Stroke recovery update

I thought it was about time that I gave everyone an update on how my recovery is going since the stroke. It’s now been four months since the stroke, and although I’m still experiencing significant issues, I’m definitely doing much better than I could have hoped just a few weeks ago.

I no longer use the walking stick at all inside the house, but still rely on it when venturing outdoors – not that we are able to do that much at the moment. Even with the stick I can only manage very limited distances have to use the wheelchair for anything further -with the stick I could manage to get to the corner of my street – perhaps 100 yards or so. I had intended to attempt to walk to the corner while using the stick, and to do that daily and try to get a little bit further every day, in order to build up my strength and stamina, but the recent icy weather put paid to that notion until today.

=Just back from some walking practice and I did better than I thought, and was able to get down the stairs by myself – I only needed Peter’s help to hold the walking stick while I held onto the handrail. Then I managed to walk to the corner and back holding the walking stick in my hand, without actually using it, although I could feel my left leg getting very tired so that was as far as seemed prudent to push things for the time being. Next time I’ll try to get a few metres further. Then going up the close stairs, from the first floor landing I held the walking stick in my left hand. So I am getting very close to the point of being able to get up and down stairs without needing assistance. That’s a huge improvement.

Mentally I feel I’m doing a lot better. I’m not as forgetful as I was and friends I chat with regularly on the phone say that I am no longer repeating myself, no longer repeating myself, Which I was doing a lot in the weeks after being released from hospital.

In other little victories – I can now manage to flick the light switch and flush the toilet using my left hand, or at least I can nine times out of ten – that’s a massive improvement, just a couple of weeks ago it was no times out of ten. My left leg and hand and arm are still very weak. It’s only within the past few days that I’ve had enough strength in my fingers to flick a light switch, so things are definitely going in the right direction. It’s important to keep working on it. I also have to keep doing stretching exercises as in the weeks and months after a stroke the tendons tend to shrink due to a lack of normal muscle use. It makes me a bit stiff and sore, but it’s important to persevere with the exercises even though they can be uncomfortable. I’m taking some CBD paste, with a bit of chocolate to disguise the taste, at bedtime, and that’s definitely helping me get a decent night’s sleep.

I have even started to try and involve my left hand in typing, It’s slow and laborious, the movement in my left hand is pretty gross and uncoordinated. However the important thing is that there is useful movement. The goal over the next weeks and months will be to refine it, work on fine motor control and to build up strength and stamina.

I don’t really like to focus on the negative but one of the biggest problems with using my left hand is that I have very little feeling in it. So when attempting to pick something up I can’t actually feel if I have a grasp of it or not. Apparently movement recovers before sensation, so feeling might well return to my fingers and hand. One tip suggested by the physiotherapist was to use something with a coarse texture to help reawaken the nerves, so I’ve been rubbing my fingertips with a nail brush. When I do that I am aware of a tickling sensation in the palm of my hand, so something is definitely happening, even though the nerve signals are still a bit messed up.

Another serious issue is fatigue. I’m told that for a large number of stroke survivors this is one of the most debilitating symptoms they face. That’s certainly my experience too. I find I have very limited energy and need to pace myself. As far as the blog is concerned that means that I don’t have the strength and energy to keep on top of comments moderation – so I am pleading with you all to please refrain from name-calling and insulting one another, and above all, ask yourself before commenting how your words will be seen by someone who is yet to be convinced of the case for independence. If what you’re about to post won’t help to persuade them that Scotland must become independent – then perhaps think twice about commenting at all. Thank you all for your co-operation. Someone suggested taking maca root capsules (sometimes called Peruvian ginseng) for the fatigue I’ve started doing that but it’s too early to say whether it’s having an effect. However I am told that the fatigue will eventually resolve itself.

Overall I’m feeling pretty positive. It helps to focus on what you can do rather on what you can’t, and to keep pushing at the limits of your abilities – although that’s not always an easy balance to strike. But that’s the road to recovery. It’s not going to happen by magic, and it’s certainly not going to happen if I sit about moping and feeling sorry for myself. There’s still a long road to travel, but considering it’s only four months since the stroke, I’m now in a far better place than I could possibly have hoped for just a few months ago when I was lying semi-paralysed in a hospital bed, not knowing if I’d ever be able to walk or work again.

There’s so much to look forward to. We have a provisional moving date of 29 January, and then Peter and I start a whole new chapter of our lives in South Ayrshire. And of course we have crucial elections and the prospect of an increasingly self-confident Scotland that is moving towards independence. I am determined to focus on my recovery so I can play as full a role as possible in helping to make that happen – and getting strong enough so that I can get another dug. No dug can ever replace Ginger of course, but life is always better with a dog in it.

Once again I’d like to thank all the regular readers of the blog and The National column for all your love and support. You got me through some very bleak and dark days and out the other side. You’re all amazing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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200 comments on “Stroke recovery update

  1. Maggie Noakes says:

    Great stuff.Take your time Paul.Nobody is going anywhere just now and I guess it will be months before we get back to “normal”.Mask wearing will be the norm I suspect.Some beach walks for you in the warmer weather will be a plus.Cheers.

  2. Craig Macinnes says:

    Great to hear you’re on the mend. Slow and steady wins the race Paul.

  3. Lynn Fraser says:

    Good news Paul. Time as the saying goes is the best healer, along with a scottish size does of determination. Look after you and yours, we will all be here when your ready to resume full duties.

  4. barpe says:

    Good to hear all the good news, Paul.
    Take it easy, as you say a lot happening very soon.

  5. john mclaughlin says:

    Just one word for you Paul. You are an Inspiration. nothing more nothing less. Well done on your physical achievements .

  6. Love you Paul! You have tremendous spirit- which is wonderfully infectious! If it’s south Ayrshire you’re going to – then you are nearly at the place I love best in the world- the Rhins. So that’s very good indeed. I hope you roast the unionist nonsense that is being repulsively “ramped up” as they say- they have no shame. Bless you and love to you both.

  7. WendyBea says:

    you’re an inspiration Paul, good luck with the move xx

  8. Hi Paul,

    It’s good to hear you are making progress, even if it feels slow at times, but the important thing is you are heading in the right direction. The fact you can see the progress you have made in such a short space of time should be encouraging for you.

    You could always get yourself a ginger cat and rename your blog to “Wee ginger cat” instead 🙂

    Take care

    HT

  9. Legerwood says:

    Good to hear your progress. Just remember when you walk a wee bit further each day you also have to walk a wee bit further to get back. Remember to factor that in.

    Hope the move goes well.

  10. Hamish100 says:

    Good news. Best wishes from my family

  11. Arthur Thomson says:

    It’s great that your recovery is going so well Paul. Be strong, be safe and know we are all with you.

  12. jfngw says:

    Recovery always seems slower than you want it but you will get there. A serious health setback does make you appreciate many things we normally take for granted.

    Also the tenth flush is usually the one you definitely want to work.

  13. Lenny Hartley says:

    All the best with your recovery Paul

  14. Good to hear from you, and that you are continuing to improve. All the best!

  15. P Harvey says:

    Great to hear that you are progressing Paul
    Your determination and mindset is an inspiration! Keep it going and take lots of rest

  16. JSM says:

    Reblogged this on Ramblings of a now 60+ Female and commented:
    Baby steps, slow and steady, tortoise and the hair all head to you getting another dug for us to fuss over! You’re doing great, Paul.

