Friday, 1 May 2020

OH dear, David Mundell shown to be idiot by his own boss.

It seems that in their desperate desire by Unionist to attack Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP Government in Scotland , that they have not considered that , the Westminster Goverment might consider following her own lead

Yesterday Boris Johnson said face coverings will be "useful" when lockdown restrictions are eased to "give people confidence they can go back to work".

It comes two days after Health Secretary Matt Hancock said there was only "weak science" supporting advice from the Scottish government that people should wear face coverings in shops and on public transport.

"I do think face coverings will be useful," the prime minister said during the government's daily briefing on the COVID-19 crisis.

"What I think Sage [the government's scientific advisory group] is saying, what I certainly agree with, is that as part of coming out of the lockdown, I do think face coverings will be useful.

"Both for epidemiological reasons but, also, for giving people confidence that they can go back to work.

"You're going to be hearing more about that and that kind of thing next week."

Step forward. David Mundell, the Conservative MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale & Tweeddale, who apparently was enraged by reports Ms Sturgeon is planning to shut Scotland's border to England.The former Secretary of State for Scotland tweeted

: “This is RIDICULOUS talk. We are one United Kingdom. There is no border between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom.”

So when Scotland followed Wales in introducing a Smoking Ban and Bag Charges , there was  no border and different laws?

"One Briton tproposed plan from the Scottish government sparked outrage on Twitter, with some Britons questioning the First Minister's decision.One Briton tweeted: “We are the UK, we are united. In times like this we need to stick together, not separate. There was a vote and Scots decided to stay in the UK for a reason.”Another said: “They had the chance to vote for independence and they stayed a part of the United Kingdom.”However, supporters of the First Minister attacked David Mundell himself.One Scot tweeted: “The reason for you being replaced as Secretary for State for Scotland was not because they removed the border. It was because you were not very good at it and probably for saying job-denying stuff like this.”Another said: “One united kingdom? Trying passing a Scottish banknote south of the border. Of course there's a border and any responsible politician, if there's a health threat to Scotland, would support any measure taken by the government to protect the health of its people.
A third furious Scot tweeted: “There is a border. It’s clearly shown in maps, we even have signs. We just aren’t allowed to shut them to protect our citizens. I’d shut it in a minute to save one Scottish life whereas you don’t care as long as we die British!”It comes after Nicola Sturgeon was quizzed in a TV interview by the BBC’s Andrew Marr on whether she had the power to close the frontier if she needed to.Mr Marr asked her: “It does look as though Scotland might exit the lockdown in a slightly different way with different regulations or rules than England."In those circumstances - I know that you like questions about borders - do you have the power to close the border, if you need to?”Ms Sturgeon replied: “I don't have the power to close borders but these are discussions of course we want to continue to have with the UK Government.“And on this question of will Scotland do things differently: Not for the sake of it, we won’t“Only if the evidence and our judgement tells us that that is necessary.“Now that would mean, if, and it is an if, and I'm not saying that we're likely to get into this territory, if the UK Government took decisions that I thought were premature in terms of coming out of the lockdown, then clearly I would want to make sure that Scotland did what I judged was best to protect the population.“But the virus doesn't respect borders or boundaries and people travel freely across different parts of the UK.“And that's why I think it has been important as well as for the simplicity of messages to have as much consistency across the UK as possible and I think that's still the starting point, but we all have to take decisions that we judge to be right.“It's not political in any way shape or form.”

From the end part of the Express article it looks to me that even they realised that the Tory Government may well be planning to give the same advise as   Ms Sturgeon and their headline

"Sturgeon faces backlash over 'ridiculous' coronavirus plan to shut border with England"

Is absolute bollocks.

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