After responding to the Herald‘s typical misrepresentations of what the First Minister actually said and meant, I remembered to have a look at the ‘pro-independence’ National.
They share a building and the clearly share the same interpretation:
Last-minute changes to tough new lockdown restrictions in Scotland to exempt some cafes have created a “lack of clarity”, Scotland’s First Minister has conceded.
So, this ‘lack of clarity?’
The First Minister does go on to admit that the Scottish Government’s attempts to resolve a complex problem, in everyone’s best interests, to try to save lives and to prevent a worse lock-down later, may have resulted in an unavoidable lack of clarity for some people, but she did not admit to a lack of clarity in the strategy. Rather she seemed to be addressing the ‘frustrating‘ lack of intelligence in the thinking of those, like the Herald and the National, who imply there is a lack of clarity in the strategy.
Here is her first mention of ‘clarity’ in what she actually said:
Now I want to address a frustration about what I understand some see as a lack of clarity over the exemption for cafes – which are being allowed to stay open even in the central belt during the day as long as they don’t serve alcohol. The reason for this café exemption is quite simple, it is to give people – particularly those who might be living alone and also working from home – somewhere they can still meet a friend for a coffee and a chat. And we judge that as important to help reduce the loneliness and isolation that comes with some of these restrictions that are in place right now.
I find that simple to grasp. I feel sure you do too.
The National publishes a lot of good stuff but now and then:
And, of course there is the bias by omission. County lines drug gangs from England and farm machinery thefts by gangs based in England but the ‘E’ word is no more mentioned in the National than on BBC.