In a supposed ‘premium’ report from the Herald’s Writer at Large, Neil Mackay:
IT should come as no surprise in this age of hypocrisy, that those among us who shout the most about how special and empathetic Scotland is as a nation, should turn out, when the crunch comes, to be the least kind, the most lacking in consideration, the last to offer sympathy.
Right now, teachers in Scotland are terrified for their health and wellbeing. With vast swathes of the country back in lockdown, teachers, like nurses and police officers, have to man the frontline, unlike most of us. They’re at risk in their own packed classes. Would any of the rest of us happily spend every day in a closed room with up to 33 other human beings, with no chance of effective social distancing? Quite simply teachers believe their lives are at risk. The Scottish Government has shown it just doesn’t care – but what makes this issue all the more distressing for teachers is that most of the public don’t seem to give a damn either.
His evidence? A tiny handful of tweets by people he decides are SNP supporters whom he has lost track of. How do you lose track of single figures?
This notion that there is much shouting about how special and empathetic Scotland is as a nation is another urban myth or ‘straw man’, like the hospital discharge/care home deaths story, which is set-up to provide an easy target for knocking down on the way to claiming your salary at large.
So, recognising that many of you have seen this before just links to real evidence that some teacher’s union leaders are over-reacting and, below that, real evidence of differences in Scotland and England’s dominant social values: