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Iain Macwhirter EXCLUSIVE

Private schools saved

by Covid-19 tax break
‘Virus mistakes, Sector Virus It’s time
but no villains’ will keep ‘could to consider
Page 17 charitable reverse universal
status tax decline income,
North Coast 500 breaks of rural says Alistair
for now Scotland’ Carmichael
By Alistair Grant Meanwhile, rural communities are
SCOTLAND’S private schools are to be hoping the increasing move to home work-
handed a tax lifeline during the Covid-19 ing will have a positive effect on their
crisis – saving them from losing charitable usually decreasing populations.
status. Areas such as the Highlands tradition-
According to director of the Scottish ally suffer as younger people move to
Council of Independent Schools, John towns and cities in search of work but the
Edward, some institutions would have “new nor mal” may change that
Tourist magnet’s “closed overnight” if the move had gone
ahead as planned.
See Pages 2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Some Scottish private schools could have closed for
good, according to SCIS director John Edward
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2 03.05.20

THE Lockdown Pictures of the week

Pub visits still a long
way off, says deputy
chief medical officer
By Colin McNeill that’s really not a good thing to
PUB visits to catch up with do.”
friends post-lockdown will “not She said another potentially
be a good thing to do”, one of the high-risk activity is people
UK’s top medics has said. travelling in cars with others
Acknowledging lots of people outside their family unit.
are keen to get back to the pub, Harries added: “Don’t go to the
Dr Jenny Harries said that not pub on the way is probably the
going is the best way to reduce the one to reduce your risk, although
risk of catching and spreading I recognise that everybody is
Covid-19. wanting to do that.”
England’s deputy chief medical Earlier this week her colleague,
officer also said that while being fellow deputy chief medical
outside – where the virus does officer Professor Jonathan
not survive as long – is generally Van-Tam also played down the
safer, people’s actions and how prospect of an imminent return
they get to their destination will to outdoor activities, saying the
be important. virus would come back unless a
She and Local Government “painstaking” approach was
Secretary Robert Jenrick were taken in easing the lockdown.
asked at the daily Downing Street First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
briefing whether mass gatherings has said the easing of lockdown
would likely be allowed to resume measures may differ in Scotland
before pubs are permitted to and England. The comments
reopen. came as the number of people
Jenrick said the fact that the who have died in hospitals, care
virus’s rate of transmission is homes and the wider community
“significantly less” outdoors will after testing positive for
be a factor to be considered in coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm
any easing of the lockdown. on Friday rose to 28,131, up by
But he said adding in public 621.
transport makes it “a more The death toll has edged closer
complex picture”. to the of Italy, which at 28,236 is
Harries said mixing with the highest in Europe, according
friends and others outside your to data from Johns Hopkins
household in a small environment University.
like a pub would not be a good In Scotland, 1,559 patients who
idea. tested positive for coronavirus in
She explained: “If you go as a Scotland have now died, an
family unit and sit in one place increase of 44 from Friday.
and you’ve got the same exposure Figures from the Scottish
there that you would in your Government released on
house at home, that’s probably Saturday evening show the
quite a safe environment. number of people who have
“If you go with a whole load of tested positive for the virus is at
friends that you haven’t seen 11,927, a rise of 273 from Friday.
from before the coronavirus Harries also said officials
lockdown, sit in a pub in a very “don’t have enough information
small environment, lean well over yet” to know whether people can
each other on the table and stay catch coronavirus more than
there for some hours face-to-face, once.

PM and partner name Doctors buy

SNP warns of no-deal
son in tribute to doctors own PPE Brexit blow to economy
BORIS Johnson and Carrie Johnson was discharged from Almost half of doctors have THE UK faces the “chilling “hardline target” would “focus
Symonds have named their son intensive care where he had sourced their own personal prospect” of a no-deal Brexit and efforts”, despite the disruption
Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas been battling coronavirus. protective equipment or a double blow to the economy and economic damage being
Johnson, in a tribute to their Symonds also suffered relied on a donation when because of the Government’s caused by the global lockdown.
grandfathers and the doctors symptoms of the disease. none was available through refusal to extend the transition He also suggested that to push
who helped save the Prime She wrote in her Instagram normal NHS channels, period, Ian Blackford has back the leaving date would
Minister’s life. post: “Introducing Wilfred according to a survey. warned. affect any companies’ plans they
Symonds, 32, posted a picture Lawrie Nicholas Johnson born The British Medical The SNP leader at had devised before the
of her cradling the newborn on on 29.04.20 at 9am. Wilfred Association said that while Westminster accused the coronavirus lockdown, as well as
Instagram on Saturday, saying after Boris’ grandfather, Lawrie PPE supplies have improved, Conservative Government of causing uncertainty for business.
she “couldn’t be happier” and after my grandfather, Nicholas its data gathered from more behaving with the “height of With the withdrawal
that her “heart is full”. after Dr Nick Price and Dr Nick than 16,000 doctors shows irresponsibility” by not framework needing to be agreed
She praised the maternity Hart – the two doctors that there is room for extending talks with the EU in by June, Blackford said the
team at University College saved Boris’ life last month. improvement in protecting the midst of the coronavirus country is heading towards a
Hospital in London, who she “Thank you so much to the healthcare workers on the pandemic. no-deal Brexit, describing the
said “looked after us so well”. incredible NHS maternity team frontline. But Tory MP David Duguid situation as a “very chilling
It came just weeks after that looked after us so well.” argued that keeping the prospect”.

Health check plea

Government and
advisers challenged
on border control
By Martin Williams are continuing to arrive in
Scotland from home and abroad
UK MINISTERS and their without health checks while the
scientific advisers have come nation continues to be in
under increased criticism for lockdown and undergo social
supporting the retention of open distancing.
borders without health checks. The UK Government’s chief
Thousands of people are still medical adviser Chris Whitty
coming into the UK without any has said Britain was not banning
stringent checks for Covid-19 flights or screening passengers
despite many other nations en masse who are returning
carrying out airport tests and from Italy as the measures do
quarantining. not “slow down” the spread of
The UK Government’s coronavirus.
position remains that He said the measures had
quarantining of visitors through failed to halt the spread of the
airports and ports “would not virus in Italy, which had been
make a significant material among the first countries in
difference” to curbing the spread Europe to impose them on
of the virus. passengers coming from China
But Professor Hugh earlier in the pandemic.
Pennington, emeritus professor However, Pennington said the
of bacteriology at Aberdeen only effective way to stop virus
University, believes that a failure transmission would be to
to ramp up testing has played a quarantine all arrivals, as it has
major part in the decision to been estimated that up to 40% of
keep borders open without transmission has been from
meaningful checks. asymptomatic individuals.
And Dr Jonathan Kennedy, “Ramping up testing as an
director of the global public urgent priority wasn’t done soon
health programmes at Queen enough,” he said. “We started by
Mary University of London said quarantining arrivals from high-
Main image: the it was “disingenuous” to believe risk areas but soon gave up when
National Wallace that testing and quarantining the virus had got firmly
Monument near would not help Britain’s cause. established. We didn’t have the
Stirling illuminated in South Korea has been praised testing capacity to do airport
the colours of the for the way it has dealt with the screening, it was needed in
rainbow in support of threat of the virus and it has had hospitals.
key workers only 250 deaths after a mass “South Korea want to prevent
testing campaign, including importation because they have
From top: Fr Paddy focusing on people coming into stopped transmission in the
McCafferty resumes the country. country. New Zealand is the
hearing confessions Official data from Korea same.”
through the locked Centres for Disease Control and Dr Kennedy believes the UK
gates of Corpus Christi Prevention on April 30 showed should have learned and can still
Church in Belfast, a that 446 of its 10,765 confirmed learn from South Korea’s
customer keeps his cases were picked up before experience. He said the South
distance as KFC anyone left the airport. Koreans had built up a bank of
reopens and a From March 16, South Korea knowledge from tackling
lockdown protester is started to screen all people previous infectious disease
carried away by police arriving at airports, including outbreaks including Sars in 2003
in London Koreans, and from April 1 and Mers in 2015.
everyone arriving from overseas He said: “I think it is
had to undergo mandatory disingenuous for anyone to say
14-day quarantine upon arrival that testing at airports would be
Sudden death of QC and Man held
in an effort to stem the spread of
ineffective. It would allow the
authorities to identify people
activist Derek Ogg, 65 over murder
Among other measures
brought in by South Korea were
with a fever, test then, and make
sure they follow the guidelines.
bans on travel from high-risk “It is the same with strictly
TRIBUTES have been paid to hear from him on issues he felt A MAN has been charged areas while arrivals have to enforced quarantining of people
the QC and civil-rights activist strongly about, and I will miss with the murder of a woman download a government app that coming into the country or
Derek Ogg who has died his wisdom and good sense.” whose body was found at tracks their location and requires stopping travel into the country
suddenly aged 65. Gordon Jackson QC, dean of her home in East Kilbride, users to report symptoms. altogether. Clearly all of these
Mr Ogg, who worked as a Faculty of Advocates, said: “All South Lanarkshire. Earlier this week, Home measures would reduce the
Crown prosecutor and as a of us who knew Derek Ogg are Louise Aitchison, 33, was Secretary Priti Patel said spread of the virus – although
defence advocate, campaigned deeply saddened by his passing. pronounced dead when enforced quarantine and the benefits they bring has to be
for the 2018 law which “He was a marvellous Derek Ogg emergency services were thermal screening at the border weighed against the social and
automatically pardoned gay and advocate but more than that he QC died on called to her home on Park were among possible measures economic costs.”
bisexual men convicted of sexual was a fierce campaigner for his Friday Terrace on April 30. being considered to prevent Kennedy, a member of the
offences that are no longer beliefs both on a personal and A 35-year-old man has further spread of the coronavirus independent Centre for Health
illegal. professional level.” been arrested and charged as she was challenged over the and the Public Interest think
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Mr Ogg was found at his in connection with her death UK border policy during the tank, added: “This seems to be
led the tributes, saying Mr Ogg Glasgow home on Friday. Police and is due to appear at pandemic. yet another indication that the
was a “brilliant advocate and a said there were no suspicious Hamilton Sheriff Court on The Herald on Sunday Government are unwilling or
truly lovely man”. She added: “It circumstances surrounding his Monday. revealed two weeks ago that unable to take decisive action to
was always a pleasure for me to death. more than 8,000 visitors a week stop the outbreak spreading.”
4 03.05.20


Covid-19 lifeline
Charity tax boost
‘absolutely vital’
say private schools
Independent education sector welcomes
Government’s move to delay axing relief
Edward said many schools have
Exclusive furloughed employees such as
By Alistair Grant groundskeepers and support staff.
Meanwhile, some boarding pupils from
PLANS to strip private schools of their China and elsewhere are stranded
charitable tax breaks are to be postponed thousands of miles from home as a result
as the sector struggles with the financial of the lockdown.
fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. These students are being looked after
The Scottish Government previously by schools or guardian families.
announced independent schools would By the time the restrictions start to lift,
no longer be eligible for charitable relief Edward said, some pupils may have been
on their business rates from September 1, separated from their families for around
2020. six months.
But the proposals are now being Elsewhere, students stuck overseas are
pushed back to April next year to help the having to juggle different time zones to
sector cope with the Covid-19 outbreak. continue their studies.
John Edward, director of the Scottish Edward said the impact on the
Council of Independent Schools, said economy from Covid-19 would inevitably
some institutions would have closed have an effect on the independent sector.
overnight if the move went ahead as Many schools have reduced fees or coronavirus crisis. He said: “Like all
planned. RBS chief Ken Barclay has argued it moved cash into hardship funds to help sectors of our economy independent
He said: “It’s been unprecedented [for was ‘unfair’ that private schools benefit families who have experienced a financial schools have been hit very hard by the
independent schools], like it’s been from reduced rates unlike state schools hit. lockdown.
unprecedented for everyone else.” “It really is a case-by-case thing, “The delay to the removal of charitable
He said schools were already facing a relief were voted through Holyrood because apart from anything else schools relief on business rates incurred by
“triple whammy” from the rates change, earlier this year as part of the are not meant in any way to discuss fees independent schools is therefore
salary increases resulting from last year’s Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Act. with each other,” Edward explained. welcome.
teacher pay deal, and a rise in employer Private special schools and specialist He said around two-thirds of the “However, it remains the case that
pension contributions. independent music schools will continue income independent schools generate in these schools were already facing
He said “nobody in their wildest to be eligible for charitable relief under fees goes directly into staff salaries, while considerable challenges from this policy
dreams” could have foreseen the the legislation. the fact they operate as charities means change even before Covid-19.
coronavirus crisis on top of this – and MSPs approved the move despite cash reserves are tight. “In a few cases, it meant uncertainty
called for the tax reprieve to be extended warnings it could lead to schools having Edward suggested many private about whether the school could be
to September 2021. to raise fees, offer fewer bursaries or even schools down south, where there is a financially viable in future years –
It was previously estimated private close their doors. huge amount of competition, will not something which has impact for the state
schools will be hit with an estimated £37 Liam Harvey, headmaster at St Mary’s survive the coronavirus crisis. sector as well as for the independent
million bill over five years as a result of School in Melrose in the Borders, told a However, he said the autonomy of sector.
the rates shake-up. Holyrood committee last year that some private schools has also allowed them to “It is absolutely vital that the Scottish
Existing rules mean all independent schools would “most certainly” close as a adapt quickly to the coronavirus Government supports all schools when it
schools are eligible for 80% mandatory result of the change. lockdown. comes to the damaging effects of Covid-
rates relief if they are registered as a He added: “I think it’s just another hit “Their autonomy means that they can 19. That includes all the schools in the
charity. that’s going to make things very, very set up a system that works best for them independent sector.”
Local authorities then have a difficult for schools to operate.” in relation to their specific pupils,” said Private schools down south still enjoy
discretionary power to “top up” this The Scottish Government confirmed Edward. “It doesn’t have to be a one-size- at least 80% relief on their business rates.
relief, up to 100%. the relevant part of the Non-Domestic fits-all system.” However, in March it was reported the
But a review of business rates by Rates Act has now een delayed until April Scottish Conservative education Independent Schools Association had
former RBS chief Ken Barclay in 2017 1, 2021, to assist independent schools as spokesman Jamie Greene said it is vital warned its members this could change
argued it was “unfair” that private they deal with the impact of Covid-19. ministers support schools during the next year as part of a Government review.
schools benefit from reduced rates while The Scottish Government has
state schools do not. announced extra rates reliefs and grants
Independent schools argue the rates to help businesses through the
paid by the state sector are a “circular In a few cases, it meant uncertainty coronavirus pandemic.
paper process” between them and A spokesman said: “Having considered
councils with no impact on school about whether the school could be the financial impact of Covid-19 and
Nevertheless, measures to strip
financially viable – something which school closures on the independent
schools sector in Scotland, we have
mainstream private schools of charitable has impact for the state sector as well decided to delay commencement of

The virus has been

unprecedented for
independent schools, like
it’s been unprecedented
for everyone else

John Edward, director of the Scottish

Council of Independent Schools says
some institutions would have closed
overnight if the move had gone ahead

section 17 of the Non-Domestic Rates

(Scotland) Act 2020 until 1 April, 2021.
“This decision was taken to assist
mainstream independent schools as they
– like all businesses in Scotland – deal
with the impacts of Covid-19.”
Leader comment All non-domestic properties including
Page 22 independent schools will benefit from a
1.6% rates relief in 2020/21 which will be
applied automatically by councils.

