Reporting Scotland at their worst tonight, finding an opportunity to headline a passing comment in Dominic Cumming’s demolition of the UK Government’s pandemic response, out of context and without any explanation.
Why did the FM give up on the flawed 4 Nations Approach? Obviously, as Cummings made clear it was dysfunctional with an insane herd immunity theory and a PM distracted by trivia but also Scotland had limited influence on decisions.
See this from the Guardian in April 2020:
At a briefing in Edinburgh, Sturgeon said the exclusion of scientists from the devolved administrations from Sage had prompted her to set up her own panel of advisers. The Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish governments do not have full membership of Sage.
Sturgeon said she felt some time ago this policy meant she was unable to directly question or test the scientific and technical advice being presented, undermining her ability to find the right policies for Scotland.
That situation improved, she said, when she appointed Prof Andrew Morris, a Sage member and a medical data scientist at the University of Edinburgh, to lead a Scottish science advisory group that reports directly to her. Morriswas formerly the part-time chief scientific adviser to the Scottish government’s health department.
“We now have a situation where the chair of the advisory group here in Scotland does participate fully in Sage, and that has helped to, I think, deal with a deficiency that I certainly felt was there at the outset,” Sturgeon said during her daily coronavirus briefing.