Does this show the enormity of the decisions those in power take?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-56799729

Minutes after Reporting Scotland staff have concluded their attempt to lay care home deaths at the door of the Scottish Government, the story is relegated, from top-left big, to bottom left small.

From guidance that allegedly was not strict enough according to common sense, to guidance that pub and restaurant-owners declare to be too strict and not common sense.

No internal coherence or consistency of logic or values is required by BBC editors, other than one criterion – is it SNPbad? If it is, it goes in.

Wait, the BBC guidelines for editorial decisions require that they do not rely on only one source. Have they? You bet.

Carina Contini, co-owner of Cantini restaurants in Edinburgh tells us:

She said the rules were completely impractical.

“If I was catering for six people at a table, I would have to have a table that is 3.5m (11ft) long,” she said.

“There is not a restaurant supplier in the country that makes tables that are 3.5m long.

“Elderly couples who may be hard of hearing are going to have to FaceTime themselves over lunch because the distance is so far away.”

A hearing aid will perform to the best of its ability when the person talking is within a distance of approximately one metre from the person wearing the hearing aid.’ https://www.connevans.info/page/theproblemwithhearingaids

She added: “These regulations are now more harmful, more dangerous to our business than Covid itself.”

Hysterical?

11 thoughts on “Does this show the enormity of the decisions those in power take?

    1. Come 26th April it will be interesting if Reporting Scotland visited one of her restaurants to see if she has found some truly ingenious way of managing her ‘table’ problem.

      Whilst there I would expect it would give her a chance to air some other problem.

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    2. “Most restaurants have just one size of table and put two, three or four or more adjacent for bigger groups.”

      That would be “completely impractical” , Alasdair

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  1. News and current affairs journalism that chooses to bring ‘perspective’ will serve the ‘public interest’. And the BBC may even agree – at least on paper! This is from the corporation’s own editorial guidelines:

    “There is no single definition of public interest, but it includes freedom of expression; providing information that ASSISTS PEOPLE TO BETTER COMPREHEND OR MAKE DECISIONS ON MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE; PREVENTING PEOPLE BEING MISLED by the statements or actions of individuals or organisations.” (with my emphasis)

    Source: https://www.bbc.com/editorialguidelines/guidelines/editorial-standards

    Why do these guidelines not apply to BBC Scotland?

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  2. From the perspective of public health ethics, a government’s priority in the face of pandemic, is to secure society from contagion and possible death. From the perspective of the BBC, the priority is to secure British nationalism. So the BBC actually posses a threat to Scotland’s public health, IMHO. As English Torydum does not support public health ethics.

    https://www.e-ir.info/2020/07/28/the-ideological-securitization-of-covid-19-perspectives-from-the-right-and-the-left/

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  3. No one watches the BBC nonsense or believes it. It is a distraction in people’s live. Distanced from any reality or perception of people’s lives. Controlled by Westminster. The sleaze pit of production. The BBC cannot cover up or mitigate the lies and corruption. The BBC make a mockery of biased responsible reporting.

    Publicans and restaurateurs who support the spread of covid will lose good will and custom. They will become pariahs. Remembered for their profits before lives. So many people have suffered. Grime reaper caricature for some of them all over the internet. They are despised.

    The rules and guidelines persistently broken. Leading to a further month’s lockdown. The SNHS were overwhelmed and people died because of them. Councils illegally giving licensing permission for donations.

    Joining up tables at restaurants is common practice. Instead of killing people, Most hoteliers and restaurateurs follow the rules and guidelines. If they want repeat business and good will. They can get organised and do take away. Many do. Packed out. Following rules and guidelines.

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  4. “No internal coherence or consistency of logic or values is required by BBC editors, other than one criterion – is it SNPbad? If it is, it goes in.”
    – Exactly, but you neglected to mention it’s true purpose being open for HYS comments, as of now 863 comments with over 200 likes for the most SG/SNP negative.
    It’s the dial-a-mob gambit.

    “She added: “These regulations are now more harmful, more dangerous to our business than Covid itself. – Hysterical?” – Aye, but entirely consistent with HMS Sarah Smith’s output…

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    1. “She added: ‘These regulations are now more harmful, more dangerous to our business than Covid itself.'”

      Surely most people hearing that – especially about the 11ft table – would just think what I did. “Can’t they push tables together?”

      Perhaps their tables are round? Now that *is* completely impractical…

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      1. @john

        WHAT? An extra piece of wood?!

        Have you taken leave of your senses?

        These people are struggling to cope as it is!

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