Rural Scotland optimism

MSP working remotely, instead of
Declining population in rural communities spending so much time in
Edinburgh. Major cities across

could be reversed in pandemic aftermath Scotland have seen toxic nitrogen

dioxide levels plummet during the
economic shutdown with
By David Bol commuter traffic all but
trend of people leaving their rural more people living rurally,” she disappearing as workers instead
SCOTLAND’S longstanding communities in search of added. “I wonder if, in time, this stay at home. But the air quality
problem of declining rural employment opportunities in could make a life and career in improvements are set to be
communities could be reversed Scotland’s towns and cities. Scotland’s rural towns and island temporary.
because of coronavirus, a Highland Council predicts that communities a more viable option The International Energy Agency
government minister has claimed. the population of Caithness is due for all, especially for our young Areas such as Caithness, above, (IEA), which estimates global levels
Environment Secretary to fall by 21.1%, that of Sutherland people who so often feel they have could see a major boost of carbon emissions will fall by
Roseanna Cunningham said home by 11.9%, and Skye and Lochalsh to leave their hometowns for almost 8% in 2020, in the biggest
working may continue in the post- by 11.8%. But the culture shift to employment in the larger towns particularly hit – as well as drop in history, has urged
lockdown world – potentially home working could help revive and cities.” “pockets of need” in Shetland. governments to embrace the
boosting countryside economies rural economies if it continues as Scotland’s rural economies are SNP MSP Gail Ross has opportunity.
and cutting commuter traffic. Scotland comes out of the set to be devastated by the campaigned previously to The Scottish Government is
With Scotland’s army of office lockdown. pandemic – with the tourism sector safeguard Scotland’s remote rural taking the opportunity to rebuild
workers mostly confined to their Writing exclusively in The Herald grinding to a halt. The lack of economies. She warned that “the the economy in a different way
own living rooms, bedrooms and on Sunday, Cunningham has visitors trekking along the North feelings of isolation and being left after the pandemic seriously.
kitchens as the economic pointed to workers logging on from Coast 500 route could leave a £22 behind urban centres of Nicola Sturgeon has indicated
shutdown continues, Cunningham home as “largely successful” as million hole in the north Highland population are still prevalent”. that the recovery will be an
believes keeping some elements of well as “a lifeline for many economy. Ross announced she was to opportunity “to think about
the working from home culture businesses”. Declines in other industries have step down from her role at next whether we want to do things
alive as businesses recover could She said: “When lockdown seen fishermen being forced to year’s Holyrood election “to be differently”, adding that “I think
have huge benefits for the ends, I suspect more companies turn to foodbanks and support able to spend more time with my that’s an opportunity we should
Highlands and other rural parts of will think seriously about organisations as demand for family, to watch my son grow up certainly take”.
the country. continuing with a home working seafood plummets. According to and to be more involved in local
In the Highlands, the population option now that they can see it is the charity The Fishermen’s issues”. Read Roseanna
of under-15s and those of working doable. If fewer people do choose Mission, lobster and crab But she has now suggested she Cunningham
age are expected to decline over to travel to work daily, this could fishermen in Scotland’s southeast could reconsider her decision if
the next two decades – amid a mean less traffic on our roads and and west coasts have been she is able to permanently be an Page 7
6 03.05.20


Couples fear
loss of early
moments of
Surrogate mothers could be left
holding the baby because of
Covid-19 rules, finds Sandra Dick
THE first cuddle and the journey home midwife amid hopes that their surrogate,
for a new life together are among the Linder Wilkinson, 37, can have a home
most precious first moments of birth. However, if strict lockdown rules
parenthood. are in place, there could be a question of
However, couples who have spent years whether even travelling from their
planning to become parents via a Edinburgh home to Sunderland to collect
surrogate pregnancy are now facing the their baby will be outlawed.
heart-breaking reality of missing priceless “Everything depends on what happens
early moments of their baby’s life. with the baby nearer the time, and
Social distancing rules and Covid-19 whether it will have to be a hospital
lockdown have left parents-to-be facing a birth,” added Chris. “We will deal with
nightmare scenario of not being able to whatever the situation is. We are just
be close by for their baby’s birth, and looking forward to being parents.”
even raised the complex issue of how they NHS trusts across the UK also have
might meet their precious newborn and strict rules restricting scans, antenatal
bring them home. appointments and classes to just the
Meanwhile, tight restrictions over pregnant woman, leading to concerns
hospital visits to maternity wards could that intended parents are missing key
also leave surrogate mothers facing the moments and information related to their
dilemma of having to care for the baby – baby.
with all the potential emotional conflict Instead, Chris, 40, and Kevin, 32, are
that might bring – or refusing to look relying on videos filmed by their
after it at all. surrogate Linder which show their baby
It could lead to babies being handed kicking and making recordings of
over in car parks and laybys or, worse, themselves reading stories to be played to
placed in the care of social services or the growing baby so it becomes aware of
foster parents while efforts are made to their voices.
unite them with their intended parents. “The key thing from day one has been
The situation has led to calls for social that Linder is healthy and the baby is
distancing rules to be relaxed so at least healthy,” added Kevin. “Missing the
one intended parent can be allowed into 20-week scan was disheartening and we surrogate babies to two other couples, which is much better. It’s really important
maternity wards during the birth and were sad, but also ecstatic. We are just said: “I understand the reasons for that Chris and Kevin can be there and
throughout the baby’s hospital stay. trying to crack on.” restrictions, but there is a need to make have those first moments with their
One Edinburgh couple awaiting the Under normal circumstances, an exception. baby.”
birth in August of their first child via a maternity wards allow intended parents “The baby will have two parents who There are also concerns that the legal
Sunderland-based surrogate said their to spend time in hospital after the birth are willing to look after it. I have no processes which pass on full parental
hopes of being able to savour precious enabling the surrogate – although legally biological link with the baby and I’m not rights may be delayed due to Covid-19,
moments of being with their baby straight the infant’s mother – to have no role in its prepared to provide care for the baby potentially leaving families in limbo for
after birth have been thrown into care. ongoing, because it’s not right for me to months.
disarray by the pandemic. However, there are fears surrogate do that.” Olivia Rowlands, 31, whose womb was
“We don’t know what will happen mothers may now feel pressured to take She added: “I’ve heard of surrogates damaged by bowel cancer treatment
when baby is born,” said Kevin Doebrich, over caring responsibilities such as having to look after the baby until they which also sparked early menopause, and
who with husband Chris Kelly has been feeding, bathing and nappy changes, and are discharged. I’ve also heard of husband Sam, 30, from St Andrews, have
preparing for parenthood for three-and-a- to make decisions over the baby’s care hospitals allowing the surrogate to be also had their hopes of attending their
half years. while waiting to be discharged. discharged while a parent goes in to look baby’s birth thrown into confusion.
“If we are still under lockdown, we Linder, who has previously delivered after the baby until it is ready to leave, Ellie Hutchinson, 34, from Stirling,
won’t be allowed to go to hospital for the Olivia’s cousin, is due to give birth to the
birth. couple’s daughter by planned caesarean
“We are hearing from others who are section in July.
having a baby now that what happens is If we are still under lockdown, we won’t be Olivia said: “We really don’t know
very much on a case-by-case basis. what will happen during the birth.
“Surrogacy is fairly rare and with allowed to go to hospital for the birth. We “We had hoped we could both be there
everything going on in hospitals just now,
it’s not a high priority.”
are hearing from others having a baby that – I can’t imagine not being able to see
Sam’s face when our baby is born. We’re
The couple have hired a private what happens is on a case-by-case basis not sure if that will be possible.

Guest comment

‘A life and career in rural

Scotland will be more viable’
By Roseanna Cunningham
THE last few weeks have been very
challenging for us all.
Our way of life has been turned
upside down as people distance
from friends and family, many
businesses close and, sadly,
families in Scotland mourn the loss
of loved ones to coronavirus. And all
this as our heroic key workers strive
to keep us safe and well.
Our ability to embrace the new
ways of living and thinking has been
striking, as has our resilience,
adaptability and creativity in the face
of adversity. For that we should all
be very proud.
Covid-19 is one of the biggest
challenges of our lifetime, and our changed, but our ambitions need
actions have to reflect its magnitude. not.
There are cautious signs that our The last few weeks have meant
sacrifices are working, but it is emptier and quieter roads and skies.
essential we all stay the course of Like most, I have missed the hustle
lockdown to protect this fragile and bustle of lively everyday life, but
progress. I think there are serious
There is no doubt that more conversations to be had about the
challenges lie ahead, as we all adapt lessons we can learn from this.
to a “new normal”, under which we Early analysis of seven urban air
will have to learn to live with quality monitoring stations, for
coronavirus. However, as we see instance, shows decreases of
early glimmers of hope that particulates as a result of reduced
Scotland’s approach to suppressing traffic on our roads. Some examples
Covid-19 is working, as Environment include a 40% reduction on Union
Secretary I believe we have a Street in Aberdeen – and a
chance to have a conversation whopping 67% reduction on St
about the other major global John’s Road in Edinburgh.
emergencies which have not gone These are clearly artificial
away – climate change and decreases – and not to be
biodiversity loss. celebrated as a result of the virus –
It is just over a year since the First but they do show how quickly good
Minister declared a climate air quality can return. Also, many of
emergency, and since then we have us have been able to move to home
acted decisively to respond to that working. Teleconference mishaps
emergency. aside, this has been largely
We have introduced some of the successful and a lifeline for many
most ambitious climate-change businesses. This week I took part in
legislation in the world to end a successful parliamentary
Scotland’s contribution to climate committee session with colleagues
change by 2045, and published the the length and breadth of the
vision and outcomes of our new country.
Environment Strategy ( When lockdown ends, I suspect
scot/publications/environment- more companies will think seriously
strategy-scotland-vision-outcomes/) about continuing with a home
which emphasises the fundamental working option now that they can
little one. We’re trying to be optimistic role our natural environment plays in see it is doable.
and positive.” supporting “a fairer, healthier, more If fewer people do choose to
Meanwhile, couples at an earlier stage inclusive society”. travel to work daily this could mean
in their surrogacy journey who have That strategy refers to the health less traffic on our roads and more
invested years of planning and thousands benefits that improving air quality people living rurally.
of pounds on medical and legal can provide. It stresses how regular I wonder if, in time, this could
procedures have also seen their dreams access to clean, green space can make a life and career in Scotland’s
of parenthood stalled by a rules improve physical and mental rural towns and island communities
surrounding IVF and fertility treatment. wellbeing as well as guard against a more viable option for all,
Stuart Young, 33, and partner Gordon future illness and provide especially for our young people who
Anderson, 35, are currently waiting for opportunities to establish lifelong so often feel they have to leave their
an egg donor. Stuart said: “We don’t healthy activity. It also flags up how hometowns for employment in the
really know how long a delay this will those can help tackle inequalities. I larger towns and cities.
cause, we are at the mercy of the rules hear from constituents that their Similarly, I hope that once we are
stopping all fertility treatment. daily walks in nature have been a able to travel further and more freely,
“Surrogacy is incredibly complicated significant solace during these trying people will continue supporting local
and complex with rules and regulations times. food producers and shops who have
“After the birth is a really tricky part. Top, Kevin that we have had to learn about. While we remain in lockdown, in kept communities fed in these
Ellie really wants Sam and I to be the and Chris “We had already resigned ourselves to anticipation of a “new normal”, we challenging times.
ones who look after our daughter as soon with the fact it would take a while. We just have a chance to reimagine the In all of these ways, this
as she’s born and we want this to be as surrogate don’t want to be in our mid-to-late 40s Scotland around us, and to begin experience has made a strong case
easy as possible for her. Linder. and still be in this position. building a greener, fairer and more indeed for a green economic and
“On paper, Ellie is the legal mum. I Above, “We would love to be parents, it’s a equal society and economy. Our societal recovery, when the time is
can’t imagine the doctors saying I can’t Olivia, Sam dream we both have and we just have to starting point has very definitely right.
be there and making Ellie look after the and Ellie focus on what we want.”
8 03.05.20

NEWS Business loans

SNP lead cross-party campaign to ‘fix’
controversial loan scheme so SMEs benefit
By David Bol
SNP MPs have led a cross-party
campaign to ensure UK
Government support for small
businesses reaches those that
need it during the Covid-19
Kirsten Oswald, who
represents East Renfrewshire at
Westminster, has written to
Chancellor Rishi Sunak, calling
on him to “fix” the Coronavirus SNP MP Kirsten
Business Interruption Loan Oswald is calling
Scheme (CBILS) to offer more on Chancellor
support for “larger and more Rishi Sunak and
financially complex” small and the UK Treasury
medium enterprises (SMEs). to investigate
The SNP business convener’s why some major
letter has been supported by a banks are not
coalition of 46 MPs from seven signed up to
different parties including those provide
on Labour and Liberal overdrafts under
Democrat benches. CBILS
Oswald has highlighted a gap
in the current loan scheme
where only a tiny number of big
lenders are signed up to
administer CBILS overdrafts.
RBS and Bank of Scotland are
part of the CBILS scheme but
not signed up to the overdraft
scheme – as well as Barclays and not delivering the support that employed people announced by willingness to maintain and allocated for companies to
Virgin. these businesses need. the Scottish Government. extend lending despite the “provide fee-free financing”.
She is now calling on the UK “Colleagues from seven The Treasury said it was a uncertain economic conditions. She added: “In addition to the
Treasury to investigate why parties across the House of decision for individual banks to We must ensure that firms £3bn in existing undrawn
these major banks are not signed Commons, representing “deliver the products that they whose business models were overdraft facilities that was
up to provide overdrafts under Scottish, English, Northern Irish feel will best benefit their viable before this crisis remain already available to businesses,
CBILS. and Welsh constituencies, have customers”. viable once it is over. we have approved a further
Oswald said: “Supporting expressed their concern about In a letter to the banking “Continued communication 14,000 overdraft extensions
small and medium businesses is similar situations to those I’m sector, Sunak said: “The priority and co-operation will be “We have approved 25,000
crucial to our economy and seeing in my own constituency for all of us – banks, building paramount over the coming capital repayment holidays to
people’s livelihoods, so it is inbox, so this is clearly not an societies, Government and the weeks and months. The Bank of help businesses with their
deeply concerning that only one isolated problem. It’s time for financial authorities – should England and the FCA will be working capital challenges and
major UK bank is accredited to the UK Government to act now be to take all action monitoring the situation closely reduce their outgoings.
deliver vital loans to those who before it’s too late.” necessary to ensure that the and will be in regular contact to “We have now approved 3,752
need it most. The calls come after benefits of the measures are discuss developments and any CBILS applications which is
“Businesses across the applications opened for a £100 passed through to businesses issues emerging. 14.9% of the total share across
country are impacted by the million fund in support grants and consumers. “You all have an important all banks. This has increased
absence of their banks from for SMEs and newly self- “This will require a part to play in the UK response from 12.8% last week, showing
these provisions, and it is simply to Covid-19 and we know that that we are reducing the backlog
not good enough for the UK you will rise to the challenge to of applications and we anticipate
Government to ignore this issue support the economy and this will continue to improve
while businesses struggle It is deeply concerning that protect jobs.” further in the coming weeks.”
needlessly.” A spokeswoman for Lloyds An RBS spokesman said: “We
She added: “The Chancellor only one major UK bank is Banking Group and Bank of have processed over 6,000 new
must explain why this is the case accredited to deliver vital Scotland said that alongside its and increased overdrafts for our
and investigate why the UK commitment to lend £18 billion business customers since Covid
Government’s loan scheme is loans to those who need it most this year, a £2bn fund has been began.”

