Retired Professor of German History, Jill Stephenson (88), is a familiar figure on the letters pages of the Herald and the Scotsman, today she offers us this typically petty and ill-informed comment:
Fewer people in Scotland are in hospital, and fewer are in intensive care, compared with yesterday. The increase in the number of deaths is presumably among people who contracted the virus two, three or even four weeks ago. By far the highest number of new infections is in west and central Scotland. Out of 1,261 new cases, 145 were in NHS Lothian. Yet the Lothians are subject to the same restrictions as west and central Scotland. Further, hospitality venues remain, for the most part, closed. I have yet to see evidence that restaurants, where proprietors made a huge effort to render their premises Covid-safe earlier in the year, are responsible for the transmission of the virus. This is beginning to look as if one part of Scotland, where the heartland of SNP support is, is dictating to the rest of us in the central belt. More and more people are concluding that this is unreasonable – and that being prohibited from having a glass of wine with lunch is yet more evidence of a control freak tendency in the Scottish Government.
For a member of the more vulnerable age group, she’s in a hurry to get back out on the town. She’s right that hospital admissions have been falling for a week or so but to expect any government to be so incautious as to change an area’s level at such speed is unreasonable. Does she have some evidence, from her studies, of the advantages of Nazi health strategies?
As for being unfair to the Lothians, her own patch, again it’s true that not all parts of the Central Belt group have the same infection levels. Ayrshire & Arran too has a lower level than Glasgow or Lanarkshire. It seems likely that as infection levels there seem stubbornly stuck, that they and not Lothians or Ayrshire & Arran will move to level 4. So that’ll be fair to Lothians.
Evidence that restaurants are responsible is unknown to the prof but well known to others:
Restaurants and gyms were spring ‘superspreader’ sites. Occupancy limits could control Covid, new study predicts.
Restaurants and gyms were spring ‘superspreader’ sites. Occupancy limits could control Covid, new study predicts
Finally, control freaks? I suppose when you’ve spent so long studying Nazis, you see totalitarian tendencies everywhere you look. I see an uniquely open, transparent and democratic government trying its best to save lives.
They’re by no means perfect but hey, take a look around.
Stevenson did not sneak by the guards onto the Herald‘s letters page. She is well known to them and with her letters, cynically welcomed as a commercial bonus, she is ushered in respectfully.
Stevenson’s notoriety helps too. Not only is she a member of the anti-democratic group, Scotland in Union, her name is known as the snooty ‘top’ academic who in 2015 called MP Mhairi Black ‘a foul-mouthed slut‘, based on the latter’s accent.
“If electors vote for a foul-mouthed slut like M Black, it says a lot about them and none of it is good.”
A wee Twitter storm developed, ending up with the good professor herself tweeting foul-mouthed that she didn’t “give a flying fuck” and a respondent suggesting that as Unionist she supported paedophiles!
Professor Stephenson’s [former?] expertise is Nazi Germany. She has written on ‘German Christians in the Thuringian Protestant Church (1927-1945)’ and ‘Hitler’s priests, Catholic clergy and National Socialism?’
Stephenson is also a member of a covert letter-writing group with the pretty undemocratic aim to deceive journalists and members of the public and tilt them away from support for the SNP or for independence.
The known membership, including the prof:
Members of Scotland in Union‘s 30-strong, undercover letter-writing group [Geheimnis Schreiben Gruppe or GSG] which ‘must not be advertised’ [above] are popping up regularly in the Scottish media, unchecked and unchallenged, to spread fake news.
Legal or not, this is anti-democratic.
Remember this when you see Stephenson’s name next time.