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A couple of days ago, Nicola Sturgeon suggested that, when out, in crowded places, where it was difficult to socially distance (on the bus, in a supermarket for example) the people might like to consider wearing a face mask. Not a medical quality face mask, you understand, but one which would stop you spitting tiny droplets of saliva as you speak, especially when pronouncing “p” “t” and “b”. Not particularly for your protection but for the protection of others around you.

Well, you’d have thought that the end of the world was nigh. People on Twitter going wild saying that “Sturgeon”  wasn’t telling THEM what to do. They were British. So there! Others suggested that they would only wear a facemask if it had a union flag on it. (Well, that would keep people away, let’s be fair.)

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We need to remember that at no point did Nicola mandate this.

Jackson Carlaw asked what evidence she was using to suggest such a thing would be advantageous, and tweeted that there was no border and we were all one country (yeah I know, but maybe he doesn’t).

Wee Fluffy got himself in a terrible state. Matt Hancock, presumably Fluffy’s idol, has said that he doubted that they do any good and Fluffs was all of a dither about people being confused if England didn’t advise face masks and Scotland did. I’m confused,  he apparently tweeted. Not that that came as any surprise to any of us.

Opinion: David Mundell MP | Peeblesshire News
“Get my bags, Muddy”

I mean how would people know what do do when they got to the border. Good question.

OK, apart from the fact that most people shouldn’t actually be crossing the border right now, Fluffy may, or may not, be aware that there are many things which are different on one side than on the other. And somehow people do know.

For example, to the north of the border, there are no prescription charges, to the south each item costs £9.15, although there are exceptions to this involving age, medical conditions, pregnancy, and certain kinds of, but not all kinds of, benefits. Now that is confusing.

Primary education ends after 7 years in Scotland and after 6 in England, university courses are of different duration, drink driving laws are different, and so on and so forth.

In fact, this has gone on for a great deal longer than the period in which there has been a Scottish parliament. Indeed Gretna, just over the border in Scotland, has become world-famous and made much money, based on the fact that for many years in Scotland you could marry at 16 without parental permission, whist in England, you had to be 18 to do that. 16-year-olds had to have mummy and daddy’s OK.

There are hundreds, if not thousands of things that are different here, given that Scots Law is entirely different from English Law. You’d have thought that an ex-Secretary of State for Scotland, who happens to be a lawyer, might have grasped that. But then, as I’ve said elsewhere, they didn’t call him “Fluffy Muddle” for nothing.

Anyway, you’re letting me haver on without getting to the point and Munguin is looking cross.

And the point is this. Boris Johnson has just said that it would be sensible for people to wear masks when coming out of lockdown, contradicting what Old HandThingy said the other day… and the good thing is that Mundell won’t be muddled about it any more… or will he?

[You could have said that considerably more succinctly. Get yourself on a writing course. Kind regards, Munguin.]

This just seen:


How embarrassing!


  1. PS : Michael Gove said earlier on Twitter that wearing face masks would make people act in a Cavalier fashion (to which someone replied: What? Rust and fall to bits? (Car joke)

    But that’s Gove’s beak out of joint again. Silly wee manny.

    I’d like to point out that if Gove is a Cavalier, then I’m going to be a Roundhead!

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    1. Munguin would tell you, if you asked, that changing from Cavalier to Roundhead at your age would be a painful circumcision. Not recommended, but its your decision.

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    2. As has been said before
      A day is a long time in politics, events dear boy.
      The dictator has spoken.
      The horse cart will be arriving at Eastwood later today with carlos’s update from the boss.
      No problem for the jackass,he’s been trained in u turns by the mistress of the u turn, the other colonel.
      Good job it’s the weekend,the plebs will have forgotten by Monday.
      Happy Mayday to All.

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      1. Goodness. It’s Mayday… although if feels more like “m’aider”.

        Dull grey and uninviting. I fear we may have had our summer!


    1. Things were heating up in Michigan yesterday. People crowding into the government’s buildings, not wearing masks, not observing social distancing but carrying guns and demanding that all restrictions be lifted.

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      1. Tris…..Seems ironic that the well armed “protesters” in the Michigan State Capitol who were demanding an end to the coronavirus restrictions in Michigan were wearing face masks.