  17. cntstewart says:

    Stay well 👍

  18. Stephen McKenzie says:

    Great news! Now please take it a bit easier

  19. Sandy thomson says:

    Get well soon please, we need guys like you firing on all cylinders

  20. deelsdugs says:

    Great stuff Paul, keep mending, keep on with the CBD paste, it would have worked wonders with Ginger too had he regained his street cred and strength, but, a day at a time and Ginger could be a Rogers in the making…all the best…Keep on Keeping On…

    • weegingerdug says:

      I said to Peter just a week or so before the stroke that I feared Ginger was on the way out. I’ve had dogs since I was 18 and recognised the signs. Then I had the stroke and was admitted to hospital and from Ginger’s perspective his daddy just disappeared. I think that he just gave up then. I’ll always be sad that I wasn’t able to be with him at the very end but Peter was with him and he knew that he was loved.

      • Graeme Mill says:

        I’m not ashamed to tell you that I cried when I heard about Ginger, Paul, particularly because you didn’t get the chance to say “Goodbye”. When my mate, Stuart posted the tragic news on his Indypage, I replied with just one word, “WHY??”. It just seemed so unfair, and I am so proud of you for not giving up, after two HORRIFIC life experiences in such a short space of time. Your advice to us all, as regards moderating the Blog being understandably made far more difficult by your fatigue, in my opinion, make unarguable and unmistakably perfectly good sense, and my own number one rule that I think we should all consider when dealing with trolls is, “DON’T FEED THEM”. Responding to them is EXACTLY what they want. Wishing you continued good progress with your recovery, and I hope all goes well with you and Peter, in moving house at the end of the month.

      • deelsdugs says:

        I know this, and know that feeling of ‘not being there’ when it happens having been away when my elderly Tibetan Mastiff departed the world. Dear Flora stopped eating after I left, and the day I was due to return, she died peacefully in her sleep, at home, with my daughter not far away. I was away for a week. It’s a hard one for sure.

  21. Janette Leck says:

    Just brilliant news, you’re doing very well indeed and have come so far in such a short time
    More power to you and all the very best wishes for your move ❤️🙏🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

  22. gullaneno4 says:

    Good news
    As a [soon to be] near neighbour I would strongly advise signing up with the Maybole Surgery [Health Centre]
    They are first class and have looked after my wife with great care and compassion.
    Listen to your body, somedays will be better than others but you seem pretty determined to set sensible targets.
    Good investment by the way, with the by pass opening this year and a, new Educational Campus at Carrick Academy Maybole should become a bit of a property hot spot.

  23. JoMax says:

    You’re coming on fine, Paul, and your determination is what’s driving you on. Can I just put in a wee word for Peter who’s obviously taking good care of you, too. Your move is something positive to look forward to as well, but it will be really tiring, so take it very easy. We promise to behave ourselves, honest, and we look forward to meeting Wee Ginger Cat!

  24. So glad to see you (gradually) improving, Paul. Easy does it, pal.

    Oh and YES TIMES NINETEEN:

    https://scotgoespop.blogspot.com/2021/01/exclusive-scot-goes-pop-survation-poll.html

  25. yesindyref2 says:

    “One tip suggested by the physiotherapist was to use something with a coarse texture to help reawaken the nerves”

    Years ago I got RSI and had been favouring my right hand which was the wrong thing to do, the physio gave me an exercise to hold a pencil between my pinkie and ring finger for a few seconds each day. Naturally I did it way more often than that, and when I got back to the physio greatly imrpoved, she said she had been worried I’d never get those fingers back working again. The fingers had felt completely numb.

    I guess also it could help the brain cells to concentrate on holding that pencil between the two fingers and not letting it drop!

    Oh yeah, and these days it’s very very rare I get even a twinge of RSI, only if I’m doing some repetitive stuff with that hand for too long, and I know the warning signs to cease and desist – like kind of bruising in the fingertips – or finish and take it easy for a week. That wouldn’t be relevant for you I guess.

  26. dorancaird says:

    Dear Paul keep it up. You are doing fantastically well. Being tired is par for the course. Take care. You are needed. ❤👍

  27. Gregory R Nunn says:

    I believe Robert Fripp said that repetition is a form of change.
    So there’s that.
    And Boris Johnson’s Magnificent Clown Circus is keeping independence in the hearts and minds of those who have hearts and minds. Even pissing the Welsh off so badly that they will likely put the finishing touches on the demise of the UnK before year’s end with their independence movements.
    So, rest, exercise, drink your Irn Bru, try to survive moving, which I hate and believe is one of the most stressful things in life, and blog as you can, even if just a couple of paragraphs.
    Cheers!

  28. Bill Hume says:

    Welcome to sunny Ayrshire…I’m being a bit facetious here. Honestly, moving to Ayrshire in January is a bit brutal, unless you are into masochism.
    That said, Spring will be glorious and I hope to be able to welcome you here in person when the weather improves and we can get marching for independence again.
    One small point……FFS get a dug that gets on with other dugs……My Emma was well pissed off that she couldn’t meet Wee Ginger.

  29. Hamish100 says:

    The survation poll also shows more women voting for independence and the snp and it appears in part because of the FM.

    Still in the whingers blog
    Kenny says:
    18 January, 2021 at 6:14 pm
    I’d like to add, too, that my vote will most definitely not be going to SNP in May – unless the guilty are gone before then. Why would I condone and perpetrate the behaviour of the criminally out of control? I’ll be emailing my MSP to inform him of this.

    Poor Kenny, the National, illustrated at the week-end that for whatever

    • Petra says:

      Poor Kenny can therefore vote for the Tories, as he was probably planning to do anyway 😀. Then again the Unionists parties are chockablock with ”criminally out of control” guilty people. What a dilemma for him (them), eh?

  30. John Rutherford says:

    So good to hear her makin progress Pal. Onwards & Upwards!

    Take care & a the very best!

  31. Hamish100 says:

    … the rights or wrongs most ordinary people do not care about this case.

    Time they recognised this.

  32. Dr Jim says:

    Defo concerned about your diet if you’re having to flash the toilet ten times

    Tee hee!

    • Bob Lamont says:

      I’d be more concerned about Paul’s mental condition and marital state if he felt it necessary to flash a toilet…
      YMMV.. 🤣

  33. Bob Lamont says:

    Wonderful to hear of personal progress Paul, hopefully the flitt will give added zest to your recovery, which when all is said and done has been quite excellent.
    With Labour caught in a fight between Anas and Twoas and an imminent election, your Gove leg and Eustace hand may see you offered of candidature from Chuckiedoll or DRoss in the interim, beware of Geeks carrying gifts..
    Stay well and good luck to you both for the next phase of Armageddonthere…

  34. Gariochquine says:

    Lovely to hear you’re making such fantastic progress. Hope you’ve got plenty of people helping with the move, to make it as stress-free as possible.

  35. Petra says:

    Paul thanks for that detailed update and great to hear that, ”things are definitely going in the right direction 😀.” You take care of yourself. Focus on setting realistic short term aims (as you seem to be doing) to reach your long term objective, full recovery, and know that we’ll be here to carry on no matter how often, or not, you post an article. A big thank you to Peter who seems to have been an absolute godsend and of course thanks to your mammy too. Good luck with the house move and plans to fill it with pets 🐶😺.

    And when you say, ”You’re all amazing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart”, I say no it’s you that’s amazing and I (no doubt all of us) thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the fantastic work that you’ve done on behalf of the independence movement and for keeping this site going under the most difficult of circumstances. I for one would be lost without it (you) X

  36. ScotsCanuck says:

    well done, Paul … excellent news on the recovery front !! …. you are on the bounce and you’ll be in the Vanguard come the Election Surge in May ….. so “steady as it goes” till then & enjoy those wee victories …. every day is one step (literally !!) back to recovery …. the Independence movement needs your input.

