A better class of excuse

Scotland’s chief medical officer finally quits after police warning over two trips to second home

So, you’re not supposed to go off to those second homes.

Scotland’s chief medical officer has finally bowed to pressure to resign after police issued her with a warning for twice travelling to her family’s second home during the coronavirus lockdown.

Dr Catherine Calderwood said she quit “with a heavy heart” after more talks with Nicola Sturgeon, during which they agreed “the justifiable focus on my behaviour risks becoming a distraction” from efforts to tackle the pandemic.

“I’m resigning because everyone is talking about it” has a certain ring to it, doesn’t it?

Personally I think it’s very mean. How are we to gain the efforts of the pathfinders of the proletariat if the nomenklatura cannot enjoy their dachas?

38 thoughts on “A better class of excuse”

  1. I spent one night in Fife once and was told the old joke about everyone will hate you because you’re English. But don’t worry because it’s not half as bad as how much the Scots hate eat other.
    My guess is she got shopped by some local prod-nose who doesn’t like people coming up from Edinburgh and contributing nothing to the area.

  2. Why would anyone already resident in Jockoland apart from The Queen want a second home in Scotland ?

    If it was in Portugal that’d be a different matter. How come the rozzers caught her twice ? Were they waiting for her ?

  3. Bloke in North Dorset

    BoM4 was right on Twitter, she should have been fired, pour encouage…, and Sturgeon should go for not having the sense to see that.

    Its that type of thinking in the entitled classes that led to Brexit, Trump and Boris’s (I wish him well) recent victory and they still haven’t learned.

    Their so arrogant they’ll be demanding Zil lanes next.

  4. Yes she is a hypocrite for not following rules that she supported.

    Her excuse was that she needed to check it was secure. (Granted, this doesn’t require the whole family to go there.)

    In NSW Australia day-trips to second homes are permitted for repairs and security checks, which seems sensible.

  5. Surreptitious Evil

    There are some very nice bits of Fife – especially on the coast north-east of Kirkcaldy (which is a bit of a dump). I learned to play golf as a kid in Elie, just east of Earlsferry. One of my dad’s colleagues owned a second house (possibly his parents’ old house) on Elie beach.

  6. The Meissen Bison

    All medical officers and the entire staff of PHE should now resign as an act of solidarity. Prof Neil Ferguson and his Imperial team should be given holiday homes in central Chad and encouraged to take a break.

  7. The government seems to be promoting the idea that fresh air will make you sicken and die while the stale air on the subway or in sealed offices is perfectly safe. Is this a result of ill humours or evil spirits? Should I soak my mask in holy water?

  8. She should have been booted for hypocrisy. I don’t give a damn about family drive to remote coast. If she had spoken against this lockdown crap instead of supporting it she would have done nothing wrong IMO.

  9. …she should have been fired, pour encourage…

    In normal times, yes. But in an emergency there is a case for retaining, at least temporarily, useful people who transgress. A chief medical officer during a pandemic might be argued to fit that description.

    Okay, that’s an academic point in this case. The entire Scottish local government could be abducted by aliens this very morning and the place would be better off.

  10. Bloke in North Dorset

    PJF,

    As an old army boss would say, the graveyards are full of indispensable people. If there isn’t a competent team behind her with a deputy ready to step in Scotland’s government is even more incompetent than they advertise.

  11. Sadly, this says a lot about Scottish governance–or lack thereof–and the issues with the administration in Hollyrood.
    She should have been fired, at the least with a strong reprimand.
    But no, she’s one of the “ins” and that, somehow, makes it better. If the press hadn’t publicised her actions, she’d still be in post, still visiting her 2nd ‘ome.

  12. But this women is a gyno by specialism – ie someone who lubes up her hand and inserts it into fannies (pussies to our US friends) for a living. That’s only 50% of the population, and not children and probably few older women. So in terms of her usefulness for this virus (which mainly attacks men and older people) or public health issues in general she’s as useful as the proverbial whatever. Why the fvck was she put in post for a role for which she is manifestly unsuited?

  13. Surreptitious Evil

    The entire Scottish local government could be abducted by aliens this very morning and the place would be better off.

    How, exactly, would we be expected to notice?

  14. As an old army boss would say, the graveyards are full of indispensable people.

    True up to a point, but army types know well that officers are a special target in war. So much so that they now go to considerable effort to minimise rank insignia.

  15. PJF,

    “In normal times, yes. But in an emergency there is a case for retaining, at least temporarily, useful people who transgress. A chief medical officer during a pandemic might be argued to fit that description.”

    I’m the first to defend people against ridiculous “transgressions” like shagging a secretary or getting caught with porn on your computer, but what she did is about her work, not good manners. She undermined the lockdown.

    And very few people out there are magic exceptions. I’ve worked with total assholes who were kept on because of their indispensable knowledge of a system. A manager came in and fired them, everyone ran around like headless chickens, but we managed. And a month or so later, they were forgotten.

  16. She undermined the lockdown.

    By her harmless actions she usefully demonstrated that the (her?) lockdown policy is arbitrary and stupid. I’ll give her some credit for that.

  17. Dennis, Bullshit Detector

    Pressuring a doctor to quit during a pandemic.

    Pressuring a doctor in a position of authority in a national public health organization who has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of judgment and leadership to quit during a pandemic.

    There, fixed it for you.

  18. aren’t you adequately socially distant when ensconced in your car, perhaps stepping out only to use a self serve gas station?

  19. aren’t you adequately socially distant when ensconced in your car, perhaps stepping out only to use a self serve gas station?

    Irrelevant. If we decide your journey is non-essential, it is. It doesn’t matter that it’s safe. Just like sunbathing in a park with twenty feet clear around you. It’s against the rules and that’s that.