        Politicians are shamelessly taking all the political advantage they can from the pandemic catastrophe, but Trump is taking it to a new level. The protests in Michigan and other states are financed by right wing pro-Trump groups. Trump promoted the furor with his “LIBERATE” Tweets. He issued Tweets calling for the “liberation” of Michigan, Minnesota, and Virginia….all of whom have Democratic governors. Trump loves a fight with an enemy, and the more social unrest he can generate in the country by demanding liberation of Democratic states from pandemic restrictions is crucial to maintaining his support from the right wing, government-hating sociopaths who are crucial to his reelection.


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        1. So, basically, the president is calling for people to rise up against the elected governors of their states in an illegal (and it appears gun toting manner?


          Even the idiot Cummings isn’t proposing that here.

          I just had the idea that , as these governors are operating under the law (and on information from some European state who lifted restrictions too early and saw a second wave), it was the not president’s job to encourage insurrection.

          He should be impeached, again, or in his case imoranged.

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          1. LOL…..I like “imoranged”!

            Politicians are frequently stupid, and almost always act in their own political self-interest. But Trump takes it to a new level of depravity. He is not only monumentally stupid and uniformed, but invariably acts in the interest of his own personal celebrity, which is crucial to the success of his family business. Since he functions best when he’s fighting an enemy he has demonized, the more civil unrest he can generate in the states, the more political support he receives from the violent deranged flag-waving sociopaths who adore him (note the gun-totin “protesters” in the Michigan State capitol.)

            People wondered what would happen if such a stupid evil man were ever challenged with an actual national crisis. Now we know! Preaching insurrection in a state run by Democrats? Works for him!

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            1. Surely, it’s illegal to do that, Danny, even for the president.

              That’s a bit like saying that unionists in Scotland should take over Holyrood in Edinburgh with guns… and demand Sturgeon change laws in line with the English way of doing stuff.

              Actually, upon reflection, if she did, they would probably declare her insane and put old Coronachic in as Prince Regent.

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              1. Tris…..Fortunately, the Unionists would be somewhat more constrained in Holyrood than they would be in Michigan. 😉

                IN THEORY, it IS illegal in federal law, under Section 2385 of Title 18 of the US Code, to “willfully advocate, abet, advise, or teach the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any such government”….

                The penalty is fine or imprisonment for no more than 20 years, and ineligibility for employment by the US Government for five years after conviction.

                Title 18, US Code, CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE Part I. CRIMES Chapter 115. TREASON, SEDITION, AND SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES Section 2385. Advocating overthrow of Government:


                But in practice, you REALLY have to take ACTION about the overthrow. If all you do it TALK about it being a good thing for example, then your speech is protected under the First Amendment.

                From Noto vs United States, a 1961 Supreme Court ruling that overturned, on the basis of unconstitutionality, the felony conviction of a lower level official of the Communist Party USA:

                “The evidence was insufficient to prove that the Communist Party presently advocated forcible overthrow of the Government not as an abstract doctrine, but by the use of language reasonably and ordinarily calculated to incite persons to action, immediately or in the future. … In order to support a conviction under the membership clause of the Smith Act, there must be some substantial direct or circumstantial evidence of a call to violence now or in the future which is both sufficiently strong and sufficiently pervasive to lend color to the otherwise ambiguous theoretical material regarding Communist Party teaching and to justify the inference that such a call to violence may fairly be imputed to the Party as a whole, and not merely to some narrow segment of it.”

                So if all you do is advocate insurrection as an “abstract doctrine,” and you don’t use “language reasonably and ordinarily calculated to incite persons to action, immediately or in the future,” then you’re cool to preach all the revolution you want. (Americans DO have a historically motivated love for revolution and revolutionaries of course. A few of our early presidents would have been hanged by the British for it.)

                So Trump is cool advocating “LIBERATION” for Michigan. That’s just over-the-top political rhetoric using language that previous presidents would never have used.

                And the guys with military assault weapons in the Michigan State Capitol are perfectly legal too, under both Michigan and US law. The majority of the states allow openly carrying a firearm in public. Firearms can be prohibited from certain buildings, but they are allowed in the Michigan Capitol building.

                Only in America!

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                1. Thanks for the clarification, Danny.

                  I was a bit concerned for the governor.

