BBC News website on its Scotland pages today has an article entitled: ‘Cancellation avalanche fears over vaccine passports’.
Now it’s one thing for this ‘public service’ organisation to amplify the commercial concerns of a company, in this case the Signature group of pubs/restaurants, but this BBC article goes way beyond that.
It gives a platform to a Ms McLean who ‘runs 20 bars’ to express her views not just on business concerns but also on public health matters – on the role of vaccination in the management of a pandemic and on virus transmission.
I’m also obliged (!) to BBC Scotland for passing on this conclusion: “Ms Maclean believes pub and restaurant-goers WILL QUESTION THE POINT of vaccine certification.’ (my emphasis) Based on the public health knowledge she cites?
On potential further government action aimed at suppressing the virus, Ms McLean asserts: “which it’s not going to do anyway.”
Having failed to balance this ‘expert’ public health opinion from the Signature group with input from credible public health expertise within the same article, BBC Scotland goes further in its ‘public service’ by opening this article up to btl comments with some predictable results.
Footnote from Ed:
Limited effect of previous lockdowns: Total insolvencies are now a third of the level in 2012 and just over half that in the months before the pandemic emerged (Q4 2019).