Macwhirter has previous on ‘Sturgeon’, lots of it. He resents what he sees as a dictatorial tendency from a democratically elected and popular leader and terms her, revealingly, ‘headmistress.’
Note the preference for ‘mistress’ at a time when everyone who has been awake for the last 50 years knows to called them ‘headteacher.’
I’m reminded of a wee boy, in a old body, with a problem perhaps resulting from an over-strict mommy or nanny. There are quite a few like him in the Scottish MSM. Misogyny, immaturity, huffiness, all seem to be playing a part in their writing.
First, of course, the FM did not say what Macwhirter accused her of. She said:
I don’t know what Boris Johnson said or didn’t say, so it’s probably not appropriate to comment on it in any detail other than to say nobody in a position like mine or Boris Johnson’s should be glib about human life, whether about a young person, adult or older person. There is a heavy responsibility on us and no decision can save every live. Any leader who doesn’t take that seriously should be asking themselves if they are fit for office.
And, of course, the care home deaths comment, he surely knows that is a giant fib. For the umpteenth time, Jeanne Freeman (Don’t cry Iain, I haven’t told her) made sure that, unlike England, Scotland followed the JCVI guidelines to the letter, vaccinated care home staff and residents in December 2020, before all other groups, regardless of logistical problems with the Pfizer jag and, as a result, had only 50% of the death rate in English care homes. Even in the first wave, Stirling University research revealed a significantly lower death rate in Scottish care homes.
Finally, not for the first time, he called him a genius in December 2020, Macwhirter reveals a boyish admiration for Johnson:
Gifted essayist? I say, most impressive! He can rule me any time.
Just ‘comes over as callous’, isn’t revealed by his words to actually be callous?
Has the honesty to admit he is not a master of detail? So, if you don’t do the job of PM properly and thousands die as a result, just admit it and all is forgiven as long as the admission is well-written, witty?
I may not be a gifted essayist but I can smell something.