Scotland’s media are full of the pain being suffered by business folk told to temporarily close and promised compensation. I’m sure it’s hard, really hard, to see a project you’ve put much of your life into, struggle to survive but worse things do happen and for many others, they’re happening right now.
See this red line:
It tells us how many more people are dying who would not have died but for the virus. After the horrific spike in April and May, killing thousands across the country and bringing a flood of tears to their families, by following the Scottish Government plans and with a collective will, we pushed the line down to zero for weeks on end.
Who can forget the First Minister’s expressions of relief in those days?
But as life returned to our homes, pubs and universities, we have become careless and opened the door too wide. We have not been helped by the greed of university boards and the power of business interests behind the UK Government.
Widespread infection, a surge in hospital attendance and now death is back among us. The red line warns us to act now or face the same again.
Does anyone really believe that the desire to protect us from the worst is not at the heart of the Scottish Government’s actions?
Does anyone really think the tabloid headlines abusing them and interpreting their intentions as a huffy child would, are acceptable at this time?
Does anyone appreciate our supposed public service broadcaster offering only more polite versions but always from the same standpoint, undermining the efforts to control a deadly virus, is acceptable?
Footnote: The red line does not even tell us everything. We are only just beginning to see the evidence of the further thousands, survivors, but now with lives reduced by ‘Long-Covid.’