As BBC Scotland fussed over single cases with parents presented as the experts in how a vaccination programme should be run, a major scandal in English care homes was ignored. We now know that the death rate in these homes is twice as high as in Scottish care homes due to the UK Government’s failure to vaccinate care home residents first and before all other groups. Thousands have died unnecessarily.
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The only real attention to the Scottish Government’s success in this prioritising has come in First Minister’s briefings where following the JCVI advice has been offered as an explanation for the lower overall percentage vaccinated in Scotland in the first few weeks.
The Ipsos MORI poll on 25-26 February with 923 Scots, the first with a No lead (1%) for almost a year, contains within its depths evidence of an awareness that the UK Government has been successful in overall rollout, a lack of awareness of the care home deaths, of differences in vaccination strategy between the two governments and perhaps more than the Alex Salmond controversy, the suggestion of a contributory factor in any fall in support for independence.
I was shocked by one particular set of data but first on this question:
Overall, how well or badly do you think each of the following have handled the coronavirus outbreak so far?
we get 30% thinking the UK Government has done ‘well’ and 54% thinking ‘badly’ while for the Scottish Government, it’s 67% ‘well’ and 18% ‘badly.’
So far, so predictable? Professors Sridhar, Bauld and others have been on TV often enough to get that general message across.
And on the question:
Do you think the UK [or Scottish] Government has done a good job or bad job at – Making sure different groups of the population are vaccinated as soon as possible?
we get 75% to 17% feeling the UK Government has done a good job and 78% to 18% feeling the Scottish Government has done a good job.
Perhaps on a positive note, this suggests that Boris Johnson’s attempts to claim the vaccine success for the UK and suggest it is a gift to Scotland, have not had much impact, but on this question:
Do you think the UK [or Scottish] Government has done a good job or bad job at – Making sure different groups of the population are vaccinated in the right order?
we get 72% to 19% feeling the UK Government has done a good job and 78% to 18% feeling the Scottish Government has done a good job.
With twice the death rate in English care homes and a clear decision not to follow expert advice, the UK Government, clearly and objectively did a very bad job on ‘Making sure different groups of the population are vaccinated in the right order‘ yet 72% of Scots feel they did well.
Even among SNP voters, 68% agreed.
I’m often highly skeptical about negative media effects and seriously doubt the much-discussed rumours of damage to the SNP from the recent blanket coverage of the Alex Salmond case, but if voters are not told of UK Government failures, then that seems to be quite effective in protecting it.