We’ve seen enough of this kind of thing. From Tory agriculture minister John Selwyn Gummer (real name) making his 4 year-old daughter eat a burger to prove they were safe, through more recently, Alex Cole-Hamilton rushing to the press after saving his daughter from choking, to the Herald’s Neil Mackay writing about a sex attack on his daughter, minor celebrities use their children to make arguments that would be better made rationally.
BBC Scotland have delighted in this:
Scottish crime author Ian Rankin says his son Kit has been “forgotten” as vaccines were delivered to care homes. The 26-year-old – who has severe learning difficulties – lives in care in Edinburgh, but did not qualify in the first priority group. Rankin told the BBC he believes those in Kit’s circumstance “should have been prioritised”.
What evidence does the crime writer offer us? None. What evidence is there? This, written by real experts at the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation:
Data also indicate that the absolute risk of mortality is higher in those over 65 years than that seen in the majority of younger adults with an underlying health condition. Accordingly, the Committee’s advice largely prioritises based on age.
Rankin is a well-known Unionist and has claimed that his Rebus character would have voted ‘No’, though the actor who played him, Ken Stott, argues the opposite.
I’ve read one Rebus book, many years ago. I’d say the two-dimensional, hackneyed dysfunctional borderline alcoholic was so miserable, he’d have said no to anything other than another drink.