                  I can, of course, absolutely understand how incredibly frustrating it must be for some people not to be able to do their jobs, earn money, run their businesses, go out to bars, sports, friends, and for young people, see their girlfriends or boyfriends.

                  But this virus isn’t playing games. And several countries that started to lift the the bans have seen an upsurge.

                  Last night I heard two items back to back on the world service of the BBC. One was that Trump said he had seen evidence that the virus had been manufactured in a Lab in Woohan, but wouldn’t give any details… whos, whys and wherefores about it. Maybe he just made it up.

                  The second was that some US scientific body had said that the virus was not man made but had possibly/probably started in what they call “wet markets” with low standards of hygiene… with live animals and dead meat being sold in close proximity. The BBC hadn’t noticed the anomaly, despite the two items being there one after the other. (I understand all these markets have now been shut down by the Chinese government.)

                  I trust that the police and/or National Guard are making sure that the governor of Michigan is protected.

                  She’s doing her job.

                  Trump really is a piece of shit.

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                  1. Yes, the governor of Michigan actually has nothing to fear from Trump. 😉

                    The political pressure on governors is intense. On the one hand trying to maintain public safety, and on the other, cash strapped businesses that want to reopen and employees who want paychecks again.

                    I guess the Chinese wet markets have been an issue for a long time as the likely origin of viral disease.

                    Trump spouts gibberish endlessly to deflect attention from his own mismanagement of the pandemic. Now he seems to be promoting the idea that the spread of the virus originated as a mistake in a Chinese laboratory, or was maybe even deliberate. He’s probably just making it up, as he seems to be at odds with his own intelligence people about this. Mostly just more Trump BS I’d say. There was an Associated Press article yesterday about it.


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                    1. So, there is Trump, and there is a director of intelligence? I mean, are they even the same species? I sometimes wonder if Trump wasn’t made in a lab somewhere and released by mistake.

                      The thing is that he seems to be saying that he will take revenge on China for doing it, and is advocating that the rest of the world look again at trade with China.

                      The problem there is that almost everything we buy in the UK… tv’s computers, kitchenwear, phones, etc etc… is made in China.

                      On the low level wages and pensions that are paid in Britain, it is what a large section of the population can afford.

                      Trump is such an ignorant man. He knows not what he is stirring up here.

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                    2. Clearly his miniscule brain has forgotten that he praised China for its handling of the virus.

                      A trade war between the world’s largest (by a long way) economies would be tragic at this time…as that article, for which thanks… points out.

                      The world is lucky to have leaders of vision at this time. New Zealand, German, Canada, France to an extent, and many of the smaller countries have done really well.

                      It’s a shame that the most important country economically is led by an utter buffoon with one of Jimmy Carter’s peanuts for a brain.

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                    3. I knew there was some connection between Trump and Jimmy Carter. 😉

                      Imagine Trump in charge of trade negotiations with China! Geeeeze!


                    4. Hey Danny I get that you dont like Trump. He has a personality thats difficult for most people to like.
                      But Danny you reference “The Atlantic” and the “ABC”, both assets of the Deep State, the enemy of the people!
                      Its coming out now that General Flynn was targeted by the Deep State using fake evidence and withholding exculpatory evidence. It will be shown that Mannafort and Stone were also targetted, that Seth Rich downloaded the Democratic Party information that he then gave to Julian Assange. The charges against Julian are fraudulent and the Democrats know it. The FISA warrants were also illegal and sworn knowingly on false evidence. They then tried to impeach Trump using false evidence of Russian collusion, but it was the Democrats and Hillary that did Uranium 1… and the list goes on and on… its TREASON and GITMO for them.
                      On the UK side of the pond the Deep State are still able to cover up their dirty work, the Craig Murray and Alex Salmond situations attest to that. The treachery extends right into the deepest halls of power in the UK and Europe, and my biggest hope is that the Trump administration will expose it all and then the UK will die a much needed death. So far so good I would say.

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                    5. Kangaroo…..I’m about as far from a Deep State Conspiracy guy as you will find on earth! I’m cool with the mainstream media to determine the facts, and reject pretty much all conspiracy theories. When the China thing is sorted out, I’ll believe what the New York Times, The Atlantic, and TV network news tells me, and will feel satisfied in the sure and certain knowledge that FOX News, Donald Trump, and his cult following are lying about it.

