The Scottish Government is working on steps to save lives, fully backed by expert opinion and in concert with nearly every other European nation, including England, and Reporting Scotland spend much of the first report on business opposition, before any actual announcement.
This of course, echoes, opposition parties’ political comments yesterday.
In the teeth of a stubborn pandemic why do we get this supposed ‘balance’ from a partisan and uneducated group? What next, anti-vaxxers, anti-face-covering groups, birchers?
Then we’re off to NHS Lanarkshire, once more, to hear they’re working at full capacity and can’t deliver the care ‘they want to.’ They even tell us that there are only 100 Covid cases compared to over 350 in January but don’t wonder how the 100 can now be ‘full capacity all the time.’
Not being able to do everything all the time? Isn’t that always true?
Third, it’s a return to a regular report on another health story. Elgin’s Dr Gray’s doesn’t have a consultant-led maternity service and one in four babies are born in Aberdeen. Here are Scotland’s consultant-led maternity units:
Where there are no complications, 75% of Moray babies are delivered in Elgin. No doubt, similar levels are common in, say, Wick or Fort William or Stranraer or Hawick. Is there anything special about Elgin or is this just another feed from a Tory MP/MSP/linesman?
Finally, it’s children designing Christmas street decorations. The SNP Government is not accused of budget cuts causing this.
So, three reports, all three with implied Scottish Government failure, selected by an editorial team, for many many other stories out there. Three reports triggering a generalised anxiety in the elderly, the pregnant, the vulnerable and those connected to them. The anxious tend not to vote for change feeling better together regardless of the evidence.
We’re all a bit more anxious first thing. Theses reports, at that time, have the power of nightmares.