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If a member of the Japanese royal family had died last year, would Nicola Sturgeon now travel to Tokyo for their memorial?

If not, then why did she postpone giving her Covid update today (another record-breaking day for hospitalisations in Scotland) to travel to London to appear, maskless, at a memorial for Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey?

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Witnessing Violence, Executions, Donald Trump & Leaving the USA

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Five years ago today, I left America, where I had lived since 1995, and returned to Scotland. But the process of leaving America started decades before I lived there.

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A week into September, I wrote about the cognitive dissonance caused by the Scottish government’s washing its hands of any leadership role in the pandemic. I pointed out that branch meetings of the SNP (of which I am a member) were being held online, but that people were free to gather in clubs unmasked.

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In the weeks since the Scottish government decided to pretend the pandemic is no longer happening, daily infections have been in the thousands, and, accordingly, there have been deaths from the plague.

The TRNSMT music festival went ahead, and it lived up to its name, causing 551 infections. As the Gaelic poet babs nicgriogair remarked, “It does what it says on the tin.”

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

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Today, a walk downtown from Maryhill was baffling but not surprising. The outdoor seatings of restaurants and cafés along Great Western Road were packed; no masks, no social distancing, patrons and staff alike. Most people walking the pavement in groups behaved the same. There was a smattering of people wearing masks and dodging others to maintain a safe distance, but they were the minority.

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Scotland recorded 5021 new Covid cases in the last 24 hours. And there are no plans to resume restrictions.

Nicola Sturgeon “urges” us to get vaccinated, wear face coverings, keep to hygiene measures, stay a safe distance away from others, stay outdoors if possible and ventilate spaces.

But only if we want to.

This reminds me of how, last December, she asked us to “perhaps think about” not killing people.

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Pieter Bruegel's The Triumph of Death reflects the social upheaval and terror that followed plague, which devastated medieval Europe

In Scotland, who is winning the battle between magical thinking and reality?

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