                      Nice that everyone gets to have their say about it though.

                      As for Trumpy, at least it’s nice to think that the orange faced moron will only be president about nine months longer. 🙂

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  2. Primary school education in E&W lasts exactly the same time as it does in Scotland – no idea where you got that nonsense from?

    E&W – Reception Year, then Year 1 to Year 6 = 7 years
    Scotland – P1 to P7 = 7 years

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      1. Its EXACTLY the same as Scotland with the exception that English secondary schooling is split into 3 in many areas :

        Years 7-9 in one school; years 10 and 11 in another school (GCSEs/AS Levels as was) & year 12 in sixth form “college”. I think this is total insanity but it seems normal here.

        FWIW I started school in Scotland at 4 and so did everyone in my class.

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        1. I was 5.5 (Birthday, February, Start School August) by the time I started and 12 when I finished. I went to England from first year in secondary school and was immediately moved to second year. Had to do lower and upper 6th.


        2. Oh – as did both my kids here in Leics during the 2000s.

          Some people defer to age 5 because the child is only just 4 when starting and is small/not that bright. Same as Scotland 🙂

          English primary school teaching isn’t great (wasn’t in 00’s; has got worse) but secondary schooling is just crap. I’m not talking private/grammar schools or any sort of selective school, just normal “this is your catchment area” schools. If pupils don’t have clever (and/or pushy/rich) parents then they’re fucked.

          After 30 years down here I’m sure its designed to be that way.

          Its primarily childcare so mummy & daddy can get to their zero hours contracts & if the child actually learns anything the system seems to view that as a bonus.

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        3. English structures not exactly the same as Scottish – there are differences. Last time I looked, KS1 ran from age 5-7, KS 2 from 7. P1 to P7 in Scotland represents a year more, P1 being the equivalent of Reception. Key Stages and CfE have muddied the traditional age divisions but I am sure the basic difference still holds.

          I also started school at 4 but that description covers everything from 4:0 to 4.11, depending on school entry date, and the mid point of the range in both countries is around 5.0. I am surprised that everyone entered at age 4 with you – I was 15-16 months younger than the oldest member of my P1 class (found out because he and I went through to S6 together).

          And transfer to secondary in Scotland is generally a year later given the same range within the transfer age (reflected in cross.border confusions about the traditional meaning of eg 5th form – but I did enjoy the astonishment of a young English lad when he was told by a Scot that the latter had got all his O “levels” (grades) in 4th year not 5th form.

          Middle schools are not universal in England although some authorities have them. They never caught on in Scotland outside what used to be Central Region, and then fairly briefly.
          Similarly, I don’t think separate infant schools exist much outside E Lothian.

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            1. As a final point – promise – am reminded of a former colleague who was turned down for a Faculty of Education job in England after being asked by one of the interview panel whether his Scottish experience was really relevant given the major differences between the school systems and the changes which had taken place since he had moved to Scotland. (May not have been the reason for the outcome though.)

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              1. I was talking about years spent in primary and secondary schooling, not the content of that schooling.

                I’d have thought that was obvious from the context of the thread, seems not.


              2. While we are talking about it, the “highers system” in Scotland is a lot more like (but not totally the same as) the Bac in France and elsewhere on the continent compared with the English level system

                You study a far wider range of subjects at Higher than you would at A level. The course is wider and not so deep.

                Honours degrees then, are 4 years in Scotland and only 3 in England.


    1. When I went to England to live with my parents, I was in first year at secondary school.

      So the head put me into 1st year in England. By lunch time I had be advanced to secondary school.


      1. I remember a couple of English guys transferred mid-term. They were significantly ahead in maths but bizarrely very behind in physics & chemistry.


  3. The Scottish Tories used to remind me of the western European communist parties in 40’s and 50’s, waiting for Stalin to tell them what to think. Now realise that they aren’t clever enough to wait to be told, which is why they are caught out over things like face coverings when their bosses change direction, making them look even more supine

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    1. Jack the lad has practice at completely changing his “mind” about stuff, when instructed to by the scarecrow.

      Remember how pro Europe he was until he was told he wasn’t?


