After months of watching Scotland’s media accuse the SNP Government of destroying the hospitality industry and platforming night club and pub owners as experts in virology and epidemiology, I wondered how the media in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands might react to the latest fourth wave lockdowns there fuelled by millions of people who refused to be vaccinated and by political leaders who have allowed the opening up of nightclubs.
Spiegel has blamed the politicians for not doing what the Scottish Government has done, delaying opening up of nightclubs until vaccination levels were high enough and vaccine passports were in place and continuing to require face coverings in public places including schools:
Spiegel seems to have no links to nightclub or bar owners ready to come on and rant against pandemic measures aimed at saving lives. Bild, Frankfurter Allgemeine and Die Welt, similarly, seem not to know any bar or nightclub owners with degrees in virology.
Highly qualified bar and club owners prepared to advise government on pandemic control seems to be a uniquely Scottish thing.