Kevin McKenna repeats care home deaths lie

Kevin McKenna
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I’ve lost track of how many time the Herald’s Kevin McKenna has fiddled with the truth to support an attack on the SNP. In a piece today about trans, the people not that business about eating and drinking the messianic corpse, he repeats another myth:

Can McKenna just keep on bearing false witness because his faith enables easy forgiveness? It’s not a cardinal sin,.

Again, I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve countered that myth about hospital discharges causing care home outbreaks but, one more time quickly:

  1. There is no evidence at all that any of the discharges of hospital cases into care homes caused any of the outbreaks in those homes.
  2. There are repeated research reports showing that agency staff working in more than one of the, especially, larger corporate-owned homes did, unwittingly, cause the outbreaks.

Here’s the evidence again:

  1. The charitable MHA with a presence in Scotland did research into its own homes and discovered this: Large numbers of staff could have been unknowingly spreading coronavirus through care homes, according to the UK’s largest charitable care home provider. Data from MHA shows 42% of its staff members who recently tested positive were not displaying symptoms. Nearly 45% of residents who had a positive test were also asymptomatic. The MHA Chief Executive said: I think it’s very difficult not to see that the only real way that this can have come into our homes is through staff picking it up, just through the community contacts they would have had. I think that is what is so hard for all our staff, because they care. But if they don’t know they’ve contracted the virus, how can you manage this?
  2. We know from BBC Scotland’s own report that the Skye care home outbreak was associated with ‘a large dependency on agency staff‘:
  3. Former BBC Scotland Head of News, John Boothman, now at the Times, wrote: HC-One, Britain’s largest care home chain and the operator of Home Farm, faces allegations that it paid insufficient heed to the [Scottish] government’s lockdown by parachuting workers in from as far away as Kent, 645 miles away, to plug staff shortages in a sector where pay is notoriously poor.
  4. An ONS study of 9 081 care homes in England found this: These emerging findings reveal some common factors in care homes with higher levels of infections amongst residents.These include prevalence of infection in staff, some care home practices such as more frequent use of bank or agency nurses or carers, and some regional differences (such as higher infection levels within care homes in London and the West Midlands). There is some evidence that in care homes where staff receive sick pay, there are lower levels of infection in residents.
  5. There’s a Welsh report saying the same thing but you’ve probably had enough.

Any more of this and I’m reporting him to Richard Dawkins.

23 thoughts on “Kevin McKenna repeats care home deaths lie

  1. McKenna was a Celtic View editor of limited ability who got lucky. His career in Scottish journalism is proof of the old adage: scum rises to the top, and “shite floats.”

    He’s an unreconstructed old Labour true believer – Brian Wilson with limited additional charm. He really ought to be sitting in the posh seats at Celtic Park, railing against an unfair world. The current travails of his beloved team are not helping his mood.

    As you may have guessed, I have no time for him. He’s a bawbag.

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  2. McKenna no more knew then than now the SAGE led 4-Nations approach would turn care-homes into “mortuaries”, he is clearly more concerned with filling column inches with hyperbole and SG bashing than analytic journalism.
    No matter how lax or vigilant individual care-homes have been in controlling infections, this virus continues to show up even today with devastating consequence, and that despite all the additional safeguards put in place.
    Vaccines will hopefully prove a game-changer for these most vulnerable, but nobody really knows how long it will last etc.. Future gold for McKenna to mine to sell as column inches informing none.

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  3. McKenna is a false flag operator–whether just to keep a job, or something more sinister is unknown.
    His ONLY target is the SNP, something he shares with another Herod “YES” fraud, Neil McKay.

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  4. “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.”

    Marcus Tullius Cicero

    Beware the Scots who speak to our argument but makes sly whispers.

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      1. Thanks Alex for the recollection. The wonderful quote from Cunninghame Graham – from 1930 – merits repetition again and again, and in full:

        “The enemies of Scottish Nationalism are not the English, for they were ever a great and generous folk, quick to respond when justice calls. Our real enemies are among us, born without imagination.”

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    1. Julia
      And one wonders as to who the real mafia is
      Such a comment was said to me during a prolonged visit to Palermo in Scilly
      By a guy who was in my mind a member of them
      He said take a look down the streets, alleys
      and even in the small country side farms,vine yards and olive groves, come back and tell me what you see
      Well i did and told him of what I had observed
      Was many small operations, tailors ,shoe makers,leather works, clothing and fashion,
      Restaurants the list went on and on
      He then said why do you think that is
      I replied do not know
      His retort just like back home for you did you see farms of 10000,s of acres,large supermarkets,large retail chains,shoe and clothes manufactures on and on he went
      I said no none of that back home
      He then said did you notice how many people
      All these small businesses were using and given work to
      I said yes a very lot of people working
      Good came his retort because back home for you the real mafia are the large land owners,supermarkets,high st.chain stores
      Who and how do you think none of that here
      I said no idea
      He replied because we tell these so called big shots do not even attempt to start up here because we will blow you up just before opening
      What you have seen is many people employed and small family businesses operating and all happy
      So when you go back home do not believe your masters and what they tell you how things should be done and how terrible the Mafia are


  5. As one of your many supporters, I’m somewhat disappointed in your use of the word ‘myth’ in the above post. There is an impression that you are treating the doctrine of transubstantiation as a myth which would be offensive to many Catholics, myself included although I have to admit I’m probably more of a Catholic agnostic these days. I’m sure that on past form you meant no offence, but perhaps be a wee bit more sensitive in future?


    1. AARON
      No I do not read
      Nonetheless especially due to the recent episodes of panic buying
      It would be useful to place it upon the toilet roll holder
      But methinks such a fate for it is insuffice


  6. Even if the elderly had stayed in hospital they could have died. It is the elderly or people with underlying conditions who are more likely to die. Scotland has done a better job (pro rata) in keeping people alive.

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  7. Those with an interest in supporting good public health in Scotland could do a lot worse than checking out “A systemic resilience approach to dealing with Covid-19 and future shocks”, published by the OECD.


  8. Blair MacDougall agrees with “Union Jock” Murray:–
    Boris poses a “greater threat to the UK than any nationalist does”.

    But of course Boris IS a nationalist– and English nationalist.

    Just as MacDougall and Murray are British nationalists—the nationalism that dare not speak its name!

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  9. Journalists in Scotland have done a sterling job in exposing themselves to both sides of the argument as gossiping frauds who mischaracterize the truth in order to sell a lie

    In that they have been successful, like rats are

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