On Question Time last night, after Dr Philippa Whitford had made a general and constructive point about the NHS, all parts of it, being still open and making no comparison with Scotland’s better data, Bruce pounced:
And, Phillipa, let’s talk about Scotland for a moment because large parts of Scotland, I mean, the Central Belt, the most populous areas of Scotland, have been pretty much in lockdown since September and yet the Scottish Government has admitted, as has around the UK, that Covid is running out of control, so what’s gone wrong?
This was prepared. It’s a lie. It’s an agenda to try to present Scotland and the Scottish Government as not having done any better despite the data showing far lower infection and death rates.
Whitford had no option but to point that out and Bruce pounced again with the above.
Faced with the fact that the death rate in Scotland too is currently half the level of England, Bruce adopted Andrew Marr’s strategy of making a selective and irrelevant comparison with an earlier period.
Again Whitford was able to counter but Bruce’s work was done. What will viewers remember?
Finally, ‘out of control?’ Try searching for ‘Scottish government covid out of control.‘
I found one case only in the First Minister’s speech on the 19th December. The word ‘control’ appears 4 times:
- 4 weeks ago, London’s cases were very low too – and now they are running out of control.
- But if we act now, we have a chance of keeping this situation under control while the vaccination programme continues to makes progress and get case numbers back to very low levels again.
- The situation of the new strain though means that until we are sure it is firmly under control – until we are sure we are not facing the same situation as the south of England or Wales – we must slightly change our plans for how schools operate after the Christmas period.
- After that, assuming we are confident we have the virus under control we will aim to reopen schools fully but at least until the 18 January, schools will go online only other than for the children of key workers and the most vulnerable.
Bruce’s claim is a clear lie.