Fitness guru Joe Wicks in New funding boost of £20,000

hospital for wrist operation for autism services in Scotland
FITNESS expert Joe Wicks has falling off his bike. Wicks, who is MORE than £200,000 has been by the Government to charity Deputy chief executive of
been in hospital after injuring donating the money raised from given to autism organisations to Scottish Autism to enable its Scottish Autism, Charlene Tait,
his hand. his online PE lessons to the help people struggling with the helpline to operate all week, and said: “These funds will allow us
The Body Coach, 33, showed NHS, posted a video of himself coronavirus lockdown. more than £45,000 will be used to extend our autism advice line
fans an X-ray before the “gowned up” with “the socks With an estimated 47,000 by the National Autistic Society offering, enabling us to increase
procedure, saying he would be on”, waiting for his operation. autistic people in Scotland, to provide more online support. our operating capacity to seven
operated on because the soft Wicks later said that the Health Secretary Jeane Freeman Freeman said: “This will help days a week, 8am to 8pm.”
tissue in his hand is “inflamed operation had been delayed. explained they have been organisations provide autistic Nick Ward, the National
and possibly infected”. “They aren’t able to do the particularly affected by the people and their families with Autistic Society Scotland
He previously told followers of operation today,” the star said. “extreme change” to their lives up-to-date information to director, said: “With this funding
his hit PE workouts that he “They’ve got other patients in caused by the lockdown. manage their physical and we can drastically increase the
broke a bone in his hand after the queue.” Almost £160,000 will be given mental health and wellbeing.” number of online social groups.”
10 03.05.20

THE Anniversary

Celebrating 500 miles of road that

brought prosperity and plaudits
Scotland’s world-
leading NC500
tourist trail is
now five years
old. Sandra Dick
reflects on a half
decade of success
THE majestic scenery should easily sell
itself – rolling mountains, sandy beaches
fringed by rocky cliffs, historic castles,
eerie plains and isolated villages.
Yet for years, Scotland’s northern
coastline was either simply too far away,
too much trouble to reach, with apparently
nothing to do and just not well enough
known about for many tourists to bother
That, of course, was before the arrival of
Scotland’s biggest tourism phenomenon, a
simple but devastatingly effective
marketing masterstroke which has brought
an unprecedented visitor boom to some of
the nation’s most remote nooks and
Launched in 2015 in the hope it might
boost Scotland’s struggling northerly
communities, the North Coast 500 has
raced past the likes of America’s Route 66
to be regularly named among the world’s
greatest road trips and a bucket list “must
do” for people around the world.
Five years on, what began as a hopeful
plan to throw a spotlight on Scotland’s
lesser visited northern coast has put small
communities, rollercoaster single-track
roads, once almost deserted campsites,
restaurants and hotels on the tourist map
almost all year round. the pause button, but all the reasons that Kylesku
Now, with international tourism in made NC500 the number one route in the Bridge opened
tatters and the thoughts of many turning world have not changed.” in 1984 and is
to when lockdown might be eased, there is The NC500 winds its way north from now one of
every likelihood more Scots than ever Inverness to Dornoch, Wick and Dunnet the landmarks
before may well follow the lead of tens of Head, traversing the roof of Scotland of the North
thousands of visitors who have already before twisting and turning its way along Coast 500.
explored the 516-mile route. the west coast and crossing back to its Also attracting
Tom Campbell, chief executive of the starting point. thousands of
North Highland Initiative (NHI) and who Travellers could simply plot their own thirsty tourists
came up with the idea of a north coast course around the route’s scenic is Dunnet Bay
touring route, says the “seismic change” in attractions, but many opt to become Distillery, left
how Scots and other UK nations holiday as paid-up members of the NC500 travel
a result of Covid-19 could result in a “club”, giving them precious access to
staycation boom, helping to ensure the inside information and advice to make
success of the NC500 and businesses along their experience more enjoyable.
the route continues through difficult An overwhelming number of tourists
times. who complete the route give it a giant
“Airline holidays are going to be more “thumbs up” – 99% according to the
expensive if they are even possible,” he route’s 2019 visitor survey. What began as – with room rates almost doubling in price. Along the way have been key moments
says. “I think we’ll see more UK visitors an initiative to bring some fresh Attractions from distilleries to museums, that have embedded the route into the
heading to Scotland and driving will be the opportunities to the area was last year restaurants, shops, campsites and castles minds of prospective tourists around the
way people will want to take their holidays. estimated to have boosted the economy by have all reported giant leaps in visitor world. “Not for a minute did I imagine that
“The NC500 is ideally suited to that. £22.89 million and created around 179 numbers. Aston Martin would one day approach us
The open spaces, the fresh air and all the full-time jobs. Yet, as Campbell points out, the route’s and ask if they could create a new DB11
things that make the route special haven’t For businesses, travellers in their cars, incredible success wasn’t entirely limited edition around the NC500,” adds
changed – the seascapes are still there, the campervans, motorbikes and even cycles expected. “We launched in May 2015 with Campbell.
landscape is still amazing, the food from have brought unexpected prosperity. a spring in our step – we had an audience “Or that Jeremy Clarkson would
sea and land, and the infrastructure is still Room occupancy for hotels and bed and reach of 900,00 at that point. By 2019, that describe it as ‘the best route in the world’
there. breakfasts has soared from around 52% to audience had grown to 5.5 billion,” he and that the journey from Ullapool to
“Covid-19 has meant we have had to hit around 80% – in some places even higher adds. Gairloch’s scenery was so spectacular that

Author’s donation

Rowling’s £1m will aid abuse and

homeless charities in pandemic
HARRY Potter author JK
Rowling is donating £1 million
to help the homeless and those
affected by domestic abuse
during the coronavirus
The launch the following year of the pandemic.
NC500 route propelled his business Announcing the financial
into an international enterprise. contribution – which will be
“From hoping we might get 1,000 split between the Crisis and
visitors, we got 30,000 last year,” he Refuge charities – Rowling said
says. “The first year, we just had a the money would go towards
place in the office so if we got a visitor, helping some of those hit hardest
we could tell them our story and give by the outbreak and the impact Charities have
them some gin. of the lockdown. thanked JK
“The second year, people were The Edinburgh-based author Rowling for
queuing to get in. Now we take tours also told of her mixed emotions her financial
of 14 people at a time.” at having three key workers in support, with
According to one recent NC500 her immediate family during the Crisis saying
economic and tourism impact survey, crisis, saying she is “torn the cash will
paid-for and free attractions recorded between pride and anxiety”. go towards
an aggregate growth of almost 30% In a tweet announcing the frontline
between 2014 and 2018, with other donation yesterday, she wrote: response
tourism-related businesses showing a “Today’s the 22nd anniversary of
16% year-on-year growth over the the Battle of Hogwarts, but I’m
same period. going to be honest and say that it know that domestic abuse has, “The money donated by JK
Visitor spending per year is in the feels inappropriate to talk about sadly, increased hugely during Rowling will go towards our
region of £9 million while by 2017 the fictional deaths today. Too many the lockdown.” frontline response to the
route alone was being praised for people are losing loved ones in The charities praised Rowling pandemic, helping us to carry on
attracting an additional 29,000 visitors the real world. for her support, with Crisis supporting people who are
to the Highlands. “So on this anniversary of a saying the money will go homeless across Great Britain at
There has, of course, been some great wizarding victory, I’m towards its frontline response this very difficult time.
criticism. Concerns have been raised thinking of the people who are and Refuge saying it will “Together we can protect
over motorists unfamiliar with single- out there doing their jobs to underpin the services it more people from the worst
track road etiquette and charging from protect us and our way of life. provides, which have seen a effects of the outbreak and make
one Instagram-worthy spot to the “I have three key workers in huge upsurge in demand in sure they are safely housed
next, campervans spewing litter and my immediate family, and like recent weeks. when it is over.”
even human waste, and others treating all such relatives, I’m torn Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Refuge tweeted: “This is
the route like a race. between pride and anxiety. Crisis, said: “We are wonderful news – and comes at
Within its first year, road accident “As ever in a crisis of this sort, overwhelmed to have the a time when we have seen calls
numbers had soared and some the poorest and most vulnerable support of JK Rowling and we’d to our already overwhelmed
communities just off the beaten track are hit hardest, so in honour of like to say a huge thank you for Helpline increase by 50% during
were complaining of missing out on the Battle of Hogwarts, I’ll be her incredibly generous Covid-19. Our huge thanks @jk_
the tourism boom. “The route is huge making a donation of £1m, half donation. rowling – your support will
and there will be bits in the middle of which will go to Crisis, who “People experiencing underpin our frontline specialist
that have not had as much tourism as are helping the homeless during homelessness during the services & enable us to reach
those that are on the route,” concedes the pandemic, and half of which outbreak have been hit more abused women who need
Campbell. will go to Refuge, because we especially hard. us.”
“But we urge visitors to take their
the car slowed to a stop and he didn’t even time. And around 97% of people who
notice. That’s publicity money can’t buy.” have done it say they will come back.” A good sport
Meanwhile, businesses lucky enough to
be on the route have reaped the benefits.
From the south-facing windows of Dunnet
With lockdown still in force, he
believes many Scots will be sitting at
home, foreign travel plans on hold
Olympic rower joins fight against
Bay Distillery, Martin Murray has a view
of a sandy beach while to his rear, there’s
with a “bucket list” NC500 trip on
their minds.
coronavirus as junior doctor
mile upon mile of flat landscape. “Staycations will be king for some AN Olympic rower has joined Rower Pattichis has devised a training
“There’s nothing high here, we have time to come, and many people will the fight against coronavirus as a Polly programme to prepare her for
wide open skies and the horizon,” he says. want to get out and see what has been junior doctor, while still training Swann the Olympic Games outside of
“We’re north of nowhere, right on the on their doorstep all this time. for the postponed games. began her working hours.
north coast, at the most northerly point.” “Your NC500 adventure will be Silver medallist Polly Swann working “I had the experience of
Building a distillery six years ago felt like awaiting you but do that with respect started working as a junior as a training alongside working when
a gamble, he admits. Initially, it was to be a and consideration for the local doctor in a Scottish hospital last Scottish I was in my last few months of
small business employing just him and his communities and when the time is week after previously completing junior medical school last year so it’s
wife which might attract around 1,000 right in the future.” her medical degree. doctor not entirely new to me,” she said.
visitors a year. The 31-year-old won the medal last week “I’m staying with my parents
as part of the women’s eight at for lockdown so I have a rowing
the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro. machine in their hallway, some
Business boom for local hoteliers After taking a break to finish her
medical studies at Edinburgh Dr Swann said: “A lot of
dumbbells in the living room
and a wattbike in my dad’s
University, she rejoined Team junior doctors have been moved toolshed, which I’m sure is very
THE Melvich Hotel by Thurso has “It used to be we got older couples GB in 2019, and won a bronze to the most critical parts of the annoying for them.”
been a spot for travellers to rest with time and money to spend on medal at the World Cup III in NHS, so interim foundation year Swann said the postponed
since the 1850s. But, like many travelling,” says Jo Wyke, who runs the paired race with teammate doctors are backfilling their games will be “the most
businesses along its 516-mile route, the hotel with husband Robert. Holly Hill. roles. phenomenal Olympics ever”
the launch of the NC500 five years “We were getting people from all She joined a hospital in “I’m definitely not a frontline after the world emerges from
ago has transformed it from what had the world, and starting to see visitors Scotland to aid the fight against ICU worker, but I’m glad I can lockdown. She said: “The
been a far-flung destination for a few from India, the Far East, China, coronavirus last week, and will still help to ease the burden in Olympics is a celebration of
hardy travellers. Russia and Latin America.” work there for the next three some way.” human achievement and it
months. She added her coach Tom brings people together.”
12 03.05.20


Hi-tech radars
will ‘spot drug
overdoses as
they happen’
Pioneering wall-mounted devices to
save addicts’ lives are being trialled
at homeless centres in Lanarkshire
to monitor heart and respiration rates,
Exclusive since the beginning of this year.
By Alistair Grant The sensor has been installed under
mattresses in two facilities, each sleeping
A CHARITY on the frontline of eight people, and the system is fully
Scotland’s drug deaths crisis hopes to use explained to service users before they
radar technology in a pioneering bid to stay. Hill believes the trial has already
spot overdoses as they happen. had an impact.
Simon Community Scotland (SCS) is He said no-one had died in either
currently trialling devices capable of shelter since the start of the trial,
detecting heart and respiration rates at although it is too early to say whether this
two homeless shelters in Lanarkshire. is directly related to the gadgets.
And this summer it plans to test wall- He said the project has “changed the
mounted gadgets that use radar dynamic in how we work with [service
technology to measure the vital signs of users]”.
those sleeping in bedrooms. They are now more open about their
The aim is to recognise overdoses as drug use and more receptive to advice, he
they happen, alerting staff via apps on explained.
their phones – and ensuring they can He added: “I think it has had a hugely
intervene quickly. positive effect to date, and we have been
Figures released last year showed the really pleased with the process and the
number of drug-related deaths was at a involvement of the people we support,
record high in Scotland, and nearly triple and the staff as well are really up for
the UK rate. getting involved in it.” He said: “There’s no flashing lights. It He added: “If you can save one life
Hugh Hill, director of services and Hill said the mattress sensors are doesn’t make any beeps. You can just from using this ... it’s worth it.”
development at SCS and Streetwork, said incredibly accurate, but added that ignore it.” Hill is under no illusions about the
there has been a significant rise in “people don’t go to bed to overdose”. He said SCS has spent £20,000 challenge presented by Scotland’s drug
overdoses in recent years. The charity now plans to trial wall- purchasing and setting up the equipment deaths crisis, and expects last year’s grim
He said the charity was moved to take mounted radar sensors, which it hopes involved in the two trials. record to be matched or exceeded this
action after a “terrible” weekend last year will be able to cover entire bedrooms. But Hill stressed the gadgets are not year.
in which three people overdosed. This will involve a “non-contact sensor intended to replace the care offered by He said: “The figures are going to be
One was found dead and the other two device” called VitalCARE, which is made staff, but instead act as an extra delayed this year, but I think most of us
ended up in intensive care. by the company Exceed Technology and “safeguard”. would be surprised if they come down,
Hill said staff were “absolutely measures heart and respiration rates He said: “We are more than happy to but we are obviously hoping that they
devastated”. He said: “We literally just sat using ultra-wideband (UWB) radar share any learnings and experiences we will.”
down with a coffee and thought, how can technology, before transmitting the get from this. We are not in this to make A recent survey of 46 service users at
we stop this happening again?” results over WiFi. money. SCS found many had previously
He said the trials appear to be the first Hill said it will probably be June before “We are spending our own money to overdosed, while 42% had a close relative
of their kind. the radar sensors are ready to be tested. try to make this happen.” or partner who had died.
“From our research, we are not aware Hill said there is a sense of
of anybody anywhere doing this in “hopelessness and worthlessness” among
Scotland, the UK, Europe or the world,” the homeless population.
he said. We are not aware of anybody anywhere Scottish Labour health spokeswoman
“We have not found anybody else who Monica Lennon said the lifeline support
is looking to make this happen.” doing this in Scotland, the UK, Europe or provided by charities such as SCS “has
SCS has been trialling a “contact-free”
sleep monitor designed by the company
the world. We have not found anybody never been more important because
Covid-19 is compounding Scotland’s drug
Emfit, which is placed under a mattress else who is looking to make this happen deaths emergency”.

