The morning after 37 die, in an astonishing sequence of reports challenging the Scottish Government’s strategy to reduce the infection rate and thus the death rate to come, BBC Scotland’s agenda is a sequence of stories questioning the strategy and headlining ‘damaging covid curbs on jobs and businesses’.
We then hear what is meant by business – just non-essential consumption, drinking and leisure, temporarily closed pubs, gyms and less Christmas shopping.
I’m sorry, lives come first.
Worst of all, we hear of the threat that nightshift taxi driving will ‘cease to exist.’ It seems they’re getting other daytime jobs. Wait, isn’t that a good thing? I feel sure nightshift workers have worse health and shorter life expectancies than the rest of the population. If we come out of this and lots of people start wanting night-time taxis again, then the daytime taxi firms will surely find it easy to expand?
We then hear of a Unison survey on too few cleaners. It’s a Unison survey. Let’s see the data, the sample, the methods. Why not?
And then it’s Gordon Brown telling the Scottish Government to ignore EU rules and guarantee that work stays in Scotland. I agree but isn’t that nationalist thinking?
In Ireland, the national broadcaster puts its shoulder to the wheel, to support a collective effort to fight the pandemic, informing and educating.
BBC Scotland think only to try to pull the wheel off.