Imagine, you’re in a leftist pro-independence campaigning group.
You hear the leaders of the Scottish Conservatives, Labour and Lib Dems telling outright lies every day in a desperate attempt to cling onto their diminishing support and to undermine the independence movement by constructing fake evidence of the SNP administration’s supposed incompetence.
You can see, under their rule in England and Wales, the shocking proof in lives lost, of their own parties’ inability to fight a pandemic.
You read reports across the media making the same distorted arguments.
You watch English MPs regularly abusing democratically elected representatives of the Scottish people.
You see in repeated opinion polls, strong and growing support for the SNP.
So, what do you do to further the cause of independence which you claim to support?
You, with a tiny support base, attack the SNP administration because you find fault with something they do in government or because they don’t listen to your advice because they think having more than 70 times the support of your RISE electoral alliance, allows them to do so.
Today, you join those same opposition leaders and media in the campaign, led by the Sun’s Chris Musson, to attack the performance record of the Test and Protect system fighting to control outbreaks. With them you try to lower public confidence with the inevitable impact on compliance and risk to lives.
I’ve done this before, today, but one more time, here are the facts:
Fact 1: In May, SAGE called for 80% of positive cases contacted within 48hours: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/888807/S0402_Thirty-second_SAGE_meeting_on_Covid-19_.pdf
There is no 24 hour target.
Fact 2: The Sun’s Chris Musson claimed that: Corrected data shows that in five of eight weeks in September and October, Test and Protect staff failed to contact about half of positive cases within 24 hours of being notified of swab results but he was wrong to use the 24 hour ‘target’ as no such target has ever been agreed.
Fact 3: In the weeks Musson chose, the percentage contacted within 48 hours was:
Week ending: %
6 Sept: 81.7%
13 : 86.8%
4 Oct: 79.7%
Fact 4: Even if we accepted the 24 hour ‘target’, Musson was wrong as only in 2 weeks, 27 Sep and 4 Oct, did Test and Protect staff fail to contact 50% or more in 24 hours.