  37. Dr Jim says:

    In the beginning there was the word and the word was Brexit and the disciples of the word the Farage the Johnson and the others spread the word and it was good
    In the land of the Scots came a fisherman whose name was Bertie Armstrong and he was the representative of the word and promised the Brexit would be good for all the people in the land
    So much was the disciple of the word Bertie Armstrong revered in the land the tellers of tales held him up as an example to the people in nightly broadcasts to the people across the land, the scribes filled their periodicals with the word of Fisherman disciple Bertie Armstrong and the word was Brexit and they said it was good

    There was a good woman in the land and her name was Nicola who led and guided the people through health and education and many other good things and she spoke out against the bringers of Brexit saying it was not good, but this good woman was not listened to, she was shunned by the tellers of tales and the scribes in the land because she was but a woman and had not the voices of men to reach the ears of the people

    Fast forward 2021 and every damn fisherman in Scotland says we were screwed by the Bastirts who convinced them of the benefits of Brexit, but are the media having them on the TV day and night, night after night, are the newspapers filling up their pages with the betrayal of every single one of these people who were conned, no they’re not, and why? because the guy who convinced them is gone awaiting his reward of a peerage to the House of Lords in England and the guy who made it happen (the Prime Minister of England) says *Teething problems* and the entire media accept that and the fishermen who are complaining get fined for going from Scotland to England breaking lockdown rules and causing disruption in England’s capital city

    Remember that good woman I spoke about, she outlined every move of what’s just happened but they wouldn’t listen, remember 2014 when that same good woman outlined exactly what would happen about leaving the EU and they wouldn’t listen then either

    It’s about damn time Scotland listened to this good woman, she keeps getting it right

    • JoMax says:

      Ah, but that famous 16th century blogger John ‘monstrous regimen of women’ Knox would have none of this ‘women in charge’ stuff and to this day he is summoning his followers to have this good woman flung in jail for … something – I hear tell it’s for wearing a tartan mask and offering someone an apple in a garden, a puir innocent man, they say.

  38. Petra says:

    Aye Nicla telt them, Dr Jim, but did they listen? Naw!

    Nick🇬🇧🇪🇺:- ”Palletways, one of Europe’s largest pallets networks, joins logistics & delivery giants DB Schenker & DPD in stopping trade with UK. However you voted… Brexit is now officially a car crash.” https://mobile.twitter.com/nicktolhurst/status/1350869729620197379

    ……………………………………

    Winston Collinge:- ”I just thought this was a bad joke when I read it. They can’t be serious?” https://mobile.twitter.com/gwcollinge/status/1350380942670635008

    • Petra says:

      Another bad joke. Who the h*ll will actually want to deliver anything to the UK now?

      Tomasz Oryński;- ”Polish trucking magazine http://40ton.net reports: A Polish truck driver entered Kent on Monday with valid Kent permit. He turned up at Ashford when they told him that his documents need to be double-checked, so he was sent to a different truck park to wait. On Wednesday (!) he was informed his paperwork got a green light and told to come back to Ashford custom place only to find that custom truck park is full. He was told to park on yet another truck park which serves the queue. There, the police come and fined him 300 pounds because his Kent access permit has by this time expired. So apparently the document called “kent access permit” needs to be renamed to “Kent accessing and then sitting for days, waiting for the paperwork permit”. Also, in Ashford drivers have to wait up to 4 hours outside in the rain in the queue to the customs office. “The English tell you to leave the compound after paperwork is done even if your driving time is over. You can’t just drive out and park in the lay-by, as they will slam a wheel clamp on you for that… I’ve been fucked about for two days in United Whoredom. Now the best thing: I arrived in Germany, it took 15 minutes”. https://mobile.twitter.com/TOrynski/status/1349919682447421445

  39. Cathy says:

    Great to read this blog. I am amazed how well you are doing and have already produced so many great blogs. Always my favourite blogger so keep doing those exercises and good luck with the house move.

  40. Marion Richardson says:

    Stay strong. You’re a star x

  41. Petra says:

    Watch:- ‘Devi Sridhar hits out at Lord Sumption’s controversial Covid comments.’

    ”A global health expert has hit out at Lord Sumption’s comments about some lives being less valuable during the pandemic.”..

    http://www.thenational.scot/news/19020322.devi-sridhar-hits-lord-sumptions-controversial-comments/

    ………………………………………..

    Breaking the Ministerial Code again! Seemingly you do that if you lie to Parliament, as per the mouth. If that’s the case the Commons would be totally empty, imo.

    ‘Calls for Jeane Freeman’s resignation demonstrate Tory double standards.’

    ..”Douglas Ross is calling for the Health Secretary Jeanne Freeman to resign, saying she has broken the Ministerial Code because she gave too much information about vaccine supply on the Scottish Government’s website. In the meantime Victoria Prentis, the UK fisheries minister, is backed by Boris and presumably DRoss (since he has not said a word against her) even though she admitted to a parliamentary committee she was too busy at Christmas to read the new regulations in the Brexit deal for fisheries.”..

    http://www.thenational.scot/politics/19018201.double-standards-play-tories-call-freemans-resignation/

  42. Capella says:

    Great news Tin Tin. Keep taking the tartan tablets and BREATHE.
    We’ll all still be here when you choose to post again. Looking forward to seeing the Cat. Cats are funny. But so was Ginger.

  43. Alba woman says:

    Cats are great for snoozing ….they just love to relax and chill out. Your recovery is coming along nicely. Peter is looking after you so well. Pacing is an important key to recovery. It took me ages to figure that out…..You have worked out pacing’s importance very early. Congrats.

    Watched Lord Jack McConell giving forth recently …the words spat from his mouth were filled with hatred and delusion . Donald Trump’s wee clone. Desperate man.

    • Stephen McKenzie says:

      Alba Woman. Yes I have noticed Lord Jack on TV quite a bit recently. Has he a book coming out soon?

      He does seen to try and come across as a bit of loud hectoring head master, lecturing us Scots not to dally with foolish notions of Scotland as an entity who could envisage itself as successful.

      Mind you, he was the man who gave back over one billion of Scotland’s funding to the UK Treasury since he could not think of what to spend it on,

      Got a nice bit of ermine for that right enough..

  44. Yuki says:

    Great news, Paul. Hope you will be completely fine and get what you need and want. Cat is a great company.

  45. John says:

    “that I am no longer repeating myself, no longer repeating myself”

    Cracking typo Paul 👍🏻😃

  46. Eilidh says:

    Great to hear you are doing so well Paul. Look after yourself and take your time with your recovery . Yours is the only blog I regularly read and I always enjoy your viewpoint. It is wonderful you have managed to keep blogging whilst dealing with the after effects of your stroke. I am sure you will enjoy having a cat in the household when you move to your new home

  47. Tatu3 says:

    Glad to hear you keep on improving Paul. A house is not a home without a dog AND a cat.

  48. delighted to read your continuing recovery and I wish you well for your move. Do not overdo it please we need you!

  49. Isobel Macrae-Wilson says:

    Good to hear an update Paul, cats are great for physio, stroking them, texture and easy exercise. Mind if it is like our cats they choose the time!!
    Dogs are good for the soul, unconditional love, but you know that
    Hope you have a spare room for your mammy, all best for the move, and for continued improvements
    By the by, you do know Ayrshire gets a mention in the Bible? “For six days it will rain, and on the seventh it will poor doon”
    Take your wellies and a big raincoat
    (Ex south, east and north Ayrshire resident, now in the dryer colder climes of Sutherland)
    & hello to Peter

  50. Old Pete says:

    Take care, get stronger and both look after each other in these difficult times. Ayrshire is a fine place to live in and apart from a few years I have lived here most of my life so I am a bit biased. Get a dog or cat or both and hopefully you will all soon live happy and content in an Independent Scotland.

