Plague Diary: Has the Scottish Government Given Up?

Pilate Washes His Hands, painting by Duccio

The Scottish government’s current handling (or absence of handling) of the pandemic has created a terrifying cognitive dissonance.

Of Europe’s nine worst Covid hotspots, seven are in Scotland. The other two are countries, not regions of a country.

With more than 6000 new infections a day, and an average of a dozen deaths a day, and a record ambulance waiting time of more than four hours, our government’s plan is… nothing. Just carry on.

England’s figures are much better than ours, but Boris Johnson, who reportedly said he would rather “let the bodies pile high” than have another lockdown, is, rightly, considering a “firebreak” lockdown in October.

Let us pause and consider that. The English Tory government, led by Boris Johnson, is responding to this plague more skillfully and sensibly than the Scottish government. These are words it feels very strange to write.

The SNP (of which I am a member) clearly knows restrictions should be in place, because, even though party members could now gather unmasked in a club and dance close all night, branch meetings are still being held online, not in person. So party branches are, rightly, defying the policy of our party’s leadership.

Many people in Scotland are still working remotely, which means for-profit businesses are doing more to protect people than the Scottish government is doing.

Nicola Sturgeon and her crew are no longer just showing poor leadership in this crisis. They have effectively abdicated, leaving us to fend for ourselves.

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