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‘Many of us now speak
lockdown lingo fluently’
Susan Swarbrick there
Mistakes were made and villains
Voices &
was neglect ... but no real
‘People are more busy
Plus: food,

The Great
and not just key workers’
Vicky Allan
‘Global media freedoms tracked and
all foreigners out, and thengot through.
drink, books
paint a bleak picture’
David Pratt
isolated the few cases that have died.
and financial
Iain Macwhirter
Only 19 New Zealanders have to be
Eventually those borders
‘50m pints are going to
waste in pub cellar kegs’
opened again, and only
then will we see
is capable of
if this remote island nation but it is

Ron McKay David
leading risk analyst, Sir last week, we defying the virus indefinitely,
even the an impressive result.
“IT’S not the end; it’s not it is perhaps Spiegelhalter, pointed out until after world is
beginning of the end; but – Churchill’s won’t know the final score On the other side of the
the end of the beginning”after the battle the pandemic is over. Sweden, which took the open and
famous wartime speech So, at the end of the beginning, approach: left the borders regarded
1942 was been
of El Alamein in NovemberAfter all, by say about
what can we reasonably handled didn’t lockdown. It has
herd immunity
an ambiguous rallying cry. has been as the charnel house of UK. But the
he was how this disease Was this an by commentators in the
saying it was only the beginning,
be worse to in the UK so far? is now
suggesting that there could avoidable tragedy for which Did
we World Health Organisation
is the “model”
come. were criminally unprepared? saying the Nordic state of society.
Johnson, lead us for the future management
Perhaps this is why Boris leader, “British Exceptionalism”other

See pages
biographer of the great
to ignore warnings from Certainly, Sweden’s mortalityfrom the
epigram doesn’t look very different Sweden has
avoided using that particular countries? How do we compare?
when he announced last
week that
New Zealand declared UK’s. (For what it’s worth,deaths per
Britain had passed the
peak of this
total victory against the last week recorded 256 the UK’s
epidemic. None of us should
be in any
virus last week and million compared with
struggle. 384). Yet the Swedish economy
doubt that this is a long
Everything we know about will be
Jacinda Ardern is
is largely intact. Welcome to your
coronavirus tells us that
there being hailed as the As for Scotland, we’ve NEW
Two men aren’t several phases of this pandemic.
It paragon of Covid
management. She followed essentially the UK,
same pullout to help you
if the 1918 flu
comes in waves. Indeed, next wave adopted the approach as the rest of the
all Scotland has epidemic is any guide, the
with minor tweaks, like – even through the lockdow

17 and 25
will be worse than the present
one. the gun on wearing masks medical n
to offer when it This should be kept in mind
when draconian
approach to though the First Minister’s
the UK is experts said they didn’t of 3,500 is
comes to spies assessing whether or not Death border
Scotland’s testing target
topping the European Covid now control,
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“These kinds of interventions would be

even more powerful if the Scottish
Government would reinstate the number
of rehabilitation beds and then give drug
users an opportunity to kick their
“Simon Community Scotland is to be
commended for this innovative use of
A Scottish Government spokesperson
said: “Tackling the level of drug-related
deaths in Scotland remains a priority for
this Government and we are always
She said: “Our drug-related death rate Above, willing to consider any evidence-based
is the highest in Europe so any initiative Hugh Hill, a approach that can make a real difference
to reduce the risk of fatal drug overdose director at and save lives.
is very welcome.” SCS and “We are aware of the pilot currently
Scottish Conservative health Streetwork, being undertaken by the Simon
spokesman Miles Briggs said: “It seems says the Community on this pioneering
charities are doing more to tackle sensor technology.
Scotland’s record number of drugs deaths devices will “Scottish Government officials, along
than the Scottish Government. help curb with members of the Drug Death
“If these pioneering trials lead to new deaths of Taskforce, attended a demonstration by
ways to keep more people alive they are addicts the Simon Community of this technology
very welcome indeed. at the end of 2019.”
14 03.05.20

NEWS Health controversy

Father’s fury over routine hip operation

that left him crippled and unable to work
By Helen McArdle
A YOUNG father is taking
Scotland’s largest health board
to court over a hip operation
that he says has destroyed his
Kevin Dunn, from
Campbeltown in Argyll, says he
was told he would be “playing
football within six weeks” when
he was referred for the surgery
five years ago, aged 33.
But more than five years on he
can barely walk and relies on a
wheelchair to go outside.
Mr Dunn previously worked
three jobs in the seaside town –
as a bartender, in a call centre
and in a supermarket – but has
had to give up all three due to
disability and chronic pain.
His wife has also had to give up
work to become his full-time
carer. He was offered £15,000 by
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
to settle the case but turned it
down, with lawyers advising that
he could be entitled to damages
of more than £1 million. Kevin Dunn and wife Sarah on
However, the case, due to be their wedding day, top, and with
heard at the Court of Session in his family, below
Edinburgh later this year, has
been plunged into crisis after the
“no-win no-fee” firm in and out in two days and back When he asked his consultant began legal proceedings to sue modest earnings of £20,000 per
underwriting his costs withdrew playing football in six weeks.’ why he was not walking, Mr NHSGGC for damages. annum I would broadly value his
funding, leaving him unable to Those were the exact words.” Dunn was shocked to be told that Last year, NHSGGC offered to claim at over £1 million.”
afford his solicitor. He says he was not told that the recovery time was in fact six make an out-of-court settlement However, the case has been
Mr Dunn, who has a four-year there could be any potential months. But physiotherapy only worth £15,000, of which Mr complicated by the question of
old daughter and 12-year-old complications, or that his exacerbated his pain and over Dunn would receive £12,500 whether it was reasonable that
stepson with wife Sarah, now condition – femur acetabular time his medication was after legal fees. He turned it Mr Dunn be offered the surgery.
faces the ordeal of representing impingement (FAI) syndrome – escalated to include opioids and down, partly because the An orthopaedics expert
himself in court. was a precursor to osteoarthritis. sleeping tablets. deterioration in his hip means he witness consulted by Mr Dunn’s
He said: “Had I been given the The surgery took place at Six months after his operation can no longer undergo a full hip solicitor concluded there was no
correct information in the first Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow in he was still on crutches. replacement in future. Mr Dunn evidence of negligence and that
place, I wouldn’t be in this January 2015, but six weeks later He was sent for scans and said: “Don’t get me wrong, the decision to recommend hip
position now. I wouldn’t be Mr Dunn was “still on crutches, complained to NHS Greater £12,500 is a lot of money to me arthroscopy “was entirely within
looking at a life sentence of pain; still in pain and still on Glasgow and Clyde, but said the but it is nothing in comparison to reason and in keeping with the
I wouldn’t be fighting every single medication”. responses were “vague or dodged what I need to live. I’m crippled published literature”.
day to keep my mental health; my He said: “When I went for my the questions” and stated that his for life, the whole family is The case now hinges on
wife would be my wife and not check-up, there was a man in the situation “was in keeping with changed as a result.” whether Mr Dunn was
my carer. waiting room who’d been in at the natural history of your Mr Dunn says he has been told adequately advised of the risks to
“I’ve never pushed my the same time as me for a total condition”. by two separate hip specialists give consent.
daughter in a pram. I’ve never hip replacement but he was “That blew my mind. I was like that they would not have Mr Dunn remains adamant
taken her to the park, never given sitting there with no crutches or ‘what the hell’s my condition? I recommended FAI as a first that he would never have
her a bath, never put her on my anything. He was ship shape. was told I had a little bit of extra course of treatment. proceeded, but funding was
shoulders, walked down the Alarm bells started to ring.” bone and I’d be back playing Correspondence in December withdrawn by the no-win no-fee
street with her, took her into a football in six weeks. 2019 from the advocate hired by firm paying for his solicitor after
shop. I haven’t done anything “When I asked my consultant his legal firm states: “If the it concluded his chances of
that a normal parent would do. what they meant he said I had ‘a pursuer [Mr Dunn] had avoided success were below 50%.
“It breaks my heart.” little bit of osteoarthritis’, but it the operation in January 2015 he He said: “No-one ever said to
Mr and Mrs Dunn were was the first I’d heard.” would not now have chronic, me ‘there is a chance it might not
newly married and on holiday In 2016, Mr Dunn underwent unrelenting pain over his left work and you end up worse off’,
when he began feeling pain and surgery to investigate and clean lateral hip ... this seems to be the that I could develop chronic pain,
tightness in his left hip in October the bursa – a fluid-filled sac near main reason for his disability. or that I’d need a hip replacement
2013. He was eventually referred the hip joint – in case infection “The exact reason for his in future anyway from
to the Western General in was the cause of his discomfort. condition is unclear although an osteoarthritis. If they had said
Glasgow in October 2014, where However, his condition infection at the time of the that one sentence to me at the
it was recommended that he deteriorated further and he operation is suspected. start, then the whole thing would
undergo surgery to “shave off” a “Clearly the risk of being left have gone in a completely
bit of excess bone at the top of his with a chronic pain condition different direction. I was fine, I’d
femur. By this point his wife was (whether due to infection or have waited. But it’ll come down
pregnant and Mr Dunn stressed I’ve never pushed my daughter damage to surrounding to the judge’s decision.”
that he did not want to proceed if structures) is something that he A spokeswoman for NHSGGC
the recovery time would be longer in a pram. Never taken her to should have been warned about said: “There is an ongoing legal
than six to eight weeks as his
symptoms were mild. Mr Dunn
the park, never given her a bath, ... I do not know what the
pursuer’s pre-accident earnings
claim and it would be
inappropriate for us to make any
said: “[The doctor] said: ‘You’ll be never put her on my shoulders were but even assuming relatively comment.”
16 03.05.20

Images of life
from Scotland
and beyond

Snapshots of
history – in 3D
If you want to get up close and personal to the past, go to a
museum. Right? Well, not any more. One Scottish museum has
applied a little hi-tech thinking to bring its exhibits to life like
never before. John-Paul Holden takes a closer look ....
THE SY Carola’s distinctive red and black Staff at Dundee University, meanwhile,
hull, topped by a golden yellow funnel, floats scanned specimens preserved in its globally
against a dark background. famous zoological collection.
With a flick of the hand, the historic vessel – Among the overseas items featured are the
built in 1898 on the north banks of the Clyde Smithsonian’s Apollo 11 Columbia command
– spins 180 degrees, revealing a stern that juts module, a Tyrannosaurus rex skull from the
above the propeller’s curved blades and a Digital Atlas of Ancient Life and a fourth-
large, semi-circular rudder. century BC sculpture held by the Minneapolis
Zoom in and it’s possible to examine her Institute of Art.
decaying deckhouse. There, a fragile-looking Marta Pilarska, 3D digitisation project
banister guides the viewer’s eye along the manager at the maritime museum, said the
upper edge of a staircase leading down into models would create an entirely new
the boat’s bowels. relationship with members of the public.
Such detail would not normally be available “All of a sudden ... we have this digital
to those visiting the Carola’s final resting output that can serve not only as a condition-
place at the Scottish Maritime Museum. monitoring tool but is also visually appealing,”
But now, thanks to technology, every last she explained.
stain, bolt and rust patch on what is believed “We can use it to engage with the public and
to be the world’s oldest seagoing steam yacht allow online visitors to explore our collection
can be scrutinised at any time and from the in a new way. One of the benefits of this –
comfort of home. particularly if you’re talking about vessels
She is one of several vessels captured as part such as MV Spartan and SY Carola – is that
of a landmark 3D scanning project that was while visiting the museum in Irvine one can
spearheaded by some of the world’s leading view the vessels from the outside, but access to images from all around the object and are then what underpins the accurate 3D
cultural organisations, including the revered interiors is restricted. processing them in software capable of model.”
Smithsonian Institution in the US and the “Immersive virtual tours, based on recognising distinctive features of these Pilarska hopes the scans will become a
National Gallery of Denmark. Experts at 360-degree imaging, enabled us to make those objects and … digitally reconstructing the online draw while the Scottish Maritime
Dundee University Museum Collections were areas accessible.” object’s geometry. Based on that, the 3D Museum itself is closed under coronaviru
also involved. The result is a huge online store However, the technical challenges were model is built. lockdown measures.
offering the public free, unrestricted access to significant. “We’ve had to move quickly “Laser scanning, on the other hand, But the project, she stressed, is not sole
hundreds of models through the Sketchfab through a big but rewarding learning curve,” guarantees high accuracy and is considered a about boosting interaction with the publi
content-sharing platform. said Pilarska. standard 3D surveying method. Building up detailed information about t
As well as the Carola, there are images of “3D laser scanning and photogrammetry “Whenever a laser beam sent from the vessels themselves is another key aim.
MV Spartan, the only surviving Scottish-built are the two main techniques used in digital scanner hits the surface of the object and “Having an accurate record of the mus
“puffer”, and RNLB Jane Anne, a rare recording of heritage sites and objects. returns to the sensor, it is recorded as a collection was one of two reasons to have
surviving example of a double-ended, self- “Photogrammetry is the one used more precise measurement. Scanners send and project happen,” she said. “Public access
righting lifeboat which is hugely important to often in the museum sector, as it is regarded as record millions of such beams during data second.
the Scottish Maritime Museum’s local being easier and more budget-friendly. In capture and all of them are stored as points in “Creating detailed documentation of
community of Irvine. short, it comes down to taking hundreds of 3D space, or point clouds. Those point clouds museum collections has always been one

Main image:
hundreds of
photos were
taken of the
Spartan and
other exhibits
for the 3D

Far left: the


Right, from
top: the Jane
Anne; a
hammer; a
cat’s head

D the fundamentals of curators’ work, and 3D “There’s a movement to say that everything “We will see how that goes and may make scanned images free, then 3D print them. So
documentation feels like the next step that the should be totally open access and rights-free more open access in the future.” there are multiple aspects of it from a public
a huge sector will take with advancements in for the public,” she said. Erolin said the availability of the Sketchfab engagement point of view.
technology.” “The counter argument is that objects can store felt particularly important as the “Of course, this was before coronavirus and
us At Dundee University, Dr Caroline Erolin then be viewed and shared without anything coronavirus lockdown continues and Scots so it’s timely to have that different means of
and her students scanned specimens from the about their cultural context, where they have look for sources of mental stimulation at access.
ely world-famous D’Arcy Thompson Zoology come from. home. “Even when the museum is open, it’s maybe
ic. Museum. Among the more unusual and exotic “We wanted to take part but not put the “It definitely has value terms of public a bit harder for some people – the disabled, for
he contributions are a sea turtle carapace, a whole collection up online and make the outreach,” she added. “Matthew Jarron, the example – to access it, so it just widens access
pencil urchin and a rhinoceros hindfoot. entire thing open access. museum curator, was quite keen because [the in the general sense.”
seum For Erolin, a senior lecturer in medical art, “So we put 10 objects online, totally open museum] is campus-based and it’s not open to It is also possible the store will continue
e this questions over how much of the university’s access, and around another 40 more under a the public that often. growing. “I don’t know if we will realistically
is the collection would be posted touched on a ‘non-commercial, attribution, share-alike’ “We thought it would be nice to have scan everything,” she said.
growing debate around ensuring public access licence, although people like members of the certain specimens more accessible on a “But, perhaps, with an internship, we will
to artefacts does not come at the expense of a general public can still download those if they permanent basis. have someone coming in and doing a few
e of proper appreciation of their origin. want to. “Members of the public can download the more scans and plan to keep building it up.”
A circle of clumped
tawny feathers
indicated the
scene of the crime
Rosemary Goring – Page 20