  51. bringiton says:

    Well done Paul.
    Keep up the good work.

  52. yesindyref2 says:

    For years this mathematical nonsensity is still doing the rounds:

    A breakdown of voting patterns, drawn from a survey of 5,000 Scots conducted soon after the referendum day, runs counter to the widespread belief that there was a clear split between older and young voters, or that higher earners backed the United Kingdom.
    It did, however, confirm other polling evidence that women were decisive in the result. While men were 53% for ‘Yes’, women were 57% for ‘No’.

    Has anyone apart from me actually tried to translate that into the actual referendum result of YES 44.7%, NO 55.3% – and worked out how many women there are to each man in Scotland? We should be so lucky! For those who can’t be bothered, it’s 8 each. Yes, Scotland has 8 times as many women as men according to Edi Uni, who knew?

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-34283948

  53. Elmac says:

    Good to have the update Paul. Very detailed and will be a source of inspiration for many recent stroke sufferers. Keep up the hard work, it will pay dividends. Ginger will live on in your memory but another dug sounds eminently sensible.

    Pleased to hear you will be joining us soon in South Ayrshire. It’s a lovely part of the world when it stops raining!

  54. Thanks for the update, Paul. It is so good to hear what excellent progress you are making. You are an inspiration in more ways than one. Bless you!

  55. Sandy MacGregor says:

    Slàinte Mhath, Sandy.

    ________________________________

  56. Sandy MacGregor says:

    PS

    Slàinte Mhath, Sandy.

    ________________________________

  57. Graeme Mill says:

    I’m not ashamed to tell you that I cried when I heard about Ginger, Paul, particularly because you didn’t get the chance to say “Goodbye”. When my mate, Stuart posted the tragic news on his Indypage, I replied with just one word, “WHY??”. It just seemed so unfair, and I am so proud of you for not giving up, after two HORRIFIC life experiences in such a short space of time. Your advice to us all, as regards moderating the Blog being understandably made far more difficult by your fatigue, in my opinion, make unarguable and unmistakably perfectly good sense, and my own number one rule that I think we should all consider when dealing with trolls is, “DON’T FEED THEM”. Responding to them is EXACTLY what they want. Wishing you continued good progress with your recovery, and I hope all goes well with you and Peter, in moving house at the end of the month.

  58. Golfnut says:

    Good to hear of your progress.

  59. diabloandco says:

    Paul , absolutely delighted to read your update – I have been waiting for good news on your health.

    Don’t overdo it but keep on keeping on!

  60. Golfnut says:

    You really couldn’t make this up.

  61. Golfnut says:

    Although this is from Australia, it’s a mirror image of what’s happened in the uk.

    • Eilidh says:

      Golfnut I work in the Advice Sector and what is mentioned in that article is not happenning in uk and has not even been proposed yet. Our State Retirement pension is crap compared to what happens in some countries in Europe. However it is significantly better than what you get on Universal Credit or if you are ill and still on old Legacy Benefit Employment and Support Allowance which was not uprated at all due to Covid

      • Golfnut says:

        Pensions are ‘ now ‘ classed as a benefit, in other words welfare. I’m not sure why you have introduced comparisons with other welfare payments. The article is specific, it deals with pensions, the lack of a pension reserve, N1 payments redirected by government rather than invested. In other words exactly the same as the uk.

        • Eilidh says:

          Golfnut state pension has always been said to be a benefit in lots of places although pensioners I speak to do not regard SRP as a benefit but something that is paying them for NI contributions made. SRP is not income related so is not welfare benefit the way UC or ESA is that was my point. If you have 35 years full national insurance contributions and you have reached pension age since April 2016 you can normally get full SRP of £175.20 weekly for a single person if you are just under pension age and too ill to work you would only get £74.35 per week. If you don’t have enough years for full SRP and have limited savings you can often have your pension topped up by pension credit which is a welfare benefit (income related,) There has been a lot of moans in recent years that pensioners are getting more than their fair share which I don’t believe is true it is just income related benefits for the unemployed etc are so much worse and I think it would confuse things by saying SRP is a welfare benefit. At the moment millionsires can get SRP providing they have the ni contributions. I am sure Tories would love to make state pension income related but pensioners are more likely to vote for them so that measure would damage them. The things NI is meant to pay for has never been separated or invested into different funds. Don’t see that ever happenning in Uk due to investment volatility. what the Aussies do is up to them

  62. charles mair says:

    Good luck and take care.

  63. Capella says:

    Looking at the front pages of the Scottish yellow press I see that the only thing Westminster and their MSM lackeys have “ramped up” is the industrial scale lying about the vaccine rollout. The UK is vaccinating at twice the rate of the Scottish government, says Telegraph.

    Picture of Boris Johnston in white lab coat holding up a vial of vaccine illustrates the meme.

    Tory MSP health spokesman to the media claims SG is hoarding vaccine at a warehouse, which is dutifully broadcast without any fact checking whatsoever.

    Here’s the Peter Oborne article in the Guardian in November last year quoting BBC executives saying that they won’t counter the PMs Westminster lies as that would undermine trust in government!

    https://archive.vn/ByTWR

    • jfngw says:

      The daily briefing is hard going, do I watch the BBC which cuts the output for the party political broadcasts or listen to the inane questions from the media, who basically all ask the same question but with the words in a slightly different order.

      • Eilidh says:

        I know what you mean yesterday I was shouting at the tv 4 times because of the stupid journalists questions and had to find comfort in a bar of chocolate as soon as it finished. Poor NS I think I would prefer to spend an hour at the dentist rather than endure that lot

        • grizebard says:

          Actually, I rather enjoy the predictably pathetic questioning by the visibly partisan media, and the way that Nicola so masterfully swats them away. I reckon this self-appointed political opposition is an eye-opener to those remaining – and ever diminishing – innocent viewers. The BBC evidently think the same, since they don’t show the show on the main channel. (They have chosen an even more miserable shower of numpties instead, which is just another example for the multicoloured Tories of being careful about what you wish for, heh, heh.)

        • grizebard says:

          I know what you mean – I’ve done my share of groaning too – but I reckon it’s counterproductive, so a price worth paying. (I wrote more on that theme, but yet again for no apparent reason {sigh}, it’s gone straight into the dunny.)

    • Golfnut says:

      Vaccination distribution is controlled by the UK gov through a private company.

  64. jfngw says:

    BBC now running an online story as if having the highest population antibody rate is a positive sign rather than the result of abject failure in England. Apparently Scotland has the lowest growth in antibodies, how to make a positive into a negative.

    How do I only see England’s figures on the BBC when they can spin them as better than the other nations, even when it is the result of failure.

  65. Dr Jim says:

    I was transfixed by a short BBC propaganda war film starring Vera Lynne this morning, the background was the English war effort in the factories of England making the bombs and the bullets from the steel forged in English fire and quenched in cold English water and made in England to vanquish the forces of evil who were out to destroy the *freedom* and happiness of England while Vera sang and spoke in a more posh accent than the Queen of England

    If you ever notice it’s on you should watch it but just for a moment or two turn the sound off and there’s something else you’ll notice apart from the joy, the smiles and the eagerness with which to complete the work

    I completely forgot the name of this film because my jaw was on the floor and my eyes must’ve looked like I had just seen Martians, I ‘ve seen many of these kind of propaganda *encouragement* shorts but this was a doozy

  66. carolclark1 says:

    So pleased to read your update on your health Paul. You’re doing really well, long may it continue.