  20. Some offices that are still open (health authorities) have put arrows on the floor to make people walk around the office in one direction so you don’t have to pass anyway going the other way.
    They are all in an air conditioned sealed building anyway and this means you have to walk past more people who are sat at their desks as you take the long way round.

  21. She did what Dennis said y’all would never do. You need a few million more like her. Stick it to da man!

    Oh, she is da man?

    Let’s see here:

    SC population: 5M
    Covid cases: 2000
    Percent infected: 0.04%

    NYC population: 8.4M
    Covid cases: 64,500
    Percent infected: 0.77%

    Who’s stupid now?

  22. Dennis the Essential

    There’s a difference between rebelling and acting out of a sense of entitlement.

  23. Do we know she was acting out of a sense of entitlement?

    You appear to assume.

    Dennis, the Assumer.

    “But this women is a gyno by specialism”

    BraveFart, your rant is ignorant. Specialization comes AFTER becoming a doctor. She is a doctor AND a specialist.

  24. Gamecock, I would respectfully suggest the ignorance is on you.

    Please explain how a fanny-feeler (some 25 years after medical school training) is in any way qualified in infectious disease, epidemiology and health issues that affect the general population (not just issues of fertility etc in, largely, individual women of child bearing age) – exactly the areas in which a public health guru should be expert?

    The answer is that (probably) the stand-out person for this role is (a) male (so unqualified to meet the positive discrimination element of the role demanded by the harridan we have as our First Minister) and (b) a UK Unionist, so opposed to Scottish independence, in contrast to the ex-incumbent.

    That person is Hugh Pennington, Professor of Bacteriology at Aberdeen University and a respected PUBLIC health expert.

    It pays to know a little of the context.

  25. TD,

    aren’t you adequately socially distant when ensconced in your car, perhaps stepping out only to use a self serve gas station?

    That’s irrelevant. She and people like her told us what the rules are. That puts a responsibility on them to follow those rules.

    And while I feel that the police response has been a little heavy handed, remember that we mostly got this hard lockdown because a lot of people in London and few other places didn’t follow the sensible requests about social distancing. They were either too thick or too arrogant to do it. So, we got real simple rules about not going out.

    Now, personally, I don’t give a flying fuck if some morons got Covid-19. The problem is that they spread it to others.

  26. Rules are only for the proles

    Scotland’s chief medical officer has quit her post after she twice defied her own advice to visit to a holiday home in Fife
    Dr Catherine Calderwood was forced to apologise in Sunday’s press conference

    . If The Sun hadn’t exposed this she’d have been at holiday home this weekend too

  27. Not sure my logic is right but on simple modelling…..SC is 5m so if 60% of population were to catch it then 3m infected, given the overall infected mortality rate is looking more like normal flu at 0.01% that means 300 dead for SC as a low end estimate, if we take the deaths/million population for Italy and Spain (both acknowledged as being badly hit to say the least) that gives (avg 280×5) 1,490 deaths as a higher estimate.
    NY has had 4,758 deaths, so per 1m population 566 deaths which is twice the average for Italy and Spain, given it’s a hotspot and you would expect the rates to average across the country (northern Italy rate much higher than southern Italy rate, cities higher than rural? US overall rate is 32/m) then SC rate is likely to be on the lower end, though if it rises to NY levels then 3,000 is the higher end estimate.
    Was just trying to think it through based on the exponential talk, as they seem to miss that exponentials are finite so there has to be an upper limit, in this case you run out of old sick people who are more likely to die because of Covid at some point.

  28. Had to look up obtuse. My picture was there.

    But calling me obtuse is not evidence that she had a sense of entitlement.

    So you recommend bold disobedience, unless you are a _________.

    I see her showing leadership.

  29. ‘Please explain how a fanny-feeler (some 25 years after medical school training) is in any way qualified in infectious disease, epidemiology and health issues that affect the general population’

    Because she is a doctor. A doctor need not be a specialist in such and such to be useful.

    My niece is a nationally known pediatrician. She runs a corporation producing pain mediation products that SHE invented. She is not a specialist in anesthesiology. Yet she is a world leader.

  30. Yes, Ummmm, one can get a headache trying to analyze the numbers.

    And the exponential talk, it’s been going to start tomorrow for weeks. At some point, they have to admit it ain’t going to happen. I don’t know that we’re there, yet. But the claim is getting old.

  31. Nicola Sturgeon Admits Chief Medical Officer ‘Made a Mistake’ Breaking Rules
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTaX_a5hiGI

    “A Mistake?” “Candid”?

    This is joyous, stupid rules, hysteria and the rule makers eating their own. Bet a lot more “important” doing as they want, not as they order

    Well done The Sun for exposing her hypocrisy

    End this economy destroying lunacy – cost is ~£2.6Bn per day

    CV-19 Scam-demic
    Covid-19 Global Deaths: 73,831

    UK All Cause Annual Deaths: ~615,000

  32. Dennis the Unconfused

    I never advocated disobedience, bold or otherwise. That was Ecks. All I did was point out that for all his fussIng, he didn’t have it in him.

  33. Snigger

    NZ health minister (resignation refused!?), demoted for breaching lockdown restrictions
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWut9AZLT1M

    But, but………he’s a leftist: rules don’t apply to leftists as they’re (apparently) morally superior to the rest of us

    Demoted, yet keeps his current pay rate like every other politician

    Whut? “I’m leaving” – No you’re not

    Evidence mounts COVID-19 came from a lab in Wuhan
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIHWaaJNktQ

    To be sued first you have to have a legal system and comply with the law

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