It’s time for the

Chancellor to
talk universal
basic income
Alistair Carmichael
Page 21

‘Many of us now speak
lockdown lingo fluently’

Mistakes were made and there

Susan Swarbrick

‘People are more busy

and not just key workers’

was neglect ... but no real villains

Vicky Allan
‘Global media freedoms
paint a bleak picture’
David Pratt
all foreigners out, and then tracked and
‘50m pints are going to
waste in pub cellar kegs’
Iain Macwhirter isolated the few cases that got through.
Only 19 New Zealanders have died.
Ron McKay Eventually those borders will have to be
opened again, and only then will we see
“IT’S not the end; it’s not even the leading risk analyst, Sir David if this remote island nation is capable of
beginning of the end; but it is perhaps Spiegelhalter, pointed out last week, we defying the virus indefinitely, but it is
the end of the beginning” – Churchill’s won’t know the final score until after an impressive result.
famous wartime speech after the battle the pandemic is over. On the other side of the world is
of El Alamein in November 1942 was So, at the end of the beginning, Sweden, which took the opposite
an ambiguous rallying cry. After all, by what can we reasonably say about approach: left the borders open and
saying it was only the beginning, he was how this disease has been handled didn’t lockdown. It has been regarded
suggesting that there could be worse to in the UK so far? Was this an as the charnel house of herd immunity
come. avoidable tragedy for which we by commentators in the UK. But the
Perhaps this is why Boris Johnson, were criminally unprepared? Did World Health Organisation is now
biographer of the great war leader, “British Exceptionalism” lead us saying the Nordic state is the “model”
avoided using that particular epigram to ignore warnings from other for the future management of society.
when he announced last week that countries? How do we compare? Certainly, Sweden’s mortality curve
Britain had passed the peak of this New Zealand declared doesn’t look very different from the
epidemic. None of us should be in any total victory against the UK’s. (For what it’s worth, Sweden has
doubt that this is a long struggle. virus last week and last week recorded 256 deaths per
Everything we know about Jacinda Ardern is million compared with the UK’s
coronavirus tells us that there will be being hailed as the 384). Yet the Swedish economy
Two men aren’t several phases of this pandemic. It paragon of Covid is largely intact.
all Scotland has comes in waves. Indeed, if the 1918 flu management. She As for Scotland, we’ve
epidemic is any guide, the next wave adopted the followed essentially the same
to offer when it will be worse than the present one. most approach as the rest of the UK,
comes to spies This should be kept in mind when draconian with minor tweaks, like jumping
assessing whether or not the UK is approach to the gun on wearing masks – even
Neil Mackay topping the European Covid Death border though the First Minister’s medical
Page 24 League, as many have claimed, now control, experts said they didn’t work.
that some 27,000 have died. As the UK’s locking Scotland’s testing target of 3,500 is
18 03.05.20

It seems Scotland has been

shaped by several events that
coincidentally took place in
the first 48 hours in May ...

Come what May: Days

that changed our nation
level of poverty remained as crushing
Ron McKay and deadly as it had before. It was the
nobles and rich speculators, who had
gambled and lost in the mad venture,
who were hustling it through on the
IT was surely the most fateful and promise of a better time, mainly for
fanciful 48 hours in Scottish history and themselves as they were to receive more
although the events were separated by than half of their losses returned.
centuries they reverberate to this day. The Edinburgh parliament
There were tragedies, double dealings, represented Scottish opinion only in a
legends created, unimaginable power theoretical sense, made up as it was of
unleashed, machinery constructed, self-perpetuating noblemen and
demolished along with job and, oh, here landowners, but this was true of all
also be monsters. parliaments wherever they existed. By
The days opened with the bells of St the eve of the Union there were 302
Giles’ Cathedral ringing out on May the parliamentarians, some 143 hereditary
First in 1707, legally uniting Scotland peers, 92 “shire” or county
and England as the Act of Union came commissioners, and 67 burgh
into force. The tune the bells played was commissioners.
at the very least ambivalent about the The rough head count at the time
newly-forged connection, Why Should I reckoned that the majority of the
Be Sad On My Wedding Day. parliament would be agin the deal,
The contemporary historian Simon which is where blatant bribery was
Schama described it thus: “What began employed to buy votes and pay spies and
as a hostile merger, would end in a full agents provocateurs, £20,000 sterling
partnership in the most powerful going (£240,000 Scots) of which was
concern in the world ... it was one of the distributed by the Earl of Glasgow.
most astonishing transformations in As Robert Burns famously put it, Lochleven he joined the chorus
European history.” “Such a parcel of rogues in a nation” condemning Mary as an adulteress and
Well, maybe, although the hostility to they were “bought and sold for English murderess and for the rest of his life
the conjoining is underestimated. gold”. spoke of her as “that wicked woman”.
However you view the creation of what
was to be Great Britain there is no
However you By then, the Scottish and English
thrones had been united under one
May 2 in 1611 was also the day the
King James Version of the Bible was
doubt it was vigorously and violently
opposed by the majority of Scots.
view the creation monarch for more than 100 years, since
the Union of the Crowns in 1603, when
published in London.
There have been monsters throughout
Riots in Edinburgh and other Scottish
towns in the months and years leading
of what was to be James Vl also became king of England
when Queen Elizabeth died childless.
Scottish history, usually of the
two-legged kind. On May 2 in 1933
up to it had become a feature of Great Britain James was Mary, Queen of Scots’ son, while one of most evil in history was
everyday life. The Duke of Hamilton, although he hadn’t seen her since he starting a reign of terror on his people
who led the nationalist opposition there is no doubt was an infant. The doomed Mary, by first taking over German trade
(although the cad was actually in the
pay of the English), was cheered along it was vigorously taking advantage of May Day,
wassailing and general drunkenness in
unions, here we were looking to the
north of the country and Loch Ness, not
the Royal Mile as he passed each day in
his carriage, whereas the Duke of and violently Lochleven Castle where she was being
held a prisoner in 1568, managed to
to Hitler, and the legend of the
serpentine monster began.
Queensberry, who supported the deal,
required round-the-clock protection
opposed by the escape and head south. She was
heedless of her advisers telling her not
There may have been local mutterings
and sightings before but when the
from hostile mobs chucking not just
epithets but anything they could lay
majority of Scots to go to London and she ended up, of
course, heidless.
Inverness Courier ran a story about a
large “beast” or “whale-like fish” it was
their hands on. May 2, eight years earlier, had seen christened Nessie. The writer was Alex
When Daniel Defoe arrived in the the return of John Knox from exile to Campbell, a water bailiff on the loch
city in 1706 in his day job as an English lead the Scottish Reformation. And as and part-time journalist, and the article
secret agent, he described “a Scots Gandhi would probably have said had covered an alleged sighting by Aldie
rabble is the worst of its kind”, while he been around to be asked: “I think Mackay of an enormous creature
conceding that “for every Scot in favour that would be a good idea.” writhing about the water as she and her
of the union there were 99 opposed”. Knox believed that having a woman husband drove along the shore.
Scotland had been all but bankrupted ruler – as he blasted in his famous tract In Campbell’s words, “The creature
by the Darien scheme to build a colony The First Blast of the Trumpet against disported itself, rolling and plunging for
on the plague-afflicted isthmus of the monstrous regiment of women – was fully a minute, its body resembling that
Panama although as most of the a violation of the natural order. of a whale, and the water cascading and
population had nothing to lose, their Following Mary’s escape from churning like a simmering cauldron.

of the Macwhirter
‘Yes I have’
President Donald From Page 17 population would get the disease
Trump when and that the vast majority would
asked if he had have only mild symptoms if any. So,
seen evidence only one-third of the UK’s, which the idea was to allow the virus to
Covid-19 doesn’t seem to accord with Nicola spread in a controlled fashion,
originated in a Sturgeon’s hailing of test, track and protecting the vulnerable, while
Chinese lab isolate (TTI) as the the holy grail of working to ensure that the health
Covid control. service was not overwhelmed.
Closing Scotland’s borders was This has worked in a fashion. In
never an option, but it seems the end there were plenty of
‘There are reasonable to suppose that the UK ventilators and intensive care beds.
clearly could have reduced deaths in this Unfortunately, a lot of people died
first wave if it had done so. Had we in the meantime, many of them in
questions locked down and banned Chinese care homes.
that need to and Iranian immigrants from Old people were expected to die
be answered Britain on February 2, as did in large numbers from Covid-19,
Jacinda Ardern, this island nation and they certainly have done. Many
about the could have had a crack at were moved out of hospitals and
origin and elimination of the disease. into care homes to free up bed
But here we come up against space. In those homes they became
spread of the political reality. None of the particularly vulnerable.
virus, not academic experts suggested closing Whether and how many died
the borders in late January. If they needlessly in this triage process is
least so we had, they would have been accused hard to say. I’m not going to join the
can ensure of racism. We know this because hysterics on Twitter who accuse
that is exactly what Donald Trump Nicola Sturgeon and Boris Johnson
we are better was accused of when he banned of killing thousands of senior
prepared for Chinese immigrants and later citizens through a callous policy of
travellers from Europe. herd immunity.
future global But even without closed borders All we can say is that old people
pandemics. it seems to many inexplicable that were not the priority. The fear was
This work the UK ignored testing. Didn’t the that tens, maybe hundreds of
World Health Organisation say: thousands of younger people might
will need to “test, test, test”? TTI seemed to be fall victim to the disease. This was
be done with successful in Germany where they why the Nightingale and Louisa
were doing 100,000 tests a day Jordan hospitals, now mostly
all of our nearly a month ago. empty, were set up to receive them.
international The main reason the politicians Older people and those with
didn’t proceed with community pre-existing conditions were not
partners’ testing was because the medical meant to be cared for in these new
PM Boris establishment overwhelmingly units.
Johnson’s official opposed it. Herd immunity is anyway not a
Soon, however, it disappeared in a Imp rolled off the production line at the spokesman They regarded it as a distraction. policy, it is a description of how a
boiling mass of foam.” new Rootes factory at Linwood. It was As this column has pointed out population acquires immunity to a
Not for long, however, because it was meant to compete with the highly- before, Professor Jason Leitch, the disease when there is no vaccine.
to reappear with regularity in the years successful Mini, but it was hastily national clinical director, Epidemiologists know from long
that followed, to be photographed – designed and badly executed. It was ‘We have announced the abandonment of experience that these coronaviruses
although some of the shots were hoaxes rear-engined and handled badly – some community testing and contact eventually die out when around
or genuine misinterpretations of customers placed a bag of cement under good tracing in Scotland in mid-March. 60% of the population is exposed.
innocent logs and waves – and see the front bonnet to keep it stable – and evidence This was because Britain lacked But no-one in Government
surveys and expeditions camp on the it had an inadequate cooling system, an extensive diagnostic actually advocated letting Covid-19
shore for months, and to be written gearbox and clutch problems, faulty
from the infrastructure, of the kind that run rampant. Boris Johnson did not
about until this day. chokes and a tendency to leak water. No genomics worked so well in free market say, before he succumbed to the
The latest “sighting” was in 2014 surprise the Imp developed a reputation research Germany. The pharmaceuticals disease, that we had to “take it on
when Apple Maps showed a satellite for unreliability. giant, Roche, played a major role the chin”. The policy was to manage
image of what appeared to be a It wasn’t all bad as it provided work in that the virus there. the disease, through social
30-metre-long monster, although it an industry-ravaged area although that is not man- The priority in Scotland was to distancing and lockdown.
might just have been the wake of a boat, was not to last and, in 1967, the ensure that essential workers were It is hard to conclude that there
ripples caused by seals or floating wood. company donated 100 Imps, painted made, and tested, along with those who were any real villains of fifth
On that same day in 1959, a monster green and white, for Celtic fans to drive the scientific showed symptoms of the disease. columnists in Britain’s Covid war
capable of both destroying the world to Lisbon to watch their team lift the Perhaps the UK should have set so far.
and powering it opened in southwest European Cup. world has up the infrastructure for mass The country behaved much as in
Scotland. It was the Chapelcross After 12 years it was over – “Linwood very much testing a decade ago. But we are the real war. Mistakes were made,
nuclear station on a former Second no more” as the Proclaimers sang in where we are. And Germany is now especially over PPE. We were slow
World War airfield near Annan, Letter From America – when Chrysler, moved on finding that there has been an off the mark. Ministers were
commissioned to produce weapons- which had taken over from Rootes, from this uptick in infections and deaths so it confused about priorities. Some
grade plutonium for the UK’s weapons closed the factory and, in its words, put idea’ may not be out of the Covid woods people were neglected. But we seem
programme and also to generate power an end to that “damned poorly-designed yet. to be getting there by deploying
for the National Grid. automobile”. And damned the 11,000 or Dr Michael Head, The expectation of UK Britain’s time-hallowed approach to
The plant was decommissioned in so who were directly or indirectly senior research epidemiologists at the start of the crisis management: “muddling
2014 but the final demolition and site employed by the company to the dole fellow in global pandemic was that 80% of the through”.
clearance won’t be complete until at queue. health at the
least 2095, but more likely the new Another carmaker, Henry Ford, said University of
century. Hope you’re around for that. that history is bunk. The future isn’t Southampton
On May 2 in 1963, the first Hillman looking so bright either. READ MORE Iain’s unrivalled political analysis –
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20 03.05.20