    I see you’re thinking of getting a cat, but mind, cause you have a cat, you can aye have a dug tae. They do get on, ours have proved that over the years, we’ve even got a photo of our last dug lying in her bed sleeping and one of the cats is there too, nae bother.

    Good luck with the flitting.

  67. Capella says:

    Another excellent Prof R article is this one where he has calculated where Scotland lies in relation to the world league table of deaths for Coronavirus. UK is at the top with 16.5 deaths per million. Yes – the UK has the worst death rate from coronavirus in the world.

    But Prof Robertson recalculates from the figures available and finds that England is still top with 17.86 per million. Scotland is down at 8.81 per million.

    Nothing to be proud of certainly. but shouldn’t we know what the truth is so that better ways of dealing with the crisis can be implemented?

    One of the problems with England allowing this virus to run riot is that new strains, even vaccine resistant strains, can develop when the virus becomes endemic.

    https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2021/01/18/no-were-not-and-youre-the-kind-of-expert-were-paying-to-tell-us-that/

    • jfngw says:

      I keep my own spreadsheet using the date of death rather than the daily totals, it takes about a week for the numbers to stabilise but it gives a much better graph without all the spikes.

      Here are the 5 weeks comparing Scot/Eng up to the 8th Jan, deaths per million Eng first Number:
      92.90 51.19 8-Jan
      73.94 41.32 1-Jan
      58.70 38.57 25-Dec
      48.85 36.38 18-Dec
      45.56 30.71 11-Dec

      The pop totals are taken from the online est pop totals for 2019, obviously the numbers will vary depending on which total you use.

    • Bob Lamont says:

      Certainly nothing to be proud of but as commented previously by Devi Sridhar, it was almost eliminated in Scotland but they could do nothing to prevent re-infection due to #10 policy.

      In reality even the England figure is an average across extensive population clusters, peak levels will be horrendous no matter how Gove’s number smudging division try to disguise it.

      Your ultimate point has been warned of by WHO etc from the beginning, but sooner or later the awful truth of what has happened in England will surface, and with it I suspect truly shocking figures will emerge, the price of English exceptionalism.

      OT – With the BBC in Scotland having broken radio silence in asking the FM at Covid Updates about England vaccinating over 70s, can we now expect similar revelations over comparative infection levels, hospitalisations, ICU and Deaths in England ?

      Incidentally, travellingtabby is now showing all the JCVI priorities with SG’s target dates and numbers vaccinated, what HMS Sarah Smith SHOULD have been doing instead of playing propaganda games.

      • Legerwood says:

        England may be vaccinating over-80s but upwards of 60% of Care Home residents have not been vaccinated yet. In the past week or so Care Home deaths from Covid have risen by 46%
        https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/19/covid-related-deaths-in-care-homes-in-england-jump

        England’s vaccination programme seems to be all over the place. They no sooner start on one group than they are off chasing another group.

        • jfngw says:

          This thread is interesting, England’s care home deaths increase while Scotland’s have reduced. I honestly believe the Tory Gov have given up caring how many die. I think their reasoning is when your approaching 90,000 who will notice another few hundred every week, anyway they are the less valuable to them.

          • Legerwood says:

            They are also releasing people back into Care Homes from hospital without testing them to free up space in the worst affected hospitals in England. Furthermore the UK Gov is having to underwrite this in case the homes are sued because insurers wont cover the Homes.

            The Guardian link I posted up-page has a bit about this towards the end of that article if I remember correctly.

        • Bob Lamont says:

          Correct, they are playing with numbers a la Gove, yet in full panic mode now, hence “Expert” opinion that 12 weeks is adequate contrary to the >21 days originally mandated from Pfizer, and still claiming to be “following the science”. All of this caused by the disaster capitalists who funded this god-awful coup of Brexit in the first place. Coup ?
          The political arse covering on unimaginable scale and consequence has nothing to do with public health, they are hoping to avoid riots. England is disappearing into crematoria while a red squirrel is pointed to northward in the UK’s only subsidy-junkies as no Europeans were available.
          PHE reckoned on a first tranche of X doses, then the Prime Charlatan decided to make it open season for Covid with “Eat out to Help Out”, even Hannibal Lecter would have better grasp of reality, but was never electored into high office.
          There have been people on trial in the Hague for much less than Johnson and the entire rotten cabal in London have inflicted on “their people”, yet England’s “Pol-Pot” will retire with a lucrative pension and probably a statue, sickening but that’s the reality of imprisonment in this “Union”.

    • Capella…The U.K. figure is lower than the England figure
      that’s because including our much lower figure
      helps reduce the U.K. figure
      from the very high england only figure

  68. andyfromdunning says:

    Nice to read your update Paul. Looking forward to your mobility and dexterity improving more. You need to get fit for the party after the Yes indy vote.

    On a news topic isn’t it interesting that in the past queues at Dover used to be all over the news. Now not at all. It proves the maxim about the BBC. Payed for by the State, managed by the State and serves the State.

  69. Robert Oliphant says:

    This might have been commented on before,
    I haven’t read every comment (shocking I know!),
    but I just noticed that there has been a link removed from Paul’s Indy links list.

    Now given it’s a fairly lengthy list,
    fair to say it must have done something major,
    I wonder what that was?!

    Well done Paul,
    glad the recovery is going so well and good to see your mental faculties are still as sharp!

    • weegingerdug says:

      actually a few links have been removed. some were links to defunct sites. others were removed because they had stopped linking back to here – you can ask them why they did that.

      Yet others will be removed and some new ones added as I gradually get around to updating the list.

  70. jfngw says:

    I see Monica Lennon is going with DevoMax and Anas Sarwar is going with whatever the Tory policy is because he is basically a Tory. Of course M.Lennon is trying to fool you, there is no way Labour can deliver DevoMax at Westminster, unlike the SNP which can deliver independence if the people back them in May.

  71. Alex Clark says:

    Pleased to hear of the continuing progress in your recovery and of the plans for the future, here’s to a better future and hopefully one where many of your dreams come true 🙂

  72. Dr Jim says:

    While the English government creates a *security issue* over the Scottish government’s transparency in publishing the figures of vaccinations to be released to where and when in Scotland as requested of them by the opposition parties in Holyrood only for the English government to then have a *hissy fit* as described by the FM over the Scottish government being transparent as requested and doing so, the situation has now become crystal clear as to why the English government did that, they had to supply the opposition parties at Holyrood and the Scottish media with some tools to fight the Scottish election and the forthcoming Independence referendum before both of these things happen, and to do that misinformation had to be circulated, and that misinformation in the minds of the English government does two things, One: it removes the media from reporting on the fiasco and failures of Brexit and takes fishing right off the front page and from our TV screens and Two: it offers all three British Unionist parties the opportunity to hang everything they say on a total fabrication invented by the English government that will have no discernable effect in England, because who in England cares about what goes on in Scotland, well practically nobody and so can be denied or apologised for at some later date in the future when it becomes uninteresting to anybody and the media by then won’t care either

    Protect every lie that Boris Johnson says because if they don’t it undermines confidence in democracy, that’s the BBCs official answer, it appears they don’t remember what happened to Winston Churchill after he did that, in a way it’s testament to the Scottish government that the English government see them as such a strong adversary that they are forced into a position of making such blundering propaganda mistakes

    What’s next English Clown Minister, cavalry?

    • jfngw says:

      The BBC hang onto the government like a frightened toddler. They know if they went down the subscription route they would lose half their income, who would voluntary pay to be lied to. They want to hold onto the extortion funding model, even if you don’t use our services we still want our income protection money.

