Perhaps still annoyed by having more complaints than any other BBC show in recent history, after his last interview with the First Minister, and realising that his clearance by the BBC was just another unconvincing whitewash, Marr opened grudgingly and still dishonestly with:
The death rate is now below England.
Now? Well since November 23rd, after being roughly the same for the whole pandemic period other than the only four weeks his staff found in October, and currently at only half the rate.
In what seems now like an official line, he repeats the accusation that Scotland is behind England on vaccinations.
This time, she is clearly well-prepared and in the first of several short sharp jabs, she points out the facts that viewers need to hear. She restrains from a knockout blow, however. That the English strategy is already showing signs of producing a second wave of deaths in care homes due to their delay, is not mentioned.
Then, Marr repeats the Douglas Ross misinformation about alleged unused stocks. Again, prepared, she jabs him with the facts on the UK warnings about not publishing supply figures.
Then, Marr uses an out-of-date quote from the BMA rep Andrew ‘party-going’ Buist. She jabs Marr with a more up-to-date one and reminds him of accusations in England of Matt Hancock’s own patchy supply to doctors.
Finally, well in control this time, she returns to the 95% care home figure. He tries to cut her off but:
And then it was on to Salmondgate.
I switched off.