Ha! We know where the trust is draining.
Neil Mackay opens with this:
NICOLA Sturgeon is burning up her most valuable asset, trust, through her handling of the toxic and protracted Alex Salmond saga. This self-destruction couldn’t come at a worse time – for the country that is, not the First Minister or the SNP. Political careers and party fortunes mean nothing when weighed against the wellbeing of a nation. The Scottish Government’s handling of coronavirus hasn’t been that much better than the UK Government. We all know that – it’s only the brutally partisan or terminally dim who believe otherwise.
We’re brutally partisan or terminally dim?
I am partisan but that’s OK if you use evidence to back up your position. Everyone is partisan really. Some are too dim to know it.
If you use evidence that makes it hard for others to call you dim. Mackay has no evidence, so?
So, trust? Mackay’s colleague, Helen McArdle wrote two weeks ago of research in the Lancet:
NICOLA Sturgeon is one of the few political leaders to “secure public trust” over her handling of the Covid pandemic, according to an analysis comparing the response of countries in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
Only 4 days ago, Opinium, had the First Minister at 57% approval in Scotland compared to only 22% for the PM.
On 25th of September, they had the FM at exactly the same, 57%. I smell no fire.
As for the Scottish Government’s handling of the pandemic, don’t let the facts get in the way Neil:
- As of 22nd September, over the six months of the pandemic, the infection level in England has been 35% higher [5 849 per 1m in England compared to 4 315 per 1m in Scotland] and the death level has been 45% higher [658 per 1m compared to 458 per 1m] than in Scotland. From ONS and NRS data .
- In the last 7 days, the average death rate in Scotland is 0.9  whereas for the UK it is 21.6 , crudely 24 times higher but twice as high per head of population.
- The gap could have been greater if Scotland had been independent and able to decide when to lock-down as opposed to having to wait until late March for powers to be devolved, by which time the virus was everywhere .
- Contact tracing in Scotland is operating at 99% efficiency . This compares with between only 53%  and 79%  in England.
- According to UK Gov data in the Times, Covid test booking attempts were between 80% and 100% successful in Scotland while only between 20% and 60% successful in England and Wales .
- Care homes in England experienced the highest increase in excess deaths at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic compared to those in the rest of the UK. Care homes in England recorded a 79 percent increase in excess deaths, compared to 66 percent in Wales, 62 percent in Scotland and 46 percent in Northern Ireland .
- Two large studies by the ONS and the voluntary sector care home-owner, MHA, found very strong evidence that the virus was inadvertently spread through care homes by temporary agency staff , .
- There is NO evidence from any research that, in Scotland at least, the discharge of patients from hospitals into care homes caused the spread of the virus.
- The BMJ has made clear that the root cause of infections in care homes was corporate greed  .
Is being dim terminal as in accelerating your end?
Is the above list of evidence a bit brutal?