Posted (or should I say shared) on the United Against Separation FB page just now - interesting read:
Thank you, Nicola Sturgeon. I look forward to my £500 bonus.
Thanks for holding out on the calls of unions for care staff to wear masks at work, until as late as April 9th, long after the virus had infiltrated many care homes.
Thanks for hiding shamelessly behind weasel words in April and May, when ministers claimed that testing of care staff was 'being rolled out', in spite of basic arithmetic (the number of tests and the number of care staff) proving that it simply wasn't happening.
Thanks for falsely claiming in February that Scotland had "probably the best testing capacity in the world" - and for closing a covid testing lab in July.
Thanks for refusing suggestions to test in various situations - students arriving on campus, at airports, NHS staff, visitors to care homes - while all the time praising Scotland's testing system.
Thanks for relying heavily on a clinical director who told journalists in March that he would happily visit his grandmother because he did not have symptoms, promoting the dangerous assumption - not one the Chinese made when they chose to lock 12 million people in their homes in January - that the virus is not transmitted asymptomatically.
Thanks for allowing covid positive patients to be moved from hospitals into care homes, and for continuing to allow it even now - defending the practice, in spite of your health secretary telling parliament that it is no longer happening.
Thanks for claiming in the summer that the prevalence of the virus in Scotland was a fifth that of England - a claim rebuked by the Statistical Authority, since at that point no population survey of the prevalence of the virus in Scotland was being carried out.
Thanks for using parliamentary time during a pandemic for a motion to prepare for an independence referendum, and for demanding that one be held in 2021 - in spite of the obvious fact that the fallout for jobs and health will be unfolding for the whole of that year and well beyond it.
Thanks for your rhetorical anger about the UK disrespecting the will of the Scottish parliament, while you continue to block an inquiry into deaths in care homes in spite of parliament voting for one.
And thanks, again, for the bonus. Thanks for pretending that it cannot be a full £500, announcing the policy along with a ridiculous attack on the UK Government. You must know that the tax you say is being stolen from Scotland's health and social care workers will be returned in due course to the Scottish Government, to spend as it wishes, and that it is therefore your choice to offer it as £500 gross rather than net. Creating bad blood between two governments during a global emergency is really classy.
Sincerely, I understand why you have a reputation for being smart, kind and conscientious. Such reputations are hard-earned. You have a very difficult job.
But your flaw is that you are blinded by ideology. You committed as a teenager to a plan to separate Scotland from the UK, and you cannot see the harm this does to your ability to govern.
If you get your way, as the sketchy economic blueprint you commissioned concludes, on the basis of sums done before the covid debt burden, that by severing our finances from wealth that is concentrated in the southeast of England we will be forced to cut funding for public services for a decade.
Your intention is to implement these cuts as soon as possible, pandemic or not. Your plan is to do so without a central bank that can create money to finance debt. You risk the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable people, not your own.
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With regard to the first point, Care Homes are independent of Government as they are privately run businesses, they could have quite easily implemented their own policy of mask wearing.
Care Homes should have their own policies in place with dealing with any outbreak of disease, after all they are highly at risk of norovirus, flu, C. Diff etc.
The rest however are all legitimate points that are hard for SNP to defend.
And thanks for the £500. (not sure what it will be after tax)