  4. On the other hand,
    There’s been a reduction on the number of people taking a sick day off. Some 1.3 million a week saved.
    Another 1700 people have NOT died from pollution derived illness.
    Buses and trains are less congested.
    You can get an appointment anywhere,just a bit delayed.
    Car use is down and so fuel burn is down.
    Aircraft are not flying so less noise.
    You’ll be able to park at the airport without any concern about spaces near the entrance.
    You can cross the busiest streets without actually using the green cross code as diligently as before.
    The westmonster government is doing great.
    The virus testing is making the target, soon.
    Spin is great.

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    1. I’m just waiting for the egregious Soulsby* to claim council improvements in employee sickness rates actually 🙂

      *Sir Peter Soulsby, mayor of Leicester; previously the highest paid councillor in the UK during 1990s; entire family sucking on public teat for decades (daughter is an “assistant mayor”); got elected to parliament (finally) just before the MP’s expenses scandal broke & decided (IMHO) he couldn’t afford the (family) expenses paycut & after one parliament went back to ruling/ripping off Leicester.

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  5. STV did a piece from outside a care home in,I think,Ayrshire recently.
    Some of the residents were seen at the windows,clearly not in isolation,waving union jack flags on a wee stick for the benefit of the cameras.
    I wonder who supplied them with this PPE and for what purpose?
    All we have seen from the land of the Union Jack is political posturing and stunts designed to fool people into believing that all is well and that the government (Westminster) has everything under control.
    Johnson claiming that we are now on the downward slope (probably slippery) while whistling the song Working 9 till 5,except in his case only a couple of days a week!
    Face masks may have a marginal effect on the rate of infection spread but is no substitute for what should have been done right from the outset.
    It has become abundantly clear during this crisis that the Scottish government does not have anything near the powers required in order to keep us from harm (Tories and viruses).
    This will become clear during what will unfold in the coming weeks.
    Sorry for diverging somewhat,a rant a day…

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    1. Don’t apologise.

      I think it is incredibly cruel to use residents of care homes like that.

      My mum is in a care home with dementia. I would be furious if they had her standing at a window with a union flag.

      Everyone who has talked about non medical face masks has been clear that they are not going to stop you getting, or passing on, virus.

      But they will make it more difficult. I thought this was, if a little vulgar, very good.


      And no, we don;t have anything like enough power to deal with this situation.

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  6. Well, it looks as though Matt Hancock has met his 100,000 a day target…well at least for ONE day. But has he?
    Firstly, he just picked that 100,000 number out of the air. He was under pressure and just picked a nice round number. There was no “scientific” basis for it being 100,000.
    Secondly, though having said that it was just a nice round number , I’ll concede that more testing of that order of magnitude is necessary so even if the energy and effort put into achieving that number was the just imperative of political and PR credibility rather than for any commitment to public health, I’m kind of OK with that ( as long as the effort to get the target didn’t take the focus and resources away from other important things… say like PPE for Primary Care and Care Sector staff)
    But… What’s going on here…

    Two possibilities spring to mind.
    Public Heath authorities are testing and collecting data , but not investing the time and effort to tell people their results. It’s simply testing to produce general population data, not testing to give people the information that they need and want to make decisions about whether or not to go to work and whether or not they should go into lock-down.
    Or, they are doing the swab, but not actually analysing the result.

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    1. Jake, I heard someone on T.V last night saying that the 100,000 figure is the number of tests available, not the number of tests carried out. Whereas Nicola gave out the figure for tests actually carried out.
      By the way, L.B.J is finished physically. Never fit mentally to be P.M. Now it’s a double whammy.


      1. I agree, tests available and tests carried out are different things.
        But, even tests carried out can be misleading because tests carried out isn’t the same as people tested ( often people are tested more than once).
        As far as I know the English testing system relies upon 5 different categories ( or what they refer to as pillars) of testing. It’s explained here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public.

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  7. Well, if I understood the rules right, as I have a hospital appointment for another issue, I expect I’ll get tested on the 26/05.

    Assuming, just for one moment, that I tested positive for COVID – 19, the gap between my putative infection and my contact list will, in all probability, be either just wrong or me shrugging my shoulders. My memory ain’t that good for day to day details.

    [Sort of off topic, but I just love Police procedurals where the cop asks the ‘person of interest’ “What were you doing on the night of (randomly), the 10th of November 2019?

