It’s the eve of Vaccination Day, the first day of the end of the pandemic (we hope), and the Scottish Government top team appeared at today’s Covid press briefing. The First Minister, the Health Secretary and the Chief Medical Officer radiated a Xmas Eve spirit of expectation.
The press wanted early details of any changes to the tiers of Covid restrictions and got none plus more on the roll-out of the vaccination programme, which they got.
Our papers review include Stephen Paton in the National, James Foley in the Source, Stuart Campbell in Wings and Ruth Wishart in the National.
Care Homes, Schools and Xmas were the hacks obsessions today at the Covid Briefing. ‘I’m not going to speculate’ ‘I’m not going to comment on an email I haven’t read’ said the FM, as the hyenas (sorry cream of the Scottish press) attempted to put words in her mouth.
The suicide of Labour in Scotland gets discussed plus an excellent Ruth Wishart article roasting the Unionists.
A short press briefing had hacks trolling for headlines.
‘Your F.A.C.T.S message is too complex” says Jack Frost. ‘Only coz you lot aren’t doing your job’ says the FM. ‘Your stuck with a failed UK test system aren’t you?’ says Conor Matchet. ‘Are you going to shut the schools?’ ‘Will the Police get info about people self isolationing.
Then we follow with a bad tempered ‘debate’ about Andrew Wilson, Ben Wray, Mike Small, George Kerevan and Ruth Wishart about what an Indy Scotland could/should be like.
The new BBC SNPBaad show launched with a glitch. Watching on BBC Scotland, the only place to see the entire briefing, we missed the awkward contribution from DRoss, broadcast only on BBC 1 Scotland, who clearly hadn’t seen or heard the FM live. After checking the recording it was pity time for Douglas. Now that the briefing is inside a politics show there is nothing to stop the FM ‘being political’. Thanks BBC.
The important Covid briefing alerted us to new restrictions/measures to be announced within 48 hours by the FM.
We cover Stuart Campbell’s accusation of Dani Garavelli lying in her Sunday article as she claimed Alex Salmond had tried to stop vital documents being revealed.
Ruth Wishart tells the young to back Indy to secure the freedoms her/our generation enjoyed.
Dr Elliot Bulmer suggests a constitutional solution to the independence referendum impasse.
At the press briefing the FM stressed and re-assured us that the rise in Covid infections is important. The restrictions review due this week could see stricter rules. The story about the Johnson government prepared to break the EU Withdrawal Agreement and trash the Brexit Treaty gets coverage. The potential of other trade deals especially with the USA comes up. The ignorance of respected journalist Will Hutton reveals the paucity of understanding Scottish politics in London. Ruth Wishart roasts the London based Scottish dinosaurs and their blood & soil referendum franchise.
Limited press briefing coverage of a relaxed FM Sturgeon but an intense connected discussion covering; ============================================================= Ruth Wishart on the dark forces promoting the March on Holyrood/Saving Scotland rallies in Edinburgh and Glasgow Green on Saturday 5th. with David Icke reptiles, Covid deniers, anti-5g and fascists….. Iain Lawson on the economic collapse of our city centres. SKY poll reveals footfall in August only 17% of normal and predict 80% non return of home workers. Invest in Fife? Merkel’s refugee gamble pays off in Germany but the BBC wont tell you that. Geo Kerevan cautions us about Geo Galloway the indefatigable disrupter allied with Gove and Cummings spending money from Steve Bannon. ScotTory Douglas Ross gets grilled and toasted by BBCs Gary Robertson.Who knew?
It’s a magazine of content today. Started with George Kerevan, Kenny MacAskill, Wings, Peter A Bell, SNP NEC, a savvy FM Sturgeon, Peter Murrell, Ruth Wishart, no SNP mutiny, more Unionist dirty tricks, UDI, renegotiate the Union and a wee rammie.. Dig in guys. Oh! And chaos.
We cover the quarantine checks and border issues that bothered the Scottish press at today’s low key Government briefing. Didn’t she do well.”You can come to Scotland and feel safe here” I wonder where it’s not safe? Johnson government power grabs worry us and so we cover the threats to the Scottish CAP replacement and the proposed “UK market leveller” legislation which emasculates Holyrood. Rise up! Scottish Labour slips in somehow. Why? Weekend polls get an airing, especially an idea that a Salmond “list” party might do well. Some heat in that debate… Brexit rears up. It still matters. Doom!