Life and death battle

in our lovely garden
Rosemary Goring peeping, as his coppery red and sea
green plumage shone in the sun.
Do pheasants mourn? Can they
recognise they have lost a partner? It’s
too easy to anthropomorphise, but it did
IT is commonplace these days to extol seem as if this bird felt uneasy,
the virtues of nature, and the calming – diminished, and alone.
indeed restorative – effect it can have. Later, debris in the field caught my
But it isn’t always a balm. eye. When I went to investigate, a wide
The other afternoon I strolled around circle of clumped tawny feathers
the garden, listening to the birds, which indicated the scene of the crime.
in breeding season grow louder than the Our next door neighbour said he had
Berlin Philharmonic, and enjoying the
sight of the blue tits popping in and out
of their nestbox.
From a fox’s heard a terrible commotion early the
previous evening, coming from the
direction of our garden.
Stopping by a recently weeded border,
I saw a mound of freshly dug earth.
With the toe of my boot I started to
point of view, We do have three cats in the vicinity,
but they were not the prime suspects.
This was clearly the work of a fox. Their
scuff it back in place, and found myself
looking at a mess of blood and gristle. our pheasants modus operandi is to bite off the heads
of birds, and bury the body to prevent
Something had been buried in our others finding it. Later they will return
garden overnight.
Not possessing an ounce of
might as well to retrieve their cache.
It was interesting that in this instance,
pioneering grit, I called Alan to come the fox was so hungry, or had so many
and see. First thoughts were whether we
were being sent a message by the
carry a sign mouths to feed, it had dared to go out in
broad daylight.
Borders branch of the Sopranos – that’s
what comes of being addicted to Netflix
rather than Springwatch.
reading Possibly catering for a den of cubs, it
would have seen an easy target in such a
ponderous, heedless creature. Since wouldn’t want to cross one. By the next
With a spade, we gingerly uncovered a
shallow grave and, rather than a horse’s ‘takeaway’ lockdown, Hoolet has been almost
overrun by pheasants.
morning, our pheasant’s corpse was
gone from the field. There was a
head, came on a decapitated pheasant. One across the road waits until the scraping of earth in the garden, so
The bird was recently killed. It wasn’t finches and tits have shaken nuts and presumably the vixen, or dog, had
quite like finding Anne Boleyn in the crumbs from the bird feeder for it to returned to its fridge before following
flowerbed, but the beheading added an gather. The males squawk as loud as the scent to where we’d dumped it.
extra frisson to the encounter, saxophonists, and male and female alike Since then, as dusk falls, I stand at the
indicating an expert killer was on the have been parading around the village, bottom of the garden, looking out to the
loose, and our garden had become its slow and stately as royalty. woods beyond.
larder. From a fox’s point of view, they might Somewhere out there our fox is biding
Alan carried the remains far into the as well carry a placard reading its time.
field beyond the back gate, where it lay “takeaway”. It’s a pleasing thought, but not
by a fence for the rest of the day. Had we been real country folk, a everyone sees it that way. These parts
It was a female pheasant, and as I got friend said, we’d have put the bird in our are home to the Buccleuch Hunt, one of
back to weeding, the loud, proud, own pot. the most famous in the country. In
territorial male that has been haunting Learning of this incident, a neighbour autumn and winter we often hear bugles
the gardens all around here with his recalled a day when she heard frantic and baying hounds. It’s a sound that
mate seemed subdued. He walked quacking and clucking from her ducks sends a shiver up my spine.
around the field clucking quietly like a and hens. Hurrying out she found a Occasionally, as with most hunts, it
hen, with none of his usual trumpeting. badger in their midst. To silence the falls foul of anti-hunt protesters, who
At one point I saw him by the fence, a duck, it had bitten off its face. In shock, remain convinced that legal loopholes
few feet from the corpse, standing she kicked it, and to her relief it ran off. allow hunting to continue as it always
motionless for a long time and not even Badgers have ferocious jaws; you did, with dogs tearing foxes apart rather

Hunting is bound up with Guest comment

country life that can ‘It’s now time to consider
be hard to understand a universal basic income’
By Alistair Carmichael
MY first summer job was as a waiter
in the Machrie Hotel on Islay. I was
paid the princely sum of 96p per
hour, a rate set by the Wages Board
for the hotel and catering industry
from which 9p per hour could be
deducted for meals.
The world of work has changed a
lot since then. Wages boards are a
thing of the past.
More people are self-employed.
More work for agencies or on zero-
hour contracts. Many small
businesses which would previously
been sole traders or partnerships
have, instead, become limited
companies. back. It is how I have tried to live my
A great deal of this change has life and how I, in turn, have raised
been spurred on through my children.
Government encouragement. The idea of money coming from
The inability of governments to the government to every citizen,
respond to the changes that they with nothing expected in return, sits
have created in recent decades ill with that approach to life. Then
means that our politicians now again, the idea that government can
need to be bold and creative in how close businesses, stop social and
we respond. sporting gatherings and curtail our
If we fail to do so then we risk civil liberties in a quite drastic
leaving behind many of the hardest- manner sits no more easily.
working and most productive We have all had to accept the
people in our communities. We also necessary price of fighting this war
risk making the task of rebuilding against Covid-19.
our economy harder than it needs Yes, a universal basic income
to be. risks giving money to people who
That is why on Monday I urged do not need it.
the Chancellor of the Exchequer to That, however, is something that
look seriously at the idea of a is easily remedied through the tax
Universal Basic Income. system.
His response was dismissive but If you think about it, we already
the growing calls in support of the have a form of universal basic
idea are not going to go away. income in the state pension.
Thousands of families will face Anyone receiving that who gets
financial hardship in this crisis due more from an occupational or
to the current gaps in Government personal pension pays income tax
support. on anything above the tax
The small building firm in threshold.
Shetland that I have been trying to This also offers us an opportunity
help in recent weeks illustrates the to gather evidence on which to
problem well. It is owned by the two base our decisions about the future
men who started it and runs as a of our economy and our society
limited company. when this is all over. Income
The owners take most of their inequality has grown in this country
income though dividends. Their and now poses a risk to social
than simply flushing them to be shot. for and look after the horses and packs. Foxes are often four employees have been cohesion.
Yet since the ban in 2002, there has only Were hunting on horseback to be so hungry, or furloughed and their position ought A Universal Basic Income may be
been one successful prosecution of banned entirely, innumerable have so many to be secure. part of the answer to that. I frankly
mounted huntsmen for illegal hunting. livelihoods would be lost, as would a mouths to feed, As things stand, however, there is remain to be convinced but I have
It is dreadful to think of terrified deep-rooted fixture of the rural they are forced no adequate help for the two an open mind and I would like to
animals being pursued, running for calendar. to dare show owners of the business. The see the evidence. Sir Arthur Conan
their lives until the hounds catch them. I would prefer no animal ever to be their presence purpose of the furlough scheme is Doyle’s most famous creation,
Shooting is by far the cleanest and chased to its death, but I can see that the in broad to protect jobs now for when Sherlock Holmes, put it thus:
most humane way of dealing with ethics of fox hunting are not as clear cut daylight productive work restarts. “When you have eliminated the
creatures of any sort that pose a threat as they first appear. Unless we find a way of helping impossible, whatever remains,
to farming and livestock. Back in Hoolet, the foxes in our these business owners, and however improbable, must be the
Yet horseback hunting is bound up woods are safe for the meantime and, if thousands like them, there will be truth.”
with country life in a way that is hard the pheasants continue to patrol the no business to which the Our Government may not like the
for urban dwellers or incomers like me place like two-legged buffet trolleys, they employees can return. truth with which they are faced but
to understand. will dine like MasterChef judges. A few weeks ago I may not have they offer no alternative.
The old class divisions this upperclass Come autumn, should hounds ever been quite as dismissive of a If they continue in their failure to
pursuit used to epitomise – or was flush one from its den, it will find a safe universal basic income as the acknowledge reality, then they risk
portrayed as embodying – no longer haven with us. Chancellor has proven but I would failing some of the people who are
pertains; hunters come from many At the first cry of a bugle, I’ll open our certainly have been sceptical of its most deserving of their help.
walks of life, as do those who provide gate, and hope it remembers the way. merits.
Like most Scots I was taught by
my parents that hard work would Alistair Carmichael is a Liberal
win reward, which would allow me Democrat MP and former Secretary
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The Herald every Wednesday to get on in life and then to pay of State for Scotland
22 03.05.20

Herald on Sunday Letters
200 Renfield Street
Glasgow G2 3QB

Balanced, sensible advice or
schools comments like these? I know
deserve a who I trust on coronavirus
tax break I READ Iain Macwhirter’s article (The
Herald on Sunday Voices, April 26) with
In our view feelings of exasperation and disbelief. To
complain that the population is under
“house arrest” is a massive
exaggeration; most of us can leave home
PRIVATE schools have been a to exercise, to shop for food and other
cornerstone of Scotland’s essentials, and to attend medical
education system for hundreds of appointments; and because the majority
years but in recent times they have of people have responded positively,
come under sustained attack that lives are being saved.
has threatened their very existence. Mr Macwhirter states that “adults
So, the Scottish Government’s should be allowed to discuss what risks
announcement that plans to strip they are prepared to take and when” but
them of charitable tax breaks to the risk an adult may be prepared to
help them through the coronavirus take could have a serious impact on
pandemic have been postponed is those he or she comes into contact with,
a welcome step for the sector. spreading the disease and ramping up
Whether or not you agree with the number of cases of serious illness
the principle of private schools, it and death.
must be acknowledged that the Does any sensible and responsible
sector plays a key role in educating person really want to take that chance?
children, many from deprived As for calling for a timetable to the I have been a regular reader since the
areas who win scholarships and get
a chance in life they would not
current restrictions being lifted, the
First Minister has made clear that she Clarification 1990s. In recent years I’ve become
drawn in to the perceptive and
otherwise get. will not do so until she is confident that AN article on issues with a rise in interesting pieces by David Pratt, who
Like virtually every other sector, people’s lives will not be put at risk; and fly-tipping in The Herald on Sunday presents a global perspective as viewed
private schools are suffering a after all, economies can recover, corpses (April 26) gave information about from Scotland. This is not parochial
severe financial hit because of the cannot. cuts to waste disposal services journalism and provides a healthy
crisis and any move to ease the As Mr Macwhirter concedes, Ms across Scotland, according to local contrast to the self-styled metropolitan
blow has to be a welcome relief for Sturgeon has won praise from Unionist authority responses. In it we said outpourings of the Sunday press
many head teachers. commentators for her approach to this West Dunbartonshire Council is the published in London.
But given the severity of the pandemic, but he should be ashamed of only council to have cut the I feel privileged to have access to a
current crisis, there is an argument his snide comment that she should frequency of the general waste pick constructive alternative.
that the sector should be given “accept her plaudits and bank her up and stop picking up garden waste Alex Murdoch
even longer than April next year political capital”. She has made clear and recycling. North Berwick
before the tax break is lifted. from the start that she is not interested in The council has asked us to point
Otherwise, schools will be left
with no alternative than to raise
party political point-scoring at this time
and her genuine and overriding concern
out that they have not cut the
frequency of general waste pick up Bury your differences
school fees or close for good.
Asking hard-pressed parents,
for the public’s health and welfare does
her credit. Sadly, Mr Macwhirter’s article
frequency. We are happy to set the
record straight. for good of the game
many of whom scrimp and save to does him no credit at all. THERE seems to be some truth in the
ensure their children get the best Ruth Marr idea that the current crisis in Scottish
start in life, to pay more at such a Stirling me (63), but the graphs of those dying football terms is akin to rearranging the
time is not a desirable move and do show a significant leap from 60 deckchairs on the Titanic.
will see many pupils removed due
to expense and the school facing I don’t appreciate upwards – hardly a “marginal” risk.
It pains me to say it but Mr
Individual interests and money
worries seem to be taking precedence
closure regardless.
This would leave just a handful these cavalier ideas Macwhirter’s stance seems amazingly
close to the cavalier attitude ascribed to
over co-operation and consensus.
Sinking (excuse the pun) differences
of larger schools to dominate the IAIN Macwhirter is being over- Dominic Cummings a few weeks ago. should be the order of the day. Personal
market, raise fees and put private optimistic to say that “it is well Jane Ann Liston prejudices should be swept aside to
education out of reach of every established that the virus cannot survive St Andrews preserve the integrity of our footballing
parent apart from the very wealthy. long in sunlight”. There is a possibility structure.
The proud history and tradition
would be lost forever and replaced
that this might be the case but from
what various scientific and medical More excellent work If there were on the cards a definite
date when footballing activities could be
with a system only open to the
people have said it is by no means “well
established”. from top journalists safely resumed, then no-one could have
any objections to completing the
Many at Holyrood are As for his penultimate sentence, “Our THIS is just a note of appreciation and remaining league fixtures and the
ideologically opposed to private children do not deserve to suffer approval for the outstanding political outstanding ties in the Scottish Cup.
education, but legislators must because people of my generation and journalism provided by Iain Macwhirter Sadly, uncertainty rules the day and
look at the bigger picture and older might be marginally at risk”, well, over more than two decades in the the decision will have to be taken
ensure the sector survives. I don’t know how old Mr Macwhirter is, Sunday Herald and now The Herald on sooner or later to award the premier
though I believe him to be younger than Sunday. league positions on the basis of the


A man walks over a pedestrian crossing in Ginza, Tokyo earlier this week during a nationwide state of emergency in which many shops, restaurants, cafes and businesses have closed
in Japan. The country has begun to see a slowdown in Covid-19 coronavirus infections after several weeks under a state of emergency intended, among other things, to reduce person-
to-person contact. Japan has so far recorded 13,614 infections, 385 deaths and 1,899 recoveries from the virus. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

current standings, as imperfect and yet was the only artist who documented He must be one of the few who put longstanding and unedifying debacle in
necessary that would be. Glasgow during that post-war period. their dog on the lead if children or farm Scotland over the regulatory control of
I would also suggest that promotions Herbert Whone was another Glasgow- animals are around so I commend his the solicitors’ profession (Watchdog’s
should be agreed while relegation based artist during the late 50s and early actions. Perhaps he should carry on his damning report ..., The Herald on
should not be applicable for season 60s whose style and subject matter, the good work by telling other owners to do Sunday, April 26).
2020/21. That would occasion a top changing industrial and social the same, but I suspect this would result This Competition and Markets
league of 14 for the resumption of the The recycled landscape of Glasgow, was similar to in abuse or perhaps injury. Authority report contains unfounded
football season, a situation which would paper Eardley’s and who is also criminally Many owners do not control their and irrational criticisms of Scottish
operate only for the duration of that content neglected as a chronicler of these dogs, their dogs control them. Owners solicitors and these may point to the
season to safeguard the economic of UK turbulent times. whose dogs have been shot while real agenda of the CMA, which is to
survival of endangered clubs where newspapers With Edinburgh’s Scottish National
in 2018 attacking farm animals have only remould the Scottish regime in the
there is no such solution. was 69.2%. Gallery of Modern Art and Glasgow’s themselves to blame. likeness of that of England and Wales.
Let us all hope that those who nurse Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum P Davidson then plays the elderly and This would include the non-solicitor,
personal grievances for reasons known both in possession of some of his disabled card by saying I would deny commercial ownership of solicitors’
only to themselves come to their senses paintings, a complementary exhibition them a dog since they could not run at firms, an assault upon the Scottish
for the good of the game as a whole. of both artists’ works would represent speed after it. jurisdiction which the Scottish public
Denis Bruce an astonishing document of a changing There are too many irresponsible and, in particular, Scottish consumers
Bishopbriggs city at a pivotal time in its history. owners so there should be an owners’ should certainly stand against and send
D Mitchell test to see if they are a fit person to own homeward.
Let’s celebrate these Edinburgh and train a dog. I am sure P Davidson
would agree since judging by his letter
Why do Scottish solicitors decline to
appoint the solid, independent
forgotten greats There should be a he would pass with flying colours.
Clark Cross
representation that might bring a
sensible resolution to the current
JOHN-PAUL Holden’s excellent and
long overdue article on Joan Eardley test for dog owners Linlithgow nonsensical debacle? Is this another
case of unshod cobblers’ weans?
(The Herald on Sunday, April 26)
should be a wake-up call for Scottish
P Davidson takes the pet – pun intended
– over my comments that dogs should The true motives of Or are we just too busy trying to
represent our clients’ interests in the
galleries to give this wonderful artist the
exposure she so richly deserves.
be on the lead at all times (Letters, April
26). His lame excuses for dogs attacking ‘damning’ report? face of ever-changing regulation?
Answers are anxiously solicited.
I would quibble slightly with Lachlan children would be amusing if it were not NOW, the Competition and Markets Michael Sheridan, solicitor
Goudie, however, when he says Eardley for the seriousness of injuries inflicted. Authority has decided to enter the Glasgow
24 03.05.20