    If you, dear reader, know what you were doing that night, well, well done. I have absolutely no idea what I was doing on the 10th of November 2019.

    I am setting myself up for a fall here.

    Every Munguinite will have extensive personal diaries that tell them exactly what they were doing.

    Me? Not so much.]

    Just to be clear I am, in essence in voluntary lock-down, due to a family agreement to obey the rules rigorously. A sentiment with which I completely concur. I completely agree with the concept of test and trace, but it has to be a bit more immediate that what I have just described?

    I’d be interested in anyones else’s thoughts on this.

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    1. I think if you know what you were doing on the evening of anytime that wasn’t last night, or your birthday, or Christmas, or your partner’s birthday, you probably have a fairly dull life.

      Munguin, of course, knows what he is doing every night… have a few friends round and have Tristan provide nourishing tasty repast and plentiful lubrication.

      But that’s Munguin!


  8. Three quarters of Scots — including the vast majority of Tory and Labour voters — believe the SNP government is handling the coronavirus pandemic well, according to a poll.

    The research by YouGov found a high level of cross-party consensus for Nicola Sturgeon’s approach to the public health crisis.

    As well as 85 per cent of SNP voters, 84 per cent of Liberal Democrats and 70 per cent of both Conservative and Labour supporters are happy with the approach taken by the Scottish government. Just 19 per cent said the virus was being handled badly in Edinburgh.

    Ms Sturgeon has the confidence of 71 per cent of Scots when it comes to her ability to make the correct decisions in dealing with the virus.



  9. Personal ratings: @NicolaSturgeon has the confidence of 71% of Scots (+48 overall) while @BorisJohnson has a net rating of -15 (40% good vs 55% bad).


  10. My brother had officially left secondary school in Scotland, when we all moved down to Wales,
    The age was different for school leavers in Wales at that time, and insisted that my brother did another year. He was adamant that he was not going back to school as he had officially left.
    This caused great debate within the education authorities and with my parents for quite a while.
    My brother refused to go. He said he was legally right. And he stuck to it.
    Unfortunately I being younger, had to go to school for the welsh time period,

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  11. See from the website the handcock has exceeded the 100,000 a day mark.
    Thing is he’s used the Tesco and Enron method.
    The site says 122,000 tests.
    BUTT they’ve included 22,000 or so sent out to people’s addresses and a further 22,000 sent out to Satellite testing stations.
    If they use the same system as for wednesday it would have been 81,000 tests carried out.
    Snake oil salesmen to the fore.
    For those that don’t know of Enron, they put the possible profits from long term contracts into this years accounts.
    Much like Carillion.
    Similar to Tesco’s earnings massaged to improve their stock price.
    For the record I predicted last week that the number of tests would be 107,600,not too bad a guess.
    I have the evidence on my phone.

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    1. They seem to be utterly incapable of being straight with people about anything. No wonder the above figures show that even Tory and Labour supporters in Scotland approve of Nicola’s performance.

      No-one much seems to approve of Bojo’s mess, except Jackson and Muddle and presumably, Ms Wells.


      1. Even at the rate of 100,000 a day tests it will take TWO years to test the Current Population.
        Normally we lose about 250,000 a year who die,replaced by a similar number of new births.
        If the rate from the virus continues we will lose an extra 300,000 a year.
        BUTT who is going to keep track of the changes and who needs to be tested more regularly.
        Pence let the cat out the bag during the non face mask visit,he’s tested regularly,maybe every day and that’s why trump and co can work on the podium daily.

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  12. I meant to add a comment on the test and trace subject, it occurred to me the other day, this is an absolutely fantastic way for all governments around the world to build up there DNA data base on you and every individual in the world, I wondered cynically if that would accidentally be shared or be hacked somewhere in the future,

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    1. Yeah, well.

      It is kind of up to us to tell the government what we will accept and what we won’t accept. Problem is that personal privacy appears to be quite low on the electorate’s agenda right now, what with death being the option.

      And, arguing otherwise in the middle of a pandemic is probably a tough gig.

      My old boss used to have an expression for where we are right now. He called it ‘the ratchet effect’. Meaning that pressure was applied in one direction only, especially at times of crisis. Once that was achieved, well keep going in your favoured direction of travel. I didn’t really believe him, but now? Once you’ve already established the ‘new normal’ keep moving on. I think you and I would agree that their ‘new normal’ is not ‘our new normal’. Or, at the very least, not a normal we would settle for?

