Monday, 6 April 2020

Defending the Indefensible



Well, the inevitable happened overnight and today the Scottish Government woke up without a chief medical officer after a calamity very much of its own making. 

For whatever reason Nicola Sturgeon's political instincts deserted her as she tried to portray Catherine Calderwood's behaviour as a 'mistake' rather than a colossal misjudgment, the consequences of which were obvious to anyone with a modicum of street nous and common sense.

Yet the First Minister tried to defend the indefensible at yesterday's calamitous press conference by going in to bat for the person who was the face of her Scottish Government's lockdown policy - a policy which has kept families apart even while their loved ones have been dying alone in hospital. 

  

First Minister Acts As Human Shield (05/04/20)



I've sat through many a press conference in my time, but I can't remember a more disastrous one than Nicola Sturgeon's 'human shield' performance as she updated  the nation on the latest Coronavirus developments with the Scottish Government's chief medical officer (CMO), Catherine Calderwood by her side.

The First Minister stepped in again and again to prevent  Catherine Calderwood from explaining herself by answering perfectly legitimate questions from journalists who were simply doing their job of holding the Scottish Government to account.

The YouTube video is 38 minutes long though well worth a watch.