Sturgeon Challenged Over Care Home Deaths

Sophy Ridge gave Sturgeon her first proper grilling in a long time this morning. It’s worth watching her follow up questions…

Unlike Nicola to avoid answering a direct question…

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Shadow Cabinet Minister Says Boris is Unfairly Getting Blame for Coronavirus Failures

Labour’s Shadow Scottish Secretary Ian Murray used a Zoom call last week to complain about unfair attacks on Boris Johnson’s handling of Brexit; arguing Scotland’s failings are comparatively worse than England’s failings, yet the media continues to lavish praise on Nicola Sturgeon’s handling of the pandemic. Awkward truths he didn’t repeat on Question Time last night… 

During the Zoom call with a local London Labour branch, Murray also:

  • Complained “Boris gets the blame and not Nicola Sturgeon”.
  • Says the handling of Coronavirus in Scotland is “worse than what’s happening in England”
  • Suggested Sturgeon has unfairly blamed Boris for her own failures; mocking her approach as “look at me, I’m the strong leader, I’m making all these wonderful decisions on behalf of Scotland, and we’re doing much better than the English, but no responsibility for everything, it’s all Boris’s fault”
  • Singled out Robert Peston and Kay Burley’s “absolutely deplorable” praise of Sturgeon’s handling of Coronavirus
  • Claimed the media praise Sturgeon “without knowing anything about it”

The Starmerbot will be thankful Boris can’t fire back with these quotes at PMQs while Parliament’s in recess…

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MSP Mocked by Scottish Parliament for Questioning Lockdown Croquet Rules

As Nicola Sturgeon outlined plans to liberalise the lockdown even further than Boris has in England, Tory MSP Tom Mason had his finger firmly on the pulse of public opinion, when he used his question to Nicola Sturgeon to get further clarification on whether croquet is to be included in the list of allowed non-contact sports. It takes balls to hammer home this sticky wicket issue…

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Sturgeon Propagates Anti-English PPE Conspiracy

Speaking at her daily briefing today, Scotland’s First Minister fanned the flames of nationalist conspiracy that England was being prioritised above Scotland for distribution of PPE material. The First Minister, while not explicitly saying she believes the conspiracy, said:

“If care homes’ usual supplies are affected in this way, then as well as that being completely unacceptable in itself it will of course increase pressure on our national stockpile and that would be a source of real worry for us. It’s not an exaggeration to say we are extremely concerned about these reports.”

That is of course despite her own government’s Clinical Director Professor Jason Leitch describing the claims as rubbish on Good Morning Scotland this morning:

“We have looked into it and we think it’s rubbish.”

Was Sturgeon just badly briefed or is she deliberately making mischief?..

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Scottish First Minister’s Questions Goes Virtual

Nicola Sturgeon’s weekly First Ministers’ Questions went ahead virtually, in scenes that we could be seeing in the UK Parliament after recess ends on 21 April. It does take a lot of the fun out of the show…

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Scottish Chief Medical Officer’s Weekend Break of Her Rules

Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer has been caught by The Sun defying her own government’s advice during the virus lockdown — by travelling to her second home for a family weekend break. Dr Catherine Calderwood has spoken to Nicola Sturgeon and apologised for not following the advice she is giving the people of Scotland. Apparently the First Minister is fine with that… Calderwood has made an idiot of herself

UPDATE: The Chief Medical Officer has now been withdrawn from future media briefings and will no longer feature in public information campaigns. Catherine Calderwood is not sacked, she is an unperson.

UPDATE II: She’s resigned after the first editions have been printed:

“I am deeply sorry for my actions and the mistakes I have made. The First Minister and I have had a further conversation this evening and we have agreed that the justifiable focus on my behaviour risks becoming a distraction from the hugely important job that government and the medical profession has to do in getting the country through this coronavirus pandemic. Having worked so hard on the government’s response. that is the last thing I want.

The most important thing to me now and over the next few very difficult months is that people across Scotland know what they need to do to reduce the spread of this virus and that means they must have complete trust in those who give them advice. It is with a heavy heart that I resign as Chief Medical Officer.

I will work with my team over the next few days to ensure a smooth transition to my successor.”

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