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      1. I do agree, nor will it ever be.

        We have rejected everything they have voted for or chosen for the last 5 years and a great deal of what went before for 70 years!

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  13. We all moved down to Wales in the early seventies, I do not know if the school leaving age has changed since then, At that time period the Welsh were occasionally burning their own houses due to an influx of non locals that were buying holiday homes and commuting homes, causing extortionet house prices for local youngsters, and of coarse it was the revival of the Welsh language also.
    We can honestly say that the locals were friendly and made lovely neighbours and Llanymawddy was as beautiful as Scotland, we were happy when we returned back to Scotland, but sad we left so many lovely people behind. Happy memories of the Welsh,

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    1. In England we lived not too far from the Welsh border and went quite often. My headmaster and his wife were welsh and they and my dad and mum became friends. It was good to have them as guides.

      Mr Owens, the head master was a Welsh speaker first and his English was a second language which made for a beautiful accent.

      He was also a great headmaster.


  14. The unionists are confused they’re all in a muddle
    One day they are saying there’s no border between Scotland and England
    The next day they’re saying you can’t have face masks one side of the border and not the other
    What border ? I say
    Thought you said there was no border ?
    They don’t know what they’re doing

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  15. Difference in schooling between Scotland and England is correct.
    I should know.
    Here’s why.

    I did CSE,s at school in Dorset then a month later returned to live in Dundee where I was told
    that because of my month of birth I would have to do “O”levels the following year.

    Because I lived on the outskirts of Dundee I was also told that I would have to go to Forfar academy there was no Dundee city council at that time, Dundee was part of Tayside regional council.

    So it was I went to Forfar academy the following year.

    Rather than try and study some new subjects for “O” levels in the space of a year I decided to do the same subjects that I had done the previous year in Dorset along with a couple that I had given up in Dorset in third year.

    So I have some subjects where I have a CSE and an “O” level.
    England had abandoned “O” levels to do CSE a dumbing down effort to give everyone a pass of some sort although a “1” was said to be the equivalent of an “O” level “A” I have no idea what the point of it all was .
    CSE went down to “5”
    You would get a “5” just for turning up I think 😃

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    1. I remember hearing about CSEs.

      That’s exactly what they were for. Giving people a qualification, which in turn boosted their confidence.

      Thanks for that info.


  16. I wished I had learned to speak the welsh language, I could not get my brain in gear and adjust to reverse conversation, as sometimes Gaelic is also,
    Welsh reminds me of the Orkney and Shetland intonations, sounds lilting and singsong in every day speech.
    But I have been reading a book on celtic place names by W J Watson
    , in which I soon realised how descriptive and explanatory the naming of older places were, we went to view and compare these places, taking my book along,
    fascinating hobby and a drive in the country taking lunch with us, it made a nice day out before lockdown.
    Another book, totally fictional and not everyone taste as a author is Terry Pratchett, his earlier books being best, the imaginary use of made up words, and yet leaving you in no doubt as to what the characters are saying. Words are like magic. Creating new worlds.

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  17. I sometimes wonder what Mundell and Jackpot think. Are they proud of their Uriah Heep behaviour or are they basking in the reflected glory of their Britishness. Maybe they’ve been revelling in Jim “Nick Nick” Davidson video and intimate shots of Vera Lynn on the white cliff of Dover wearing split crotch panties and a see thru bra.

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    1. I think I’ve just been a little sick.

      I’ve no idea what they think.

      They have to keep in with Cummings or they will be deselected.

      I imagine he is one vicious little fellow if he is in any way crossed.

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  18. Terence you did your schooling the same as my family, only difference is travelling in opposite directions, I presume roughly the same time,
    We have family in tayside, although not as far down as Dundee.
    Tris my granny on my mothers side, lived just over the border in England,
    Isn’t it amazing how the older you get, the smaller the world becomes.
    Sounds like you had a good headmaster.

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    1. He was a wonderful and inspiring man who just loved to teach people. He never showed me any favouritism despite being friendly with my parents. He was scrupulously fair, entertaining and on rare occasions when he took a class, was a joy to learn from.


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