ScotGov to distance itself from the UKGov as much as possible

It is becoming increasingly clear that the UK Government will announce a loosening of lock down restrictions on Sunday 10th April. If this is the case the Scottish Government must immediately distance themselves from this recklessness.

Why the contribution is important

Doing so will prevent a resurgence in the spread of Covid-19 and save lives.

by MaighstirTodt on May 07, 2020 at 09:19AM

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  • Posted by Serendipity May 07, 2020 at 09:48

    We vote differently, our education system is different, our NHS has different pressures, our population densities are different. We need to be led by the parliament who understands this.
  • Posted by JLaw May 07, 2020 at 09:53

    The main problem seems to be the way messages from UK Government are being put over eg by some informal briefings to some newspapers which get picked up by other media. It is leading to confusion. The daily Scottish Government briefings led by First Minister, backed up by online info and consultation like this, allow people to get real time information with as little media speculation as possible.
  • Posted by Carole64 May 07, 2020 at 10:16

    We have to stand together and issue one clear message to the whole of the UK. National companies need to be able to provide a clear message to all their employees. It's not about politics just now, and whilst I appreciate we have to keep people safe, the lockdown was to protect our NHS, it isn't overwhelmed, we have coped. We now need to protect our economy for the long term future of the country. The vast majority recover from this virus, protect the vulnerable, let the rest of us get back to a form of normal, appreciating that we do still require some social distancing
  • Posted by Pecurb May 07, 2020 at 10:25

    Unfortunately the UK government seem to be reacting to political pressure rather than considering the health implications of the nations. I would urge the Scottish government to continue its policy of doing what is best for Scotland’s community. I am aware that there are a number of ‘voices’ calling for an early easing of the lockdown, for both business and social reasons. However, these must be resisted for the greater good.
  • Posted by Cowden May 07, 2020 at 10:51

    More nationalist rubbish
  • Posted by Megrae May 07, 2020 at 11:26

    As far as I am aware we are still members of the U K! Legislation should be across borders,the SNP should realise,that this is not the time for political point scoring!
  • Posted by Bannerman May 07, 2020 at 15:50

    The key is to continue to make decisions based on what is best for Scotland.
  • Posted by MaighstirTodt May 07, 2020 at 19:16

    This is not a political point but some commenting here seem to want to make it one. Please stop.
  • Posted by johnltash May 07, 2020 at 22:59

    Whilst I am not a lover of either Boris Johnson or Nicola Sturgeon I have to say that the First Minister handled the coronavirus situation far far better than the Prime Minister of the UK. Whilst it would be helpful to have all four nations pulling in the same direction I really don't think that it is going to happen especially in regards to the relaxation of the lockdown. I'd rather put my faith in Nicola than Boris!
  • Posted by Kim May 08, 2020 at 11:05

    We should all be doing the same things. We one nation. SNP afternoon briefing should be done at the same time as the UK briefing, to allow the same messages to come out at the same time.

    We can not let England come out of lock down and Scotland to continue, why should this be when in Scotland we had started the lock down earlier, cancelled large groups, closed schools and suggesting were masks earlier. When now must we continue in lock down.

    SNP need to focus on the bigger picture.
  • Posted by MSW68 May 08, 2020 at 11:56

    The UK must remain united in coming out of lockdown, otherwise if some restrictions are lifted in England but not Scotland those people living in the south of Scotland who are still furloughed with time on their hands could take a day trip to Carlisle for a haircut!
  • Posted by kylo May 11, 2020 at 18:08

    Agree with Serendipity’s comment and it’s sense of direction. That this essence of devolved government needs to be progressed further has become clearer as the crisis evolves.
    The framework should be made in close consultation with unions who have a track record of valuing health and safety. We could tie in with move to make the huge contribution from European and overseas workers in the health and care sectors by continuing to make a welcoming environment in Scotland, and give this more concrete form. The care sector needs more government support and direction, carers work should be reflected in conditions, rights and wages. Mental health cannot be separated from the hostile environment created by Brexit and the Scottish government should continue to mitigate this damage and impending betrayal.
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