Aye spy Scotland’s

secretive and shady
history of spooks
Neil Mackay
ONE of the many stories to fly under the
radar thanks to coronavirus was the
appointment of a Scot as director general of The Jacobite
MI5. Ken McCallum took over the Security
Service just a few weeks ago – only the second turncoat
time a Scot has led the UK’s domestic spying MEET Pickle the Spy – otherwise known as
organisation. The last Scottish MI5 chief was Alastair Ruadh MacDonnell, 13th chief of the
Sir David Petrie, director general during the Clan MacDonell of Glengarry. Here’s a man
Second World War. whose life could have jumped from the pages
They are two very different men – reflecting of an adventure yarn.
the changing nature of our spying services. As a boy, McDonnell, a Catholic, was sent
Petrie was born in Inveravon, Banffshire in to France to finish his education. While there,
1879, and studied at Aberdeen University. the Jacobite leader John Drummond, Duke of
Friends described him as a “rugged and Perth, raised the Royal-Ecossais regiment,
kindly Scot … with immense physical and made up of exiled Scots. MacDonnell was
moral strength”. commissioned a captain. In spring 1745
He started out as a colonial policeman, MacDonnell was sent back to Scotland to
serving in the Indian Imperial Police from meet Jacobite chiefs. He was eventually
1900 to 1936. Petrie ran MI5 when it was captured, though, and sent to the Tower of
being tested in the crucible of the fight against London. Not long afterwards his brother was
Nazism. He retired in 1946, ladened with killed after the Battle of Falkirk.
medals. He was recruited as a double agent by
McCallum is a middle-aged mathematician Henry Pelham, then British Prime Minister.
from Glasgow who has been at the heart of Released under the 1747 Act of Indemnity, he
some of the biggest terrorist and spying sagas was soon working as the infamous spy
of recent years. codenamed Pickle. Information from
He graduated from Glasgow University in MacDonnell helped secure the arrest and
1996 with a first class honours degree. He has execution of the Jacobite leader Archibald
been in MI5 for almost 25 years. For the first Cameron, who had escaped into exile after
10 years it was Northern Ireland which Culloden.
occupied his time, and he played a major role MacDonnell is thought to have pocketed
in the Ulster peace process. He then moved the infamous treasure of Loch Arkaig,
into countering Islamist terror, and otherwise known as the Jacobite’s Lost Gold.
specialising in cybersecurity. During the 1745 rebellion, over a million
McCallum led on counter-terror during the French and Spanish gold coins were shipped
London Olympics. He has also focused on to Scotland to assist the Jacobites. In the
fighting far-right extremism. In 2018, confusion of war, it “vanished” and Archibald
McCallum headed the MI5 investigation into Cameron was dispatched to Scotland in 1753
the poisoning of Sergei Skripal. He is also to find the money. His other mission was the
interested in how machine learning can aid assassination of George II. While on the hunt
spying. However, we know little about his for the missing gold, double agent Pickle
private life, apart from the fact he’s a dad and betrayed him, and Cameron was hanged,
likes hill climbing. drawn and quartered. Legend has it that
It is a mistake to think these two men are all MacDonnell claimed the missing loot and
Scotland has had to offer when it comes to drifted into retirement.
great spies, though. Petrie and McCallum are
just the tip of the iceberg. Scotland has a long,
dark and fascinating history of espionage. The Scot who
When it comes to spies, it’s always the
people who most fascinate. Why did they
fought the Soviets
become spooks? What did they do? So, let’s ROBERT Bruce Lockhart was a typical
start with the characters who have dominated Scottish son of the Empire. Born into a
Scottish spying over the years. prosperous Fife family of teachers, he was
Great Indoors

take root

Now we’re

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through the lockdown

26 03.05.20

Lessons in love
Unlocking hidden
skills is key to helping
others in isolation
Developing abilities and finding new interests has
helped people in lockdown. Here, Deborah Anderson
reports on a new project which could help inspire others
WITH people in lockdown having extra also grieving for Rony as it is very hard
time on their hands, we have seen a without him.
number of novel ways to keep yourself “He was such as huge supporter and
entertained. inspiration for the charity and for me it is
Some have learned a new skill or taken heartbreaking not being able to help in
up an indoor hobby, but for those stuck the ways we normally would.”
for ideas an initiative to be launched this Starchild was set up in memory of the
week might just give you some founder’s adopted brother, Frankie
inspiration. Marsh.
From learning to make the best Frankie’s parents were both Ugandan
sourdough loaf to a yoga session or and he was adopted at 13 months old.
singer-song writing masterclass, a host of Sadly he died in a house fire at the age of
talented people will come together for 27. On a visit to Uganda in 2012,
#GivingTuesday. Michaela miraculously found her
The idea is to bring various skills brother’s family.
together to pass on to people in lockdown In a country of more than 41million,
and inspire them to try something new. she said it was like finding a needle in a
Founder of Scottish charity Starchild, haystack but it was obviously meant to finding it difficult to do our work at the
Michaela Foster Marsh came up with the be. moment.
idea and she now has dozens of people Overwhelmed by the poverty she “We heard of the terrible plight of one
offering their help. Michaela visited an orphanage in witnessed, she came back to Scotland young boy at the Mango Tree School in
“We were looking to reach people in Uganda in honour of her adopted with a dream of setting up Starchild to Jinja which we work with who was
lockdown and continue to keep the work brother Frankie, above, whose parents help the most vulnerable and looking for food. He drowned trying to
or our charity in people’s minds,” said were Ugandan. He tragically died in a marginalised in Uganda. get fish from the River Nile because he
Michaela. fire when he was just 27 Since gaining charitable status in 2013, was hungry. With schools closed in
“I put out an appeal to see who could Starchild has gone on to build a school Uganda, most of these children simply do
help and very quickly I had a number of “We have a Glasgow baker, a singer- for creative arts and improve the lives of not eat.”
people get back to me. songwriter, and yoga and meditation many. Glasgow baker Justin Savage was only
“I challenged my friends to give a instructors offering to take part. It has “We have gone on to support children too happy to help out when he was
masterclass, give a concert, show us how grown very quickly in just a few days.” in Uganda through our education and contacted about the idea. He runs
you paint, draw, recite a poem, cook or Michaela hopes #GivingTuesday will feeding programmes, but we can’t do any Anniesland bakery Beefcake which has
make cocktails or any other skill or talent help people who might be struggling at of that just now as the school we work recently reopened on reduced days due to
you have hidden away or something you this time. She herself is trying to steer with has closed,” added Michaela. lockdown.
want to try. through days in lockdown and is still “We had been funding two meals a day “When you get a call from Michaela we
“It is also about telling us something grieving for her late husband, Scots actor and these are often orphaned children we always try to help out where we can and
we wouldn’t necessarily know about the Rony Bridges. are helping. we also sponsor a child through the
person – they could lead a meditation or She said: “It is a very hard time for “For £14 a year you can feed one child Starchild project,” said Justin.
prayer, anything they feel connected to. people. I am finding it difficult and I am a day, but like many charities we are “We were closed initially but have been
We are asking them to do a short video of able to open back up but are just
a lesson or class and post it on social operating on a Friday, Saturday, and
media – and highlight they are doing it in Sunday.
support of our charity. If people like it One boy drowned trying to get fish from “We have seen our handmade loaves
they can donate. fly out the door. I think people want
“It doesn’t matter what it is really. the River Nile because he was hungry. something comforting at this time.
There are so many people out there with
skills who could share them with people
With schools closed in Uganda, most of “We are known for our sourdough and
I suspect I will do a video on bread-
in lockdown. these children simply do not eat making, but given the time we have it

Left: Michaela might have to adapt. It would be a “I am paid by donation at the moment
Foster Marsh challenge for people to try if they and I have been asking to people to
has teamed up wanted. donate to a charity that is able to help
with Beefcake “A lot of people want to have a go at people in lockdown, whether to a
in Anniesland making their own bread so this might be homeless charity or food charity.
for her latest a good way to try it.” “When Michaela told me what she
fundraising West end yoga teacher was planning I thought I could help
venture. She is Penelope Stewart has out. It might be a short
pictured with already been reaching a introduction to yoga.
owners Justin new audience in “People seem to be looking
and Catriona lockdown as she has for something to relax them
Savage. Above: started a class on during lockdown and I
Starchild Zoom but think with yoga you can
School in #GivingTuesday do that.
Uganda will give her a new “The lovely thing about
opportunity to our Zoom classes is that it
Main reach more people. is a way of connecting with
photograph: Penelope, pictured people and we have become
Colin Mearns right, who set up a little community since
YogaMakes MyDay, lockdown.”
said: “I run a garden
studio and only have about To find out more or donate go to www.
eight people in my class, but on or https://www.
lockdown I have been running them
online and have had 20 to 40 people Shineyourlightongivingtuesday or click
joining in. on the Facebook page

Lockdown reading her: beautiful, ambitious and firmly middle-of-the-road. It is an


Three of the latest books

clever. However, when her enjoyable read, if not exactly
youngest daughter scores lower memorable. 6/10
than expected on a state-
to get you though isolation
brings us
mandated test and is taken away, The Glass Hotel by Emily St
his debut
Elena intentionally fails her own Mandel is published by
test to go with her. There she Picador, available via ebook,
Come Again by Robert Webb flutterings of first love, the discovers the priced £8.99. Out April 30
is published in hardback by madness of Freshers’ Week, the Christina Emily St Mandel’s breathtaking
Canongate, priced £16.99 hopes and dreams of the Dalcher’s Q 2014 novel, Station Eleven -
(ebook £7.12). Available now students. It’s a story about a falls flat as which focused on a flu-like
FOLLOWING his excellent woman having to return to the the novel pandemic and the social collapse
memoir How Not To Be A Boy, past to learn to re-engage with the races to it triggers - proved eerily
writer and comedian Robert present and to integrate her loss It may be a poignant tale of love, the prescient. The Glass Hotel
Webb brings us his debut novel, a with the hope of the future. A grief and memory, but there are conclusion doesn’t have quite the same
wistful and at times wacky time- sharply comedic subplot involving plenty of zany shenanigans to layers of grip and
travelling novel in which a widow, Kate’s job in the present day in lighten the mood. 8/10 intrigue. It has the
Kate, whose husband has died online reputation management, bones for a clever
from a brain tumour, wakes one wiping dodgy backgrounds and Q by Christina Dalcher is plot, but a
day to find herself back in unsavoury dealings of her clients published in hardback by darker side of hollowness
university in 1992, where they from the internet, ramps up the HarperCollins, priced £12.99 a society that constantly seeks pervades the
met, and sets about trying to madcap action as the book (ebook £5.99). Out April 30 perfection. This book feels full of story. 6/10
change the future. becomes crazier and more Elena Fairchild is a teacher at a potential in the opening chapters Em
Webb captures the spirit of chaotic, bringing in Russian new elite school, and on the but somehow falls flat as it races Mandel’sily St
those early university days with gangsters, karate experts, a car surface has a perfect life, with to a hasty conclusion. In terms of book se ew
warmth and humour, the chase and a good old punch-up. daughters who are exactly like dystopian novels, this one feels ems
28 03.05.20

Lock and learn

Kids still relish routine
in the ‘new normal’
Old habits should die hard and that alarm still needs
to go on during lockdown, says Jenny Stallard
FROM the commute or school run, to
lunch breaks and “home time” or the
gym, our days are normally governed by
But in lockdown, everything’s changed,
and rather than relying on train
timetables or school bells to keep our
routine in check, we are left to our own
devices. And it can be easy to let things
slip. However, routine is hugely
important, not just to get tasks
completed, but for our wellbeing – and
that of those we live with, too.
Louise Goss, founder of The
Homeworker Magazine, an online and
print publication focusing on all the
aspects of working from home, advises:
“The importance of a routine right now is
stronger than ever. While a routine allows
you to develop good, healthy habits, it
also provides a sense of safety.
“At a time when the outside world can would – with home-schooling, Although there is now far less
appear quite daunting, and there is so entertaining, mealtimes and looking after socialising and travel, we are incredibly
much uncertainty around, those morning the home,” she says. busy due to extra work commitments
rituals can keep us feeling secure and “It’s therefore more important than and the added stress of family duties
with a sense of normality.” ever to be organised and add structure to
It’s harder to cross things off the “to the day, otherwise everything piles up
do” list, adds Goss. “When your daily and everyone ends up in tears. demands a bit more thought into creating Courtenay-Smith, who is running daily
routine is completely changed, it is easy “Children also are used to having a routine, because you don’t have the Facebook sessions for parents and kids at
to drift, achieve very little and struggle to structure to their day, in terms of times of visual cues around the office that signal 2pm, which can give you a good routine
find some structure,” she says. classes and break times, and are not used it’s time to shut down, stop work or take a peg for your day, says: “In his teachings of
“If your routine usually involves to occupying themselves for hours on end break. Doing things such as timetabling the six human needs, motivational
waking at a certain time, listening to a without it. While some of our usual in break times, even setting an alarm to speaker and author Tony Robbins talks
particular radio station, leaving the house busyness has been taken away due to less remind you to stop work or scheduling a about how one of our strongest needs is
for a daily commute, it’s useful to keep socialising and travel, we are incredibly final ‘end of day’ meeting or chat that for certainty – which is knowing what is
those things in place while you establish busy, due to the combination of the wraps up your working day, can be going to happen and devising a plan for
a new structure, and adapt to these new above.” helpful. achievement.
working norms,” adds Goss. “Even Goss adds: “A routine is often praised “If you can, keeping the weekends free “Certainty can be thought of on a
getting out and using your daily exercise for being beneficial for productivity and for family and leisure time also helps you grand scale, such as a plan for the next 10
as a form of commute can help you while that is true, right now, it’s not to be tempted to keep working, which years of our lives, or a micro scale – what
return home, ready to start in ‘work important to think of it as a good way to is easily done. It helps everybody to have to expect from the day ahead.
mode’.” lower stress levels, and keep you happier a break and have boundaries between “To put it simply, people don’t usually
Serial entrepreneur and mother-of-two and healthier too. Working from home work life and home life.” like surprises, and even if we like a
Natasha Courtenay-Smith has launched surprise, it can still derail what we see as
free Zoom business classes for children our certainty – our internal plan that we
aged seven to 12 called Bolt Biz Kids, and were going to be doing A, B and C.
adds that we are, in many ways, busier Children are used to having structure to “That’s why unexpected things, such as
than before, even though a lot of our having to take the cat to the vet or getting
activities and tasks aren’t happening. their day, in terms of times of classes and stuck in traffic pre-lockdown, would add
“Most people who are working and
have children at home are trying to get
break times, and are not used to so much stress, because it throws our
certainty out of the window.”
more done in a day than they usually occupying themselves for hours on end Give your family and children a degree

Physical health
Bring your family together to
stay fit and healthy in lockdown

Jo Pavey exercising with children Jacob, 10, and Emily, six. Photo: Gavin Pavey

WITH schools closed and families make it fun – you need exercise to be
living in lockdown, keeping kids a positive experience, rather than
entertained and active is proving tricky something you’re pushing them to do,”
for lots of parents. she says.
Long distance runner Jo Pavey “If you can get out for a walk [staying
herself has two children, Jacob, 10, locally and adhering to social
and Emily, six, so she knows the distancing guidelines, of course]
challenge well. The 46-year-old says maybe encourage them to run a bit
keeping them active has huge benefits with you. I think they would have fun
though and she’s on a mission to help trying to run a bit with their parents –
other families stay fit and healthy maybe pick out landmarks and see if
during the pandemic. you can run to the next lamppost or
Children are Pavey famously won the 10,000 the next tree. My son Jacob has been
used to metre gold medal at the 2014 doing short runs with me, we don’t
having European Championships just ten keep running continuously, we’ll stop
structure to months after giving birth to her and have a chat.”

their day and daughter – making her the
are not used oldest female European Set an example
to occupying champion in history at “As a parent it’s a
themselves the age of 40 – and challenging time,
for hours on she’s not done yet. but being active
end without Pavey is aiming for yourself as a parent,
it, so make Tokyo 2021, her sixth you get the
the extra Games (a feat only opportunity to be a
effort and achieved by one other good role model to
indulge their British athlete), when your children, by
imaginations she’ll be fast keeping fit yourself and
approaching her 48th also by engaging with
birthday. your children.
But you don’t have to be an “Show how much you enjoy
Olympian to get your kids off the it,” she says. “I for one, want to
sofa. Here’s her advice. improve my agility and hope in the

future to keep competing so having
Do it as a family these kid-type activities and playing
Pavey has teemed up with Fit For games in the garden, it helps to make
Sport to launch the “Activity me feel young again, which definitely
Challenge” – it’s 10 minutes of helps at this stage in my career.”

exercise at 10am every Monday. There
are three exercises – star jumps, Do it for their mental health
bouncing and catching a ball and “I notice how [the kids] feel
six-metre shuttle runs – and how long happier, they enjoy that it gives
you do each for is dependant on your them a bit of a buzz and even with the
children’s ages. Scores can be pressures we all have now of trying to
recorded on the website and you’re homeschool, it definitely makes it
awarded a bronze, silver or gold for easier for them to concentrate,” Pavey
of certainty by sticking to a routine, says routines while at school and work. Many your efforts. says.

