Scottish experts such as professors Bauld and Sridhar are strongly supportive of the Scottish Government’s strategy for school re-opening. The Unionist parties are split, with the Tories wanting to go faster and Labour working with the EIS to suggest it’s too fast and risky.
Today, BBC Scotland feels no need to resolve this for viewers but just hops conveniently from one position to the other, knowing both are SNP-bad positions.
Knowing that Bauld and Sridhar will defend the Scottish government strategy on this, they, once more dig up Dr Gurdasani from London to say it’s wrong and dangerous.
In February, Gurdasani, keen to develop her profile, was all over BBC Scotland and the Herald, arrogantly telling us what to do, up here.
Dr Deepti Gurdasani of Queen Mary University of London is not the first English academic brought on to BBC Scotland, ignorant of the new context they find themselves in, but quickly applying their opinions as if they somehow know better. Do they ever wonder why no Scottish academic has been consulted?
Gurdasani makes no pretence of presenting her data as even UK-wide, clearly content that things up there are probably just the same as in the English cities from which her data derive.
Gurdasani says that in the data she is seeing, in England, primary school age children ‘had the highest prevalence of all age groups.’
Might the far higher infection levels across England and far far higher in inner cities with large minority populations, a prevalence of over-crowded vertical families and a deep distrust of government, affect the extent to which children in schools are likely to be infected and to infect family members?
The Scottish Government has its own team of expert advisers and bases its actions upon their independent advice. Why should they listen to one researcher, no harm to her, helicoptered in to contradict the Scottish Government and to undermine, irresponsibly, public confidence?
There is, of course now, another factor which I’m guessing Gurdasani knows nothing of – football.
While the Chief Medical Officer did say that it was too early to get a full picture of the impact of the celebrations in George Square on the 28th February, he did note that we are seeing increases in ‘those areas’ most obviously geographically connected to the events, in Glasgow, Lanarkshire and Ayrshire and that the contact and trace interview teams are picking up references to it.