his latest anti-SNP diatribe, he goes on to patronise any readers he has left and to make a number of patently false claims.
I won’t do them all, it’s not worth it, but these examples below give you a flavour, if a sour one:
As someone who doesn’t do social media, I have observed with bemusement as your Facebook feeds have mutually reinforced your opinions that the Scottish Government has done a decent job. I’ve watched the Scottish media back off its criticisms, seemingly afraid to run against the grain of opinion. Social media really is a danger to us all. Out here in reality, the statistics are damning and even a cursory glance at the timeline of events would put you straight quite quickly. Scotland is in lock-step with the UK in being one of the countries to be handling Covid least well. Day after day, the UK media is tearing strips off the Tory Government for the same things that are happening up here without comment. Both treated Covid as a hospital management problem, rather than an all-consuming crisis of public health, social wellbeing and economic security. Both were lax and shoddy on implementing control mechanisms like a proper testing system.
For better or worse, the political action takes place on Twitter. All the politicians, all the academic researchers, all the chiefs of police, all the NHS board executives, all the leading medics, all the trades unions, everything, appears there. If you don’t do social media, you’re about as relevant as a hermit up a column.
You’re observing us with bemusement? What a patronising, supercilious but unaware stance. O great one, tell us what to do!
Out here in reality? What reality? The one we’re constructing with each other, unavoidably using social media to democratise the process or the one you’ve put together, home alone?
The statistics are damning? Oh no, they’re not. The infection rate in England has been 35% higher and the death rate 45% higher. Care home deaths in England and Wales were much higher than in Scotland. After the first two months tied to the madness of the 4 Nations Approach, told what to do by their secret herd immunity gurus in SAGE, the Scottish Government’s strategy pushed levels of infection and deaths to a fraction of those in England. Today we benefit from that as we approach the winter from a much lower level than they would have left us with.
In lock-step with the UK? At every stage, stricter and more cautious and, critically, taking the people with them. Do you do opinion polls? You can follow them on social media. The Scottish Government has had the courage to diverge from the UK’s death march, under withering fire from the MSM.
The UK media, but not the BBC, has been tearing strips off the UK Government but you cannot seriously suggest they, especially their Scottish members, have been kind to the Scottish Government. The recent pile-on over hospitality, the regular demonising of the First Minister and the Health Secretary, the scaremongering over schools, the shifting of blame from care home owners and university bosses onto the Scottish Government…where have you been?
Right, there is more but I’ve got better things to do.