Remain consistent with the rest of the UK

It makes no sense for us to have different rules to the rest of the UK. We should have the same rules.

Why the contribution is important

If england lifts.lockdown and we do not what happens to grandparent who live cross border? What about people who love in one and work in the other? And what happens financially? The uk government wont keep paying for furlough in Scotland once they lift their restrictions and we cant afford it! Plus its confusing enough. This isn't the time or place for political points or proving a point or being different for the sake of it.

by LauraJones on May 06, 2020 at 12:00PM

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  • Posted by Andrew May 06, 2020 at 12:56

    This must make sense
  • Posted by MRC May 06, 2020 at 12:57

    Totally agree with this idea, we need consistency at this fragile time.
  • Posted by utasjoolz May 06, 2020 at 13:06

    The UK government has different values and aims as well as a different situation in different UK countries, partly due to different population density and partly due to different ethics. If we stay consistent with the UK government we lose all agency and who that leads to you can see by looking at what happened in the first 5 weeks after the first case was discovered.
  • Posted by StepRam May 06, 2020 at 13:07

    Restrictions should be linked directly to the issues in one area not applied to all, Travel between areas should be limited and cordon sanitaire imposed, we should not tie ourselves to Boris failures.
  • Posted by Gordy May 06, 2020 at 13:10

    There is no difference "just for the sake of it" Scotland has a seperate health service, population density, needs and society.
    Following UK policy up until now has been disastrous.
    If Science and medical advice says we need to have different policy, then different policy we should have. There is nothing confusing about this, in fact its very very simple. If you live in Scotland you follow Scottish rules, if you live in England you follow English rules. If you live in Scotland and work in England, then you follow Scottish rules at home and English rules at work and vice versa , just like you would do if working in any other country outside Scotland.
  • Posted by Searchers1 May 06, 2020 at 13:12

    Totally 100% agree. Political point scoring must never come into decision making. We are part of the UK and there must be 1 voice coming from UK Government, we can't have 1 set of rules in England and 1 for Scotland. If Wales and NI can apply and stick to UK position then SG need to take note and do the same.
  • Posted by Marc May 06, 2020 at 13:21

    In Australia every state has their own rules in place based on the needs of the people in that state, it works that way the world over and I’m not sure why Scottish people in particular would be ”confused” following the advice given to them by their Government in comparison to any other group of people?

    If Scotland needs to take a different path due to having a different set of circumstances then that’s what’s right to do, no one is politicising it except those that want to undermine the fact that Scotland is a country.
  • Posted by The_Guru May 06, 2020 at 13:31

    It makes sense to be consistent with the rest of the UK. We don't want a situation where we are not allowed to visit family in other parts of the UK
  • Posted by zuzan May 06, 2020 at 14:02

    I have family in England and if England lifts the restrictions to early for Scotland regarding the epidemiology then I do NOT support Scotland following suite.

    Scotland's approach MUST follow the science and evidence for the people of Scotland not simply adhere to whatever is decided based on the much larger population and epidemiology of England.

    If there is 1 more unnecessary death or even infection as a result of simply following England this is simply immoral.
  • Posted by cresswell May 06, 2020 at 14:15

    We are all one country and have been for 400 years. it makes little sense to score political points at the expense of the economy. We should remember who is footing the bill so far- the UK taxpayers.
  • Posted by carol44 May 06, 2020 at 14:29

    Scotland's government has a duty of care towards the Scottish people. This is not a political point; it's a fact. Health is devolved. The UK government policy has allowed tens of thousands of infections; the highest in Europe. Clearly this approach is failing us with catastrophic results. Scotland's approach must be based on peer-reviewed science, regardless of what the rest of the UK does.

  • Posted by Villager1 May 06, 2020 at 15:06

    Our UK government approach to date has been disastrous. Whilst it would be probably be beneficial for the 4 governments to take the same actions the final decision should be left to the Scottish Government in the best interests of the people of Scotland.
  • Posted by Joy May 06, 2020 at 15:36

    Has to be consistent with rest of U.K. otherwise will become very confusing as to the guidance we have to follow.
  • Posted by dav51m May 06, 2020 at 15:57

    Implement a regional strategy to be more pertinent and responsive to the covid issues and conditions.
  • Posted by VMCBD May 06, 2020 at 19:41

    We cannot be consistent with the rest of the UK when already the approaches in application of lockdown, reporting of stats and even what is shared with public in press conferences is so radically different. I want Scotland to take a scientific evidence based approach, and if that means areas of Scotland remain in some versions of lockdown longer than some areas of the rest of the UK then so be it. We should not lift restrictions because someone else is doing so.
  • Posted by jrob May 06, 2020 at 21:06

    Completely agree.
  • Posted by IrvingBulloch May 07, 2020 at 12:00

    Why follow the UK Government , they have their own agenda for the reopening of the Financial centres in London and international flights and ferries.
    We should still isolate as a country to protect the people of UK from travellers bring in virus.
    Look how well New Zealand did in contains and managing virus.
  • Posted by NKTC May 07, 2020 at 12:09

    There is a clear reason why Scotland is different, in that the rate of initial infection and so peak of infection is lagged behind England. Therefore emerging from lockdown at the same time is illogical. Stick to a Scottish approach based on science and facts.
  • Posted by WhyDoINeedAUserNameAgain May 08, 2020 at 16:04

    Instead of coming together and acting to work with and support the UNITED Kingdom, this government has taken every opportunity to show division from the UK.
    Trying to score political points at the expense of national unity
  • Posted by HighlandLass May 08, 2020 at 18:39

    This will be the biggest challenge the lockdown has worked because it's simple and consistent- once the different regions start to do things at a different pace this will be difficult to maintain. It would be better to stick together as one nation but I understand why we wouldn't if we see risk in doing so
  • Posted by Landrover May 11, 2020 at 20:55

    It’s England that is different from the rest of the U.K., not scotland.
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