British Labour in Scotland (BLiS), Ian Murray, Gordon Brown, George Foulkes and federalism

Why am I writing about British Labour in Scotland (BLiS), Ian Murray, Gordon Brown, George Foulkes and the federalism fantasy when there’s actual important stuff going on?

To be honest, I thought I had a really witty opening – something about balloons trying to breathe life into horses that had long ago been flogged to death.

But then there just wasn’t anything more to say.



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4 thoughts on “British Labour in Scotland (BLiS), Ian Murray, Gordon Brown, George Foulkes and federalism

  1. Britain, the country that brings you Brexit ‘to take back control’. Along comes a pandemic and they make little effort to take back control of any sort until pushed. And when they do it’s hapless.

    Early March Boris is found boasting that he was shaking hands with corona patients.

    He then decides that Britain will not attempt to contain the pandemic (as per WHO guidelines, and as every other country country on earth which has the virus is attempting to do). No, we will not bother, being hardy Brits, we will just bypass the ‘contain phase’ when we had the chance. We will sit back then move straight to the ‘delay’ phase by trying to acquire ‘herd immunity’, meaning 60% of the population should become infected. Us being hardy Brits we will be just fine. Large numbers may have to die but it will save us money and effort in the long run.

    After frantic protests from actual clinicians, and rising discontent within the country, on 23 March he does belatedly try to contain the spread of the virus which had been circulating freely for nearly two months after the first recorded UK case on 31 January…

    The heir to the throne catches the virus but fortunately recovers. Meanwhile Boris catches the virus and ends up in intensive care having infected key members of his Cabinet including the Chancellor and Health minister and his pregnant girlfriend. The UK constitution does not have a proper constitution (they make it up as they go along) which means that with the PM out, there is no effective government that can act swiftly and decisively in the middle of the biggest crisis to confront the country, its people, reputation (what is left of it) and economy since WW2.

    The last decision Boris makes is to appoint Dominic Raab as first minister, a man who was knocked out of the first round of party elections for leader last, year and who by his low ratings is therefore not a man remotely capable of leading the Tory party in government.

    The British government cannot access ventilators in sufficient numbers and all the test kits are apparently duff.

    Meanwhile a vet in the Faroe Islands manages to test 10% of the 66,000 population very quickly from his lab in Torshaven for coronavirus, having acquired sufficient supplies of the reagent and adapting his testing for salmon virus (his usual line of work) for corona virus. ‘It’s really quite simple’ he said.

    You can’t make it up.

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