This is the man thought by several commentators to have done well in the campaign, telling a monstrous lie.
In the Herald:
Nicola Sturgeon is guilty of worse mistakes than the UK Government in her handling of the pandemic, Anas Sarwar has said. The Scottish Labour leader said the First Minister deserved credit for some aspects of the Scottish Government’s response, but also got “some major, major things wrong”.
His exact words:
On some of the big issues, she has made the same mistakes as the UK Government, and in the case of the care homes made worse mistakes.
For that to be true, for Boris Johnson to have made better choices on care homes, what evidence might he need?
In the first wave, Scotland had to follow the SAGE advice as part of the 4 Nations approach until the devolution of powers at the end of March, yet by its end in the Summer of 2020, Stirling University research revealed a far higher death rate in care homes in England.
In the second wave, as England chose not to follow the JCVI advice to the letter and vaccinate all care home residents as quickly as possible, based on ONS and NRS data, they suffered twice the death rate.
Over the whole pandemic, for all groups, UK Government data show England’s death rate to have been 36% higher.
Of course, Sarwar, wishes to ignore all that and focus instead on his ‘common sense’ analysis of the discharges from hospital into care homes allegedly causing the outbreaks we know were caused by the over-use of agency staff in under-staffed, over-crowded, corporate homes. But, even if we, for only a moment forget that, ‘worse mistakes’ than Boris on hospital discharges? Sarwar knows this:
PMQs: PM told to justify moving patients into care homes
Boris Johnson was under pressure last night to justify his claim that there was a system of testing for patients discharged from hospitals into care homes. The prime minister rejected an allegation from Labour that he had misled MPs over official guidance which said that infection of residents was “very unlikely”. He told the Commons that it was “not true that the advice said that” and he claimed that the government “had a system of testing people going into care homes”.
A man who will tell a lie likely to cause deep emotional upset in the relatives of the dead is not a man to be trusted in government.
He affects the manner of the Sixth-year prefect, trusted by the Head Teacher, but it’s all a performance concealing thoughts and behaviour, worse than that of Douglas Ross.