Today, with a typically tasteless photo of a wee boy professionally acting upset about his sums, the Herald presents the Lib Dems fourth freedom of information report in four days to expose Scotland as the most awful place you’d want to live in at this festive time.
They’ve been storing them up for weeks, months now, to splurge them across our uncaring media at Xmas.
In each of the last four days, we’ve had distorted, percentage-free, versions of official data on hoax ambulance calls (0.003%), no increase in stressed police officers (1.3%), depressed nurses (1.17%) and today, 1 child waiting 7 years for ‘mental health treatment‘ (0.001%):
Scotland’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services start treatment for around 4 000 children every three months. The child who has waited for 7 years is, 1 in a 100 000, 0.001%.
Clearly, something needs to be done about the 7-year child, if it can be, but there are so many factors here that we do not know, such that comment is pointless and, crucially, political exploitation is sick.