It’s all about choices. The editor and the senior reporters at Pacific Quay know what to do, what to choose. Sensing the scavenger breath of the Scottish Tories on their necks and knowing how best to get on, in this state broadcaster, they don’t even consider these two key facts which the public has a right to know:
- Yesterday, NHS England did 20% fewer vaccinations than Scotland.
- NHS Scotland is behind England because it has now vaccinated 98% of care home residents. We still don’t have reliable data from NHS England. Already, deaths in English care homes are surging to higher levels than in Scotland. More on this in a few days when I have firmer evidence.
Instead we got:
The latest figures show a rise in the number of daily vaccinations being carried out but there are still concerns that Scotland isn’t keeping pace with the rest of the UK.
These concerns are, of course, only in the minds of opposition politicians and reporters. No opinion poll backs up that assertion.
35 000 Scots received a dose of the vaccine in a single day on Monday, the highest daily rate so far but Nicola Sturgeon is likely to face questions this afternoon about why Scotland has vaccinated proportionally less (sic) of its population than all other UK nations.
and finishing with a reference to Alister Jack and military assistance.
This is one of the better (worst) examples of bias by selection aimed at undermining the SNP government, I’ve seen, and in the early days of the next election run-up.
Even after all this time, I can still be shocked and angered by the naked dishonesty.
This is all about comparison with England, as it was with drug deaths, yet when comparisons with Scotland’s lower Covid death rate, infection rate, lower hospital death rate, lower hospital-onset rate or many other indicators of NHS Scotland’s superior performance such as better A&E, IVF, drug treatment or patient satisfaction, are published, comparisons become somehow inappropriate or just go missing.
Why wasn’t the ‘highest daily rate’ of 35 000 compared with that of the rest of the UK on the same day? Because it was much higher. Not in the public interest.
Like baby hospital deaths and pigeon poo infections before, they’ll run with this one and even when we catch-up that won’t be good enough.
When the truth of the second sacrifice of the elderly in English care homes emerges in the non-Tory press in England, listen to the silence here.