Boris Update

Boris is now saying that people should now go back to work tomorrow.
I think Nicola should make it clear Scotland’s position.

Why the contribution is important

There is now confusion about what people in Scotland should do.

by monobloc on May 10, 2020 at 07:24PM

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  • Posted by Opportunity May 10, 2020 at 19:36

    Did Boris mention anything about people who are shielding of going back to work tomorrow? How many vulnerable people in Scotland may feel compelled to turn up at work tomorrow on the basis of a UK wide announcement? How far does the competence of the Scottish government go? Can it overrule? If anything is not illegal in UK, can it be illegal in Scotland? If sielding people go back to work, this will put many lives at risk.
  • Posted by marionfairbairn May 10, 2020 at 19:38

    I think since we are all part of the UK we should be following the same rules instead of nicola trying to prove a point
  • Posted by Julie May 10, 2020 at 19:38

    The First minister made it very clear in her statement earlier today. There is no confusion if you listen to that briefing.
  • Posted by SAR May 10, 2020 at 19:44

    We are one island. It would be so much better if we worked together and followed the same rules
  • Posted by Dave_H May 10, 2020 at 19:54

    Nicola has just made Scotlands position clear. Nothing is changing any time soon.

    That is most disappointing as the implication is that all the good ideas that have been discussed in this consultation are not going to influence the decisions. The decisions have been taken. It looks like we are playing a silly game in some PS stunt and what we say is going to be ignored.

    Nicola had a perfect opportunity to make reference to this ongoing process and say when it concludes and the results analysed, the Scottish Government would then start to make some decisions.

    But there was no mention of this process, just that nothing is going to change.

    I and many other Scottish citizens are now going to be very disappointed if this does indeed turn out to be a waste of time.
  • Posted by Opportunity May 10, 2020 at 19:58

    SAR... around 48% of the population may not agree with you here.

    Follow rules of the UK, even if they are obviously not the right path to choose?
    Sorry, nope, patriotism would not include taking unjustified risks, shouting hooray and throw yourself into the frontline... only because Boris has not learned a lesson provided by science and developments abroad.

    Nicola is right to wait, but I fear that her means of limiting damage to Scotland are somewhat restricted.
  • Posted by Lorraine10 May 10, 2020 at 20:34

    We may be one island but we did not get our first case at the same time and we have not peaked at the same time. Therefore we can not be considered as one island! Nicola is completely correct to keep the restrictions going as new cases have been bouncing between 4,000 & 6,000 per day since 31st March. It’s not hard to see that we are clearly not past the peak as we started later. Once we decrease below this lower level and start to maintain that and decrease further then we will all be in a better place to reduce lockdown restrictions. However, if people continue to flout the rules and have parties and barbecues then lockdown restrictions will remain in place for longer. Yes it’s affecting all of us in many different ways but no matter what we as individuals are going through show some compassion to the Doctors and nurses who are the ones who really know what hard times are. Please also include in that, the poor families who have not been able to be with their loved ones as they passed.
  • Posted by MikeJohnston May 10, 2020 at 20:35

    Yes, Dave H, we're just weans. Prawns in the game as they say out west.
  • Posted by CatK22 May 10, 2020 at 20:44

    Boris said people should go to work if they can't work from home, this is not a change in policy and has always been the official advice.

    I am surprised some people haven't grasped this - do they not have friends and relatives still working despite not being in "essential" jobs? Only 6.3 million in the UK are furloughed (less than 1/4 private sector employees).

    Trouble was too many weren't working (far more than predicted) so they want to put out envigorating messages: work, alert, control, etc.
  • Posted by BT May 10, 2020 at 20:48

    Boris is more worried about the economy than people. He’s not interested in you. There printing and borrowing billions which will all have to be repaid. Just put up with it for a little bit longer.
  • Posted by democrat May 10, 2020 at 20:56

    FM was at Cobra briefing, she has been kept in the loop, will expect Scotland's position to be updated midweek.
  • Posted by Chimp May 10, 2020 at 21:15

    FM tries to justify her position by saying R number is higher in Scotland by can produce no evidence to support that. Less than 100 people in ICU from a population of 6 million but we still have to be in lockdown!!?? If the virus was slower getting to Scotland, but we locked down at the same time, surely that would mean we're now ahead of England in the R number game??
  • Posted by Jammie May 10, 2020 at 21:24

    I am just happy I live in Scotland, but am scared people will listen to the man who has the most publicity and not the woman who is aware of the situation in Scotland.. My friend who works in a Scottish ICU is terrified at the effect Boris's words today may have. Now is not the time to loosen things; it will only keep this thing going for longer and longer.
  • Posted by Dave_H May 10, 2020 at 21:25

    "FM was at Cobra briefing, she has been kept in the loop, will expect Scotland's position to be updated midweek."

    Then why did she not say that? and mention this ongoing consultation?
  • Posted by Col May 10, 2020 at 21:32

    We’re not one island. Isle of Wight, Barra, Arran......
  • Posted by AnnieScot May 10, 2020 at 22:56

    Completely agree with Lorraine10, May 10th. Keep the restrictions going until we see far fewer daily cases and deaths here in Scotland. Remembering our deceased loved ones, and those who survive them.
  • Posted by monobloc May 11, 2020 at 00:28

    I think Nicola has now clarified Scotland’s position following the utterly confusing address made by Boris tonight.
    Nicola is concerned that Boris’s message was not clear enough in his prime minister's address that he was talking mainly about changes in England
    She thinks it is incumbent on him, perhaps a bit more strongly than he did tonight, to stress that when he is talking about lifting these restrictions, he is talking for England,"
  • Posted by robert72 May 11, 2020 at 08:44

    All for one and one for all!
  • Posted by monobloc May 11, 2020 at 10:41

    Yes Robert true but it looks like England is the only country out of step with the other three nations.
    We should be together on such issues not driving a wedge between the nations of the UK what Boris appears to be doing
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