Stop censoring critical debate on covid 19

Honest discussion on handling of crisis is being stifled.

Why the contribution is important

Only one side of the discusion is being heard. Critics are stiffled.

by mg68 on May 05, 2020 at 08:14PM

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  • Posted by scotjs May 05, 2020 at 20:24

    This isn't really an idea. More of a criticism. If the idea is "stop censoring critical debate" though then it should include examples of where that's been the case so that whoever in government is censoring debate knows that's where and how they are doing it, and so that we as the public know who is doing that and what they're doing.
  • Posted by lindyloo May 05, 2020 at 20:29

    I totally agree. The government keep saying they are making decisions based on science. What science. Shos us the workings and data and let us make up our mind. They arent even looking at data or evidence from other countries. As soon as Sweden is mentioned its dismissed. Scientists in Switzerland say its ok for children to hug grandparents. We are told we cant. Who is right the Swiss or us? Following the science means looking at various data and evidence and coming to a balanced decision.
  • Posted by Robbie2005 May 05, 2020 at 20:43

    I agree. There has been a largely one-sided apocalyptic version of the science put out there.
  • Posted by davemc May 05, 2020 at 20:51

    I do not believe that criticism is being stifled. The Press has been critical of many UK and Scottish Government decisions during the pandemic - late testing, shortage of PPE, lack of transparency . . .
    Some of the criticism has probably been justified, some not in my opinion, but it has been there.

    With regard to the Science, the minutes of the Scottish scientific group advising the Scottish Government are published online . . . the minutes of SAGE which advises the UK government are not - in fact we do not even know who is on that group as the UK Government refuses to tell us.
  • Posted by Ayecanchange May 05, 2020 at 20:54

    Agree with lindyloo What is the science. let us see,hear,debate the evidence. we’re not stupid.
  • Posted by Kylesku May 05, 2020 at 21:01

    The media has been turned into Govenment mouthpieces. I never though i would see the day whwn government policies that affect so many of the population are backed by the entire media. Where are the checks & balances that we desperately need ? Democracy has died.
  • Posted by Kylesku May 05, 2020 at 21:04

    Also why is no mention ever made of Sweden & that they have a lowr death & infection rate than Scotland ?

    The media only seems interested in terrifying the population. My poor Dad desperately needs to go to hospital but is utterly terrified as he think he will never come out after listening to the news for the last few weeks. He is in constant pain. I am sure there are thousands like him out there who are too scared to get teh medical treatment they need.
  • Posted by wendovers May 05, 2020 at 21:32

    ive also seen several ideas on here mysteriously dissapear, this board is being censored
  • Posted by lindyloo May 05, 2020 at 22:22

     I have yet to see any of the main "news" channels having any scientists on refuting claims that the lockdown saves lives. We need open honest debate, we need scientists of all backgrounds giving their evidence.I couldnt get over the glee the media had when Germany's infection rate rose slightly a couple of day after they lifted measures. I notice they didn't mention it when rates fell back again. I really feel for you and your dad Kylesku. The government and media in particular have absolutely terrified people. It doesn't help when doctors and nurses make interviews saying how exhausted they are and busy the hospital is. Older people dont want to bother bigger doctors and they are think the hospitals are full to bursting with coronavirus
  • Posted by ArchieM May 07, 2020 at 17:04

    Why is it that in the daily briefings the press are not allowed follow up questions on the answers provided by the Government. It would appear that the “questions “ are known in advance thus easy to answer but there is no one taking the spokespeople on and challenging them on the answers.

    Why are the public not allowed to ask questions ?
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