    • Capella says:

      The FM’s reply to Ruth Davidson was a classic – someone is sure to upload a clip soon.
      Yes it is clear that the demand to remove information about our vaccine supplies and rollout was so that they could lie about Scotland “falling behind” and hiding 400,000 vials of vaccine somewhere, and not getting supplies to GPs and the army having to be deployed to do the job etc etc. NS handled it all with great skill today.

      A clear co-ordinated media attack of misinformation is well underway. Criminally irresponsible during a deadly pandemic IMO.

  73. weegingerdug says:

    You may have noticed that I’ve finally got around to updating the links list.

    I have removed a lot of defunct links and links to sites that have decided that they will no longer link back to here.

    if you have any suggestions for links that should be added please let me know.

  74. Golfnut says:

    As I said up thread, vacc distribution is controlled by uk gov through a private distributor. This is beginning to resemble the PPE fiasco, thankfully the SG published its vaccination timetable which obviously has obviously caused a bit of problem for the planned propaganda program. May well cause westminster a bit of red face in the not to distant future. Excellently handled today by the FM.

    • Legerwood says:

      Both Pfizer and AstraZeneca announced at the end of last week that there would be a temporary reduction in the scheduled supplies of their vaccines.

      Pfizer is upgrading its manufacturing plant in Belgium to increase capacity and this will affect supplies to Europe and UK for a few weeks.

      AstraZeneca is having problems with its manufacturing in UK and seems to be getting its supplies of its vaccine from a plant in the Netherlands. The company seemed to think this was going to be a very temporary situation.

      From what the SG said in the vaccination plan they published they were not having any problems with the UK distributor of the vaccine. The hold up seems to be with the manufacturers themselves.

      • Alex Clark says:

        I think another issue may be that vaccines the UK government claim to be allocated to Scotland are not necessarily the same thing as vaccines actually delivered to Scotland for distribution to GP’s.

        This is what allows the Tories in Scotland and Wales to claim that the devolved governments are “sitting on a stash of the vaccine” 400,000 from a total of 700,000 vaccines in the case of Scotland according to the divine Ruth today.

      • grizebard says:

        Full transparency is the key here, simply so that people can readily see what the constraints (where they exist) really are and how matters are being progressed. Sadly, what we have is one government playing politics with the administration of vaccination and even trying it on with the numbers, and another working assiduously to do the right thing, even to its temporary political disadvantage (as we see in the all-too-predictable media reaction). The FM did (very characteristically) handle this issue well today. As always, the truth will set us free.

      • Golfnut says:

        You kind of missed the point. The SG doesn’t order the vaccine. The UK gov does and allocates the distrubition. A third party distributor holds the stock and distributes as per orders from each of the centres. Actually a good system, tried and tested, it works. No way can the SG be blamed for any failures in distribution process which is what they were trying to do today.

  75. andyfromdunning says:

    Paul had given me permission to put in this video about a possible future. 25 minutes.

  76. Dr Jim says:

    I thought I’d take a look:

    The company delivering the vaccine is Movianto headquartered in Paris France and was part of the Walden group, Movianto is the preferred European healthcare solutions partner

    Walden was a US private healthcare company that was sold to French healthcare company EHDH in 2020 by another of it’s parent partners Owens and Minor, 2020 eh hmm?

    A lot of folk involved in owning some vans that move Pharma around here, what’s that you say, yeah funnily enough I can smell it too

    If only we had actual journalists who weren’t owned by the English press, cabal, government, call it what you will

    • Legerwood says:

      Dr Jim,
      The problems/interruption to supplies at the manufacturers were reported on Frid/Sat by the Guardian, CH4 News and even the Telegraph. Yet on the Sunday Mr Raab, the Foreign Secretary, in an interview denied there were any problems.

      https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/covid-vaccine-dominic-raab-coronavirus-b1788498.html

      There is also the issue of the second dose and the logistics involved in that while trying to continue rolling out the 1st dose to the general population. A strange silence on that issue. Raab was asked about the 2nd dose but was less than certain in his answers as the article shows.

      • grizebard says:

        What is particularly galling about all this is that while the UKGov is fundamentally in charge of vaccine supply, and apparently very keen to hide the details besides, they have the sheer effrontery – as Baroness Boughtup today – to be simultaneously trying to be making political capital with it against the SG. That is thoroughly reprehensible, and I hope it comes back to haunt them.

        • Legerwood says:

          grizebard
          Agreed.

          And now this:
          https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/19/single-covid-vaccine-dose-in-israel-less-effective-than-we-hoped

          I hope people realise that just having one dose does not mean a return to normality. That is a message that has to be hammered home at every opportunity

          • Alex Clark says:

            Delaying the second dose to twelve weeks was always a gamble as there was no evidence from the trials as to the effect of doing so since they were based on the second dose being administered after 3 or 4 weeks.

            I fully understand the reasons for doing so and it might work out for the best, lets hope it doesn’t turn out to have been another cockup.

            • grizebard says:

              Likewise, though it is a measure of the degree of panic among virologists in England about the current situation there. The US appears to be drifting the same way, and for the exact same reason.

              I’m assuming that at some point a pause will have to be taken with new vaccinations in order to complete the existing ones.

              I’m also slightly troubled though by what might be another “foot in mouth” by Jason Leitch at one of the recent briefings, in which he (rightly) stated that it didn’t matter who actually made the 2nd dose, but then veered into using Pfizer and Astra Zeneca as examples, these firms of course making entirely different vaccines, none of which ASFAIK have been evaluated in combination.

              This only a day or so after Nicola at another briefing assured us that this kind of mixing was definitely not policy. Nobody seemed to pick up on this, but it lingers uncomfortably there. All driven, as it is, by English priorities.

              • Alex clark says:

                It would be a very good strategy I think to start right now by giving the 2nd dose to every care home resident who had the 1st dose at least 3 weeks ago.

                I really wouldn’t pause with the rollout to get them their 2nd dose, not so much the staff or front line NHS workers who are also top of the list but are more likely to able to wait a bit longer than someone old and infirm.

                • grizebard says:

                  Indeed, I was assuming it would be at some strategic point after all the most vulnerable had been covered first.

                  Of course, if supplies allow it, 2nd dose “catchup” administration and a (temporarily slowed) ongoing 1st administration could proceed in parallel, so there wouldn’t be any pause as such.

                  • Legerwood says:

                    And how confident are you that the UK Gov could manage that? For example, scheduling vaccine supplies? Or even thinking far enough ahead to realise they had to organise the second dose in parallel with continuing the 1st dose rollout.

                    • grizebard says:

                      Indeed. A sobering thought.

                      I made an indirectly related observation in my response to statgeek downthread.

    • Bob Lamont says:

      https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2021/01/19/conservative-governments-vaccine-strategy-kills-more-than-a-thousand-in-care-homes-again/
      Scroll down for the MSM Monitor Analysis…
      Then look again at SG critics such as Baroness Boughtup and realise they’ve been in on it along with PQ etc…

  77. Petra says:

    Stewart McDonald MP:- ”Vaccine transparency is essential. Those presenting themselves fact-checkers have a duty to be anchored in truth, not politics & dubious guesswork. I’ve asked Twitter & Facebook to review what looks like an astroturf campaign of political disinformation targeted at Scotland.” https://mobile.twitter.com/StewartMcDonald/status/1351219944248246273

    ………………………………………………

    ”England are not following the JCVI advice. Scotland has vaccinated nearly 100% of all care home residents England hasn’t even done 40% yet because they are prioritising the less vulnerable.” https://mobile.twitter.com/gdog2010_john/status/1351257089260335104

  78. Petra says:

    ”Threat to GM Free Farming in Scotland.”

    https://theorkneynews.scot/2021/01/18/threat-to-gm-free-farming-in-scotland/

    ………………………………………………….

