Iain Macwhirter in The Herald notes that Scotland has quietly abandoned its Covid-19 'elimination strategy' which has now been replaced by 'lockdown lite'.
Meanwhile in Glasgow 124 positive cases of Covid-19 were linked to student parties at the start of freshers week with 600 people being identified as 'at risk' in university halls of residence.
Opinion: Iain Macwhirter: No more talk of eliminating coronavirus as Sturgeon imposes lockdown lite
COVID-19 press conference - 21 September 2020. Scottish Government COVID-19 press conference at St. Andrew's House, Edinburgh with the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.
The elimination strategy. Back in June, Nicola Sturgeon adapted her Covid rhetoric to echo Jacinda Ardern's in New Zealand. We can rid Scotland of coronavirus, she said, with track and trace and Scottish self-discipline. “Total elimination” could be only weeks away.
The First Minister's scientific adviser, Professor Devi Sridhar of Edinburgh University, said that Scotland was on the way to defeating the hydra-headed virus. Elimination could be a done deal, she suggested, had it not been for Scotland being inconveniently attached to a certain Conservative-led nation which shall be nameless.
The New Scientist agreed, announcing in a headline that: “Scotland would be Covid-free if it weren't for England”. Nicola Sturgeon ruled out closing the border but said quarantine measures might have to be imposed on cross-border travellers. Masked nationalists in hazmat suits hiked to Berwick to shout at vehicles with English number plates.
That all seems a long time ago. We're back at defcon 4 and the epidemic is supposedly spreading again like wildfire in Scotland. The R number is as high as England's. We're back the same 4-nation Covid boat, without any Caledonian lifeboat.https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18739663.opinion-iain-macwhirter-no-talk-eliminating-coronavirus-sturgeon-imposes-lockdown-lite/
Covid-19 and The Persuaders (23/09/20)
Politicians and Coronavirus (19/09/20)
Yet politicians across the UK are now rushing to tell us that because they have failed to persuade fellow citizens to behave responsibly they have no choice but to impose even more rules which prevent people from seeing their families and friends.
Everyone from Boris Johnson to the Mayor of London to the first ministers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be saying essentially the same thing, no doubt while also suggesting that something or someone else is to blame.
Yet what it boils down to is a failure of our politicians to unite behind an agreed strategy which is capable of changing people's behaviour.
Follow My Leader ((10/09/90)
The Scottish Government seems likely to follow the lead of the UK Government later today by announcing further restrictions on people's lives to help reduce the spread of Covid-19.
According to leaked press reports Scotland will reduce the numbers of people who can meet to just 6 individuals - both indoors and outdoors.
The present 'rules' are driven by the science allegedly, there is no doubt that politicians revel in having small differences in their own back yards - at a time when it would be better if we were all singing from the same hymn sheet.
Politicians and Coronavirus (09/09/20)
Glasgow councillors were back in the news again after the Daily Record broke a story about Council leader, Cllr Susan Aitken, enjoying a drink in a Merchant City pub with three colleagues.