It’s the public health stupid!

Tom Gordon’s piece today is double thick.

First, repeated polls suggest that more than 70% of Scots now respect and admire the First Minister. A patronising ‘warning’ from the ‘business community’ (pub owners) calling her ‘Sturgeon’ and not ‘First Minister’, will impress very few and alienate many of those few still following Gordon or his rag.

Second, this is just….well stupid. There’s no better word:

Business leaders have urged Nicola Sturgeon not to “panic” over coronavirus and impose lockdown steps tomorrow which could cause untold damage to people’s lives. The Scottish Chambers of Commerce claimed Scotland was already “at breaking point” and recent evidence suggested many restrictions ought to be relaxed rather than tightened.

Here’s intelligent, not stupid, instead:

Come on business leaders, it’s less than 2 minutes long. It’s not hard to read.

14 thoughts on “It’s the public health stupid!

  1. Very interesting,the point being made about a causal link between public health and economic success,as the supporters of the neoliberal ideology are beginning to find out.
    Health and education are the foundations on which economic prosperity is based and having those activities in the hands of for profit organisations is not a guarantee of success.
    In fact the opposite as has happened in England with their chaotic test and trace fiasco and continued underfunding of important public services.
    Chickens coming home to roost.

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  2. The press release today from the Scottish Chambers of Commerce that forms the basis of Mr Gordon’s article is authored by the SCC’s president Tim Allan. And candidly it’s a disappointing statement in its tone.

    As well as opting essentially to use a ‘straw man’ – an argument overstated or misrepresented in order to be more easily attacked – it opts to use fairly ‘extravagant’ language: “panic” ; acting “ needlessly”; doing ‘untold damage”; perpetrating a “betrayal of our communities”; “strangled for an overabundance of caution”; being “monstrously unfair”!

    The use of such an approach is especially disappointing when it’s coming from what should be an important representative body for businesses in Scotland at a difficult time for all.

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  3. Don’t panic! Don’t panic!
    John Major, the Don Juan of the Cabinet table, has upped the anti—-from no referendum for 50 years, Major wants Scotland to have TWO!

    Seems his plan would be to have Boris “offer” us a terrible deal, and have a second vote on that terrible deal.

    Not so clever when your plan is in the public domain.
    If Sir John was ever an “egg head” then Edwina must have scrambled them!

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  4. O/T

    I suspect this warning from Lord Pannick, the cross-bench peer and distinguished lawyer, in the House of Lords’ debate today on the UK Internal Market Bill will not reach the corporate media or the BBC! It is worthy of very close examination.

    Lord Pannick (CB): “There are occasions, as this debate confirms, when clauses in a Bill raise issues of political, and indeed moral, principle of fundamental importance. This House has a responsibility to identify when that occurs.

    “… Clause 47 is innocuously titled ‘Further provision related to sections 44 and 45 etc.’ Clause 47 is, however, a very substantial interference with the rule of law. Clause 47(1) says that any regulations which Ministers may make under Clauses 44 and 45

    ‘have effect notwithstanding any relevant international or domestic law with which they may be incompatible or inconsistent.’

    “Clause 47(8) defines ‘relevant international or domestic law’ to include’: any other legislation, convention or rule of international or domestic law whatsoever.’

    “So whatever Ministers produce by way of regulations cannot be challenged in a court of law on any grounds.”

    Pannick also states:

    “For Ministers to arrogate to themselves such a power, free from judicial control, sets an appalling example to future Governments and, of course, to Governments abroad. As your Lordships’ Constitution Committee, of which I am a member, concluded in its report, HL Paper 151, at paragraph 195:

    ‘If enacted, such an exclusion of the judicial function would put ministerial regulation-making powers above the law in an unprecedented manner. It would be an unacceptable breach of the rule of law’.”

    Scotland really needs to get out of this Union and soon!

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    1. How terrifying. Democracy is already hanging by a thread in UKOK, but it looks like it’s about to be killed off completely by these extremist Brexiters. Isolated little Britain, where the powerful can breach the rule of law at will, definitely time to escape the so called union, Scotland.

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  5. Simple fact is no one wants their granny to die. Kill their granny to drink themselves to death. What’s the sense in that? Beyond stupid. Thank goodness for a vaccine. Coming soon, perhaps. A governments job is to keep people alive and well. Keep citizens safe. That is appreciated

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    1. Not a majority for Major in Scotland certainly, at the time.

      In the future, at a HM Government negotiating strategy meeting after a Yes vote in Major’s independence referendum Part 1: “On this issue we could offer ‘A’ as an agreeable way ahead PM – achieving that would be a win-win for both us and Scotland”.

      Response from across the Cabinet table, from Mr C: “Are you crazy, our ONLY objective is to ensure a No vote in the referendum Part 2. Why would we agree to ANYTHING that might make a Yes vote in Part 2 more likely? No, we dig in: we will be bloody minded! And if despite our best (i.e. our worst) efforts there is nevertheless a Yes vote, we can always do a u-turn later on issue ‘A’ and the rest, and negotiate that win-win with the first government of the independent Scotland. Heads we win, tails we win – perfect”.


  6. No one want their grandad to die either. More likely victim male and over seventy. The average Tory Party member. Voting to die younger.


  7. O/T More from the House of Lords’ debate on the UK Internal Market Bill. Apologies for going on about this but I am struck by its seriousness, by the candidness of the language used by the opponents, across party, in the Lords but by the deafening silence on the subject in the Scottish media.

    For example, this from Baroness Finlay of Llandaff (Cross Bench): “The devolved Governments in Cardiff and Edinburgh are both in favour of retaining this (State Aid) framework in retained EU law. It is a clear system that provides a bulwark against the arbitrary use of public subsidies to support businesses in favour with the Government or to attract investment, something that is a real risk.

    “Having the protection that this current situation affords for the Governments of the smaller nations of these islands is important because, at the end of the day, the UK Government in their “Government of England” mode can always trump any financial incentives that the devolved Administrations could offer in some kind of dog-eat-dog contest. This clause simply feeds the suspicion that, rather than maintaining a level playing field across the UK, this element of the Bill is about giving the Government the maximum freedom to do what they like with the system and channel investment to marginal Conservative seats.”

    And later in her speech: “Finally, I turn to what this clause, like so much else about this Bill, says about the Government’s approach to devolution. Quite simply, it would seem that they do not like it, would prefer it not to exist and want simply to pay lip-service to it.

    “This is a Government that do not seem to tolerate any source of law and public policy that they cannot control and, having removed the rival source of authority of the EU, seem to be gunning for other bodies that have the power to make primary legislation. This is not just distasteful; it is profoundly dangerous for those of us who care deeply about the union. I appeal to the Government to rethink their approach urgently because, otherwise, they will see the country gradually disintegrate in front of their eyes.”

    Reading or watching the output from Scotland’s media most people would believe that NONE of this was happening. But it is and has been for weeks now as the catalogue of quotes below from the British establishment in the Lords reveals.

    Few of these peers are friends of Scotland’s independence cause but they have woken up to the direction of travel in this their ‘precious Union’. They are now becoming all too aware of the threat of ‘one nation’ Tory unionism. I hope more and more in Scotland are becoming ‘aware’ too.

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