    ‘Nuclear convoy entering Scotland mid-Covid lockdown sparks anger.’

    http://www.thenational.scot/news/19020852.nuclear-convoy-entering-scotland-mid-covid-lockdown-sparks-anger/

  79. Petra says:

    Some good news 😀.

    ‘Motor neurone disease: Edinburgh University study finds way to reverse damage.’

    http://www.thenational.scot/news/19022679.motor-neurone-disease-edinburgh-university-study-finds-way-reverse-damage/

    ……………………………..

    And, eh, bad news 🙄. Then again that should help us to get our Independence 😉.

    ‘Tory MPs reject amendment to protect NHS from international trade deals.’

    ”Conservative MPs have been branded “disgraceful” after they voted down an amendment to the Trade Bill which sought to ensure the NHS is excluded from future trade deals.”..

    http://www.thenational.scot/news/19023354.tory-mps-reject-amendment-protect-nhs-international-trade-deals/

  80. Petra says:

    Tom French:- ”Six rebel Tory MPs voted with @theSNP tonight to oppose Boris Johnson’s devastating cuts to Universal Credit. Not a single Scottish Tory was among them. Not ONE.” https://mobile.twitter.com/tomfrench85/status/1351267509920542720

    …………………………………..

    Check out Ann’s latest links on the Indyref2 site.

    https://indyref2.space/forum/topic/links-tuesday-19-january-2021/

  81. Dr Jim says:

    If it wisnae fur the army where would we be
    we widnae huv a vaccine or infirmaree
    we widnae huv a pot tae piss in we’d be died and gone
    if it wisnae fur the work o the Aarmy

    I’d just like to thank the English government for lending us poor misbegotten Jocks a few dozen of their Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

    There we are then that’s them thanked Zat OK Baroness?

  82. Golfnut says:

    Just received some info regarding the vaccs process being changed. This is apparently from my medical practice who have just completed the over 80 vaccs 100%. The change comes from Ayrshire and Arran Health board who have withdrawn vaccs from the practice and centralizing the process. The Health board say this comes from the SG. There was absolutely no mention of this in the FM’s statement today in Parliament and seems contrary to the outgoing process of opening vaccs centres throughout Scotland, a process which isn’t yet complete. Yoons are having a field day on the practice site.

    • Alex Clark says:

      Anybody can actually post something on a medical practice site? Why?

      • Golfnut says:

        Are you asking ‘ why ‘ I posted this or ‘why ‘ it’s on the website.

        • Alex Clark says:

          I’m asking why any medical practice would allow anyone in the public to post on their website as you have claimed. “Yoons are having a field day on the practice site”

          Got a link so as I might refute their claims?

          • Golfnut says:

            Second line of my comment ” this is ‘ apparently ‘ from the practice web site. Unlike you Alex I have made no assumption that the information is genuine or indeed that it is the actual website which is why I have neither named the practice or provided a link. We should know soon enough if there is any substance to this.

            • Alex Clark says:

              Fake news maybe in other words.

            • Alex Clark says:

              “Unlike you”? What made you think I had made any assumption either LOL

            • Golfnut says:

              Well you seemed pretty keen to get in there and refute it. Anyway just found out it was on Radio Scotland drivetime. Laura McIver, Health Board and Doctor interviewed. I’ve got nothing else at the moment.

              • Alex Clark says:

                I asked a simple question. Why would any medical practice allow the general public to “have a field day” all over their site. Did this happen or not?

                By the way, my first assumption was “NOT” but you have posted “Unlike you Alex I have made no assumption that the information is genuine.” while assuming that I had.

                What has been on “Radio Scotland drivetime” was it that “Yoons are having a field day on the practice site” or something else? Because that’s the only point I have questioned on your original post.

    • grizebard says:

      It seems that there’s nothing, not even a historic crisis that touches us all, that won’t be sullied by self-seeking ultra-partisan BritNat politicking.

    • Capella says:

      Sounds like another example of an attempt to undermine the SG vaccine plan and messaging.
      Let’s know if it grows arms and legs.

  83. Statgeek says:

    Just sharing this here and there, in some of my regular haunts. UK nations and regions data up to 19th:

    Layout (region = nation where applicable; don’t get on my case 🙂 ):
    Regions Cases / Deaths (30 days of rolling averages)
    19th Jan UK regions Cases / Deaths
    4-Nations Cases / Deaths (60 days of rolling averages)
    19th Jan Various nations Cases / Deaths

    Scotland is doing so, so imo. Generally in the better half of the UK’s various comparisons. Maybe we should be comparing our performance to other EU nations, and raising the bar? 😀

    • grizebard says:

      From your own presentation, “so-so” and “in the better half” seem rather oddly tepid descriptions in a UK context. And we can’t possibly make wider comparisons without being fully free to take our own decisions, just like in every other sphere.

      Your figures are a kind of “health SARS”, albeit with rather more substantial foundations.

  84. Calum says:

    Just seen an expert on Newsnight saying both doses of vaccine are needed to give 90-95% protection. One dose only gives protection of “up to 30%”

    • grizebard says:

      Hmmm, diametrically opposing opinions on this issue appear to be lingering, as yet unsettled. Are they all from people who know, or does it depend on the vaccine, or is somebody playing fast and loose with the known facts? There may well be an argument for prioritising 1st dose administration regardless, but we all should know the score if so.

      The more immediate conclusion though is that the less we are dependent on English-based UKGov-influenced decision-making the better, I reckon. They seem to be all over the place.

  85. Golfnut says:

    Bolt from the blue. Scot goes Pop Survation poll.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1081934212006008/permalink/1517826368416788/

    Majority vote for making May elections an independence vote.

    • grizebard says:

      Sorta, but when you read the question wording, it’s ambiguous. It could easily be interpreted as SNP/Green political party manifestos should state that “we want independence”, which is hardly a surprise, is it? For the coming election I would certainly expect the SNP manifesto to state that aim clearly and explicitly (something which the party admittedly hasn’t always done).

      To make an election an independence plebiscite, the SNP would have to have that matter as the only point on their manifesto. That’s something else entirely.

      • Alex Clark says:

        The question is over the top in my opinion.

        The UK Government has stated that it will seek to prevent a Scottish independence referendum taking place for several decades, regardless of whether Scottish voters elect a Scottish Government committed to holding a referendum. In view of this stance, do you think pro-independence parties, such as the SNP and the Scottish Greens, should or should not include an outright independence pledge in their manifestos for this year’s scheduled Scottish Parliament election, to give people the opportunity to vote for or against independence?

        Not loaded at all, “several decades” “regardless..,Scottish voters elect”

        Anyway, it doesn’t even ask if the result should mean INdependence or might as well say it UDI as all it asks is should the SNP and Greens include an “independence pledge in their manifestos”?

        Yes, very much Yes. Is that a plan B LOL

        • Alex Clark says:

          “to give people the opportunity to vote for or against independence?”

          I’d call that a referendum.

          • grizebard says:

            Yes, I know. That’s another interpretation. It could be read as simply offering that prospect. {rolls eyes} (I said it was ambiguous.) As if we don’t expect that already!

            No wonder JK@SGP got that result.

    • Alex Clark says:

      Your link isn’t working in regard to the survation poll, just a link to the group page.

      https://scotgoespop.blogspot.com/2021/01/scot-goes-pop-survation-poll-sensation.html

  86. Alex Clark says:

    Absolutely anybody who thinks it’s a great strategy to have a Plan B for Independence then reveal it to the UK government what that Plan B is, is a halfwit. No two ways about it, make a plan and then tell your enemy what it is hahahaha

    Churchill would have been pleased LOL

    • yesindyref2 says:

      On the other hand Churchill built a whole load of plywood tanks and planes to make Hitler think the attack was going to be on the Pas de Calais, plus had the dambusters drop precision tin foil over the simulated path of the invasion fleet.

