In 2015, the editor of the National, Richard Walker, told the Guardian that they would feel free to attack the SNP. Regulars like Kevin McKenna and Michael Fry, make much of that position, with ill-informed and biased reporting which can only damage the cause.
In March, Fry even suggested that Scotland had had more Covid deaths than rUK: https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2021/03/30/the-nationals-michael-fry-dishonestly-suggests-scotland-has-had-more-covid-deaths/
Today, we see:
SCOTLAND has the only government in the world which, while seeking freedom from an unfriendly parent state, is also asking it to send in troops to tackle a domestic crisis.
Yes, soldiers of the British army will be drafted in to drive ambulances in an effort to deal with the present unprecedented pressure on the National Health Service. It’s only September, and a mild September at that, yet in their crammed wards and at their besieged entrances our hospitals are already facing conditions otherwise only familiar from a frozen January.https://www.thenational.scot/politics/19593346.nhs-may-end-effectively-privatising/
Look at that language. These are Scottish soldiers.
Also, look at the acceptance of a crisis situation in Scottish hospitals, the narrative that BBC Scotland and the National’s neighbours in the Herald are pushing as part of a proxy war against the SNP.
This is all wrong. No doubt, NHS Scotland is under pressure in some areas but admissions are only half what they were in February 2021 and infection levels are falling.
NHS Scotland has significantly more beds, nurses and doctors, per head of population, than other parts of the UK.
I won’t list the sources here again. Read my earlier posts on these matters.