      I think with the result of that brilliant question being 55% to 45% in favour, it has the potential to make BoJo look like the fool he is, and any attempt from him to withhold the S30, would make him look like an impotent cuckold dribbling blanks over his already stained slippers. Yes BoJo, I do mean you,

  87. Golfnut says:

    Morning all.
    Thanks for providing an alternative link Alex.

    Highly unlikely the SNP would adopt this so called plan b this close to Mays elections, but you never know. In any case having played their cards very close to their chest for this long they are unlikely to admit to any changes to their preferred strategy at this stage of the game.
    Interesting progression in the question asked and of course the result.

  88. jfngw says:

    Without a SNP Scottish Government Scotland Covid deaths would be over 2400 higher in Scotland by following the Westminster policy, and the three unionist parties would have tied themselves to the BritNat agenda. If you want an example of this have a look at Wales figures

    We could have been even lower with independence and total control of our borders and finance.

  89. Dr Jim says:

    Nobody in the history of the world ever informed their opponent of how they were going to beat them in any battle or conflict let alone then go on to tell them if that didn’t work here’s what I’m going to do next, football managers are asked that question every week and give the same answer

    *We’ll concentrate on what we’re doing* or *we’ll play our game and I’m sure they’ll do the same*

    It would be a pretty under confident signal to send to the opposition that you even had modelled a possible losing strategy, that’s why the Yoons love to pose that question, to create doubt, to instill a losing mentality which in itself is a strategy for winning

    Muhammed Ali used it all the time, I’m sure if he’d informed George Foreman he knew he couldn’t out punch him so he was just going to wear his stamina down till he was exhausted Big George would’ve rethought his strategy and not let that happen

    Plan B is public loser talk and undermines any confidence in plan A, you might as well admit your a loser before you start, there’s nothing wrong with having alternative strategies but to openly admit you need them paints a big yellow stripe down your back holding a white flag and flinching at
    every sudden noise

    The English will be offering backbones for sale next or Devious Maximus then renege on offering it because they already know their opponent is too weak to do anything about it, I seem to remember they already did that because they were allowed to employ their planning that they didn’t tell us about, remember the ridiculous Smith Commission, we’ll let you have a vote on what you want, then they stuck three of their own parties on the thing and outvoted Scotland’s two parties so Scotland ended up worse than we started, oh how they must have laughed

  90. Jacksg says:

    Meanwhile back in Tory la la land. 🙄

    This Guardian article is worth a read. Reading between the lines looks like Boris and his cronies are looking to life restrictions once all the old people are vaccinated. herd immunity anyone?

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/18/cry-freedom-vulnerable-vaccinated-matt-hancock-covid

  91. jfngw says:

    The BritNats cry is ‘why would you want to leave one union just to join another’. It’s pretty clear though one union believes democracy is stopping you having a choice (a hostage situation) the other you can leave at any time you want.

  92. Robin McAlpine steps down from CW…

  93. jfngw says:

    Ruth Davidson handed this at FMQ’s:

  94. Arthur Thomson says:

    All this plan B stuff seems reminisce

  95. Capella says:

    Statement from Commonweal Board on Robin McAlpine stepping down following an article he wrote.
    I wonder which one?

    https://commonweal.scot/statement-board-common-weal

    • yesindyref2 says:

      Good, he’s been a liability to them for a long time. Someone whose ego outgrew them.

    • Dr Jim says:

      When you go around calling the FM a liar based on somebody else calling her a liar then find out the person who told you that is a liar life just becomes toooo embarrassing

      There could be more embarrassment coming shortly, with possibly a dose of comeuppance into the bargain

    • Petra says:

      Hahaha. One down and two (a few) to go.

  96. Arthur Thomson says:

    Drat. Start again.

    Seems reminiscent of the currency crap which the Brits suckered people into at the first referendum.

    Ignore it. Nicola keeps her cards close to her chest – obviously. She is very much in control and needs to be.

    What was Ghandi’s plan B?

    • Dr Jim says:

      Plan C, aye but what was his plan D ?
      The opposition’s plan is to remove confidence by convincing Scotland we need a losers charter so they can negotiate from below that point in the sure and certain knowledge you’ve accepted defeat on your first tactic
      David Cameron took advantage of that weakness the last time

      Have all these losers punting this nonsense never bought or sold a second hand car or been on holiday to foreign climes

  97. yesindyref2 says:

    In case anyone’s worried about fake news circulating about jags being centralised, it is indeed fake news, otherwise why would Sturgeon say today:

    The First Minister also said 75% of GP practice either have supply or are in the process of getting supply.

    or Swinney say apparently:

    then physically distributed to 1100 locations around Scotland

    People should be very careful about propagating fake news, it can worry people.

    • Golfnut says:

      Exactly, which is more or less my comment upthread. However it was on Radio Scotland, Drivetime. Laura McIver, a DR from the practice Aryshire and Arran Health board. I now have a link, which I will post on the new thread.
      If this does indeed turn out to be fake news, promulgated rather insidiously I might add, we need to know about it, don’t we?

      • yesindyref2 says:

        Only if clearly labelled as “fake news” as in “this sounds like fake news, is it?”.

        On the other hand you said:

        Just received some info regarding the vaccs process being changed.

        Calling it “info” claims it’s real dependable news, which it almost certainly wasn’t even without people from North Ayrshire and Arran checking it out just in case.

  98. Yoda says:

    Does anyone know what title the baronmess will have?🤔

  99. Dr Jim says:

    Politics Scotland has always been dim drivel for the slow of thinking but now it’s become the Primary school play, because your kids are in it you have to attend but keep shifting in your seat wishing it was over

  100. Capella says:

    R Scotland interviewed Douglas Ross today. He and Ruth and Jackie Baillie all singing from the same spreadsheet along with the Daily Mail, The Scotsman and the rest of the oligarch press.

    Nicola Sturgeon stole our vaccines and hid them far far away where GPs can’t get them to put them in people’s arms. What a crime. What a heart of darkness lurking in the … and she ate our hamsters.

    I wonder how long they’ll be able to keep this up while everyone troops along to their local clinic and gets their vaccine?

    • Dr Jim says:

      Innit funny how they say they have no respect for Donald Trump yet they’re all using his tactics

      The FM says there are the figures and here’s the proof, the opposition squeal *fake news* and the media backs them up by repeating it

      I guess the campaigning is well under way, and you know how I know that, remember Willie Rennie “cancel the election cancel the election” I just received my first hand delivered Lib Dem leaflet through my door and they’ve still got Jo Swinson on it
      It even has a large section on it asking how you’re going to vote in the upcoming election so they can come round and talk us out of voting SNP

      I live in Bishopbriggs so I’ll keep them socially distanced at my door all day, no need to thank me folks the pleasure’s all mine

  101. Dr Jim says:

    A new poll finds that Nicola Sturgeon is the most popular politician in England, that’s her got the hat trick now, if only she could play football eh, Marvel would be measuring her up for a superhero suit

    • Bob Lamont says:

      🤣 “Ignominy, ignominy, they’ve all got it ignominy” would appear appropriate given the Carry-On down south…

  102. Emma says:

    So great to hear you continue to improve and get well. Seems you are doing everything right. Hugs to you both. It is a stressful time for both of you and you should both take time to reflect how far you’ve come and how much closer “normal” is getting. xx

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