Courtenay-Smith. people are saying that ‘every day is the same’ “I feel like they’re more ready [to do
“For example, saying between 9am and and the weekend just blends into every other Make it fun school work] when they’ve been out
11am we do school work, and at 1pm we have day. “Because we’re not able to do and done some activity. It gives them a
lunch,” she says. “It’s true we don’t have our usual options some of the activities we’d boost, you can tell it keeps them
“If this then repeats as a routine, family to travel, see friends and places at the normally do as family, we’ve enjoyed feeling better about themselves and
members know what to expect at what time, weekend, but if the weekdays operate around finding new ideas. You have to try and feeling good.”
and everyone relaxes. Although it’s not a clear routine, then weekends will feel freer,”
written down, most of us operate to such adds Courtenay-Smith.
30 03.05.20

True taste of Italy

Make Eusebi’s finest
comfort food at home
In the last in her series Giovanna Eusebi shares some of
her new creations and urges people to get cooking to
keep family bonds strong, writes Deborah Anderson
LEARNING from the hands of her now, in the final week of the series, she
grandmother in Italy, it was perhaps has come up with a surprising challenge
always going to be Giovanna Eusebi’s – cheesemaking.
destiny that she would go on to create “Ricotta made with the season’s first
culinary masterpieces of her own one sweet milk would herald the beginning of
day. spring in my grandmother’s kitchen in
Enjoying a simpler time making fresh Italy,” said Giovanna.
ricotta cheese with her nonna is one of “I can remember her making the
the childhood memories that has stayed ricotta and I would be shelling broad
with Giovanna, who runs Glasgow family beans. They were only in season for a few
deli and restaurant, Eusebi’s. weeks, but I would eat so many of them.
And as lockdown during the In the summertime it was strawberries
coronavirus outbreak has seen many of we would tuck into. With my
us slow our hectic lives down, Giovanna grandmother cooking was very seasonal.
has taken the chance to take her cooking I think that might be a positive we see out
back to basics in the hope of inspiring of this situation. We might not be able to
others to have a go. fly in the same things we have before, so
She has shared family feast ideas and Giovanna’s nonna, Maria, was the we might end up having to be more
Eusebi’s tiramisu recipes with us and inspiration for the food she creates sustainable with what we have here.”

Thirst to create?

How to make the perfect Allow David

Howie, bar
Step 7 - Salt Rim
With your other half lime husk,

lockdown DIY margarita training

manager for
venues such
cut it in half again so you are
left with 2 quarter limes which
have been juiced. With one
as Scotts in quarter, holding it skin side, run
WHILE lockdown has seen Step 1 - Gather Your Troon and the lime round the rim of the
some people turn to DIY, it Ingredients Vic’s & The glass so that juice residue
doesn’t all have to be on the In addition to above you will Vine in costs the top. Discard this lime
home or garden. also need a chopping board, a Prestwick, in the compost or food bin.
Cocktail expert David Howie, sharp knife and a wet cloth (to teach you Sprinkle salt around the rim so
who is bar training manager for clean up any mess so the how to make it sticks to the juice. Try to not
pub and restaurant chain people you are co-isolating with a classic get it inside the glass itself!
Buzzworks which has several don’t get angry!) margarita
sites including Scotts in Troon Step 8 - Shake, Shake,
and South Queensferry and Step 2 - Make Sugar Syrup Shake
Vic’s & The Vine in Prestwick, Fill a cup half way up with Add ice to your shaker and seal
says why not have a go with a Caster Sugar (regular it. Shake vigorously for 10
classic margarita? Granulated works too). Add in seconds. Experts agree that
half the volume of sugar worth posting your Shake to
HOWIE’S HOMEMADE of boiling water. Stir down with Instagram improves the flavour
MARGARITAS a spoon until all sugar has of the cocktail and shows all
dissolved. your friends how good you are.
What you need: Leave to cool. Once cool Step 4 - Add Lime Step 5 - Add Tequila
Bottle of 100% Agave Tequila then you can cover in cling film Cut your lime(s) in half Pour 4 bottle tops (around 37.5- Step 9 - Pour
1 Lime per drink to keep it for lots of cocktails, carefully, keeping fingers away 50ml) of 100% Agave Tequila Take the top off the shaker and
Caster Sugar or you can transfer into a bottle from the blade. into your shaker. pour the mixture into your
Boiling Water for later. Squeeze both halves of the rimmed glass, including the ice
Orange Liqueur/Triple Sec/ lime istraight into the top of the Step 6 - Add Orange and lime husk. If you didn’t add
Orange Peel Step 3 - Add Sugar Syrup shaker. Add 1 bottle cap of quality the husk into the shaker, you
Cocktail Shaker We are now going to use your For additional flavour, drop Triple Sec or Orange Liqueur. If can garnish with your
Bottle Top (Wine Bottle too wine bottle top as a measure! one half husk into the shaker, in you don’t have these, cut an remaining quarter lime husk.
works fine) Pour 1 cap full of sugar syrup order to get the essential oils orange peel and squeeze the
Ice into your shaker. This should from the skin to infuse into the essential oils into the shaker for Step 10 - Drink it
Salt be about 12.5-15ml. drink. a fantastic, fresh aroma. You know what to do!

Ricotta made with the

season’s first sweet
milk would herald the
beginning of spring in
my grandmother’s
kitchen in Italy

Don’t throw away the whey. The

reserved liquid can be used in a risotto,
to cook pasta in, or making pizza/bread
Enjoy your cheese on its own, with
honey, or in a pasta.

Serving suggestion
Serve with a drizzle of organic honey,
finely chopped rosemary and warm bread
Eusebi of MALFATTI
Eusebi deli Serves 2
and Malfatti literally means “misshapen”.
restaurant in These dumplings are easy to make and
Glasgow great for slipping in greens to your family’s
diet. Once you have made your ricotta you
Photograph: can try it in this recipe or alternatively use
Kirsty bought ricotta. The fresh spinach can be
Anderson substituted for tinned or frozen.
Remember the cooked spinach amount
yields half (250g) .

Giovanna has been baking her own Ingredients

bread at home and thinks people might For the Malfatti
want to be a bit more relaxed in trying to 250g of ricotta, drained overnight in a
make things from scratch. sieve lined with muslin cloth
“Scotland has got amazing cheeses and 500g of fresh spinach
it is a massive craft, but it can be also be 1 egg
done from our own kitchen. 50g of flour
“With life slowing down for some of us, 70g of freshly grated Parmesan
I wanted to share a simple recipe which is 1 pinch of nutmeg
a great starting point to cheesemaking. It Salt
is easy to do and its flavour is
unbeatable.” For the Sage Butter
Now six weeks into lockdown, 50g butter
Giovanna says she is missing the buzz of 6 sage leaves
the busy restaurant and the joy of
bringing people together. While the deli Prepare the spinach. Wilt the spinach
had to close its doors at the end of March, down with a splash of water and a pinch
she has still been busy cooking and has of salt. Transfer to a sieve and allow to
been supplying around 100 meals a week cool
to the Glasgow Kindness project which Once cool, squeeze out as much
has been helping to feed the city’s water as you can from the spinach, then
homeless community. finely chop
“We work in an industry very much Above, try out HOMEMADE RICOTTA forming. If you notice it doesn’t curdle Place the ricotta in a mixing bowl with
focused on people. You open the door of our recipe for Makes approx 200g drained cheese. very much put it back gently on the heat the rest of the ingredients and mix well
the place and there it is in all its glorious Eusebi’s Photo credit: Gerardo Jaconelli and add a little more lemon juice a until everything is evenly incorporated
technicolour, the cappuccino machine is delicious 2 litre of full fat milk teaspoon at a time. The ricotta is now Roll the mixture into 2cm balls using
on the go and there is all the noise with homemade 200ml of single cream ready to drain. your hands. Place on a tray dusted with
people coming in and out,” added ricotta. 60 ml of freshly squeezed lemon juice Carefully scoop out the curds using flour until ready to use
Giovanna. “I really miss all of that and Right, malfatti is 2 teaspoon of salt a slotted spoon into baskets or Muslin/ To Cook the Malfatti. Bring a pan of
the social interaction. As a staff team, we a tasty treat for Small cheesebaskets or Muslin/tea towel tea towel lined colander or drain into salted water to the boil. Drop the
have been trying to keep connected and anyt ime of the lined colander cheese baskets for a further 15 dumplings in. When they rise to the
held a Zoom quiz night on Friday. day. minutes. If using a cloth, wrap around surface they are ready. Drain.
“I am looking forward to a time when Put the milk and cream in a heavy the curds and squeeze gently to remove To finish the dish. Melt the butter in a
we can perhaps open the deli side of the Photograph: based pan. Heat very slowly. more liquid until you reach the desired large frying pan over high heat until it
business and focus on the takeaway and Gerardo Bring to a temperature of 80C do not consistency. starts to foam (30 seconds). Add sage
delivery side for a while. It would all be Jaconelli exceed 90C, basically until it is just The cheese can be eaten straight and cook until crisp and butter just starts
done behind closed doors and I think we simmering. away or stored in an airtight container in to turn golden (1-2 minutes).
will have to be able to change how we do Add the salt and lemon juice the fridge. Use within three days. For a To Serve. Divide malfatti among warm
things, but it would be great to be able to Remove the pan from the heat and firmer ricotta used in the recipes here, bowls. Top with burnt butter, sage and
be cooking up our homemade pastas leave for 10 minutes. it’s ideal to store it in the fridge Parmigiano-Reggiano and serve
again for customers.” You will start to see the soft curds overnight. immediately.
32 03.05.20

Virtually perfect
Scots gardeners show
off the reel deal online
Forget lockdown and click on some
wonderful video tours where everything
in the garden is rosy, advises Sandra Dick
THE camerawork can sometimes be a tad
shaky, there may well be occasional
interruptions from the cat and the
commentary might be a little bit
But, having been denied the chance to
show off their gardens for public viewing
this spring, some of Scotland’s best
amateur gardeners have laid down their
trowels and discovered new skills as
filmmakers to showcase the dazzling
fruits of their labour for us all to enjoy at
Using rarely touched cameras, carefully
picking their way down their garden
steps, tiptoeing across immaculate lawns
and zooming in to show off delicate
blooms, gardeners across Scotland have
created homemade versions of In Stirling, Stephen Kelly’s short film shows how he has covered the back garden
Gardeners’ World. of his home in a typical modern estate with hundreds of jewel-coloured tulips.
As a result, their delightful short films
are providing a peek at normally hidden and all – crying out for plants but not sure viewers around their 30ft x 120ft garden
blossoming back gardens, giving locked where to start. which is crammed with around 610
down viewers with nothing else to do but “Since 1931, our charity has been different plants, 200 containers and pots,
wonder what to do with their own successfully running open days every and 30 hanging baskets.
backyard much-needed real-life single year, even during the Second Or, on a completely different level, the
inspiration. World War, but this stopped in March stunning garden at Shepherd House in
The private gardens captured on film this year,” says Terrill Dobson, the Inveresk, East Lothian.
by proud owners are among hundreds director of Scotland’s Gardens Scheme. Filmed by its owner, artist Lady Ann
which had been due to throw open their “And even though the gardens are Fraser, viewers are taken on a leisurely camera,” says Chris. “We’ve made two
gates to the public this spring and looking splendid and people are seeking stroll past calming water features, films, and now we’re being asked to make
summer under Scotland’s Garden solace in gardening, our garden openers sculptures, vibrant flowers spilling over more because people want to see what
Scheme. will not be able to welcome visitors for borders, clinging to arches and lining happens next in the garden.
Normally the event is a chance for the foreseeable future.” paths. “Sometimes I can’t even see what I’m
visitors to wander by dazzling floral The scheme’s call for videos has seen Some gardeners taking part in what’s taking a picture of because the sun is in
displays, water features, fruit and new videos arriving almost daily. been dubbed the “virtual garden” my eyes, so I’m pointing the camera and
vegetable patches, and lovingly tended “Garden openers genuinely want to scheme, have revealed expected talent as hoping for the best.”
shrubs in return for a charity donation. share what’s happening in their gardens filmmakers, offering running In Stirling, Stephen Kelly’s short film
Lockdown, however, has meant the while hoping to support the charities that commentaries of garden design, plant shows how he has covered the back
scheme, which has run every year since now need it even more than ever. We ask choices and gardening tips. garden of his home in a typical modern
1931, had to be cancelled. people who would have come to the In the case of Chris and Jerry Gregson estate with hundreds of jewel-coloured
Faced with hundreds of gardens at gardens to watch the videos and consider of Greenbank Crescent in Edinburgh, tulips. Standing tall in pots, borders and
their blooming best with no-one but their a donation.” filming involved negotiating steep steps beds, they create dazzling splashes of
owners to enjoy them, the organisers of Of course, few watching may feel they and trying to avoid camera shake while colour and earned his home the name the
the scheme suggested gardeners might can instantly achieve the heights of David chatting about how they’ve created Tulip House.
head outside with mobile phones to Gallacher and Tom Williamson from terraces of colour. Best of all for would-be gardeners
capture their gardens now and in the Bonnyrigg. Their short video takes “We had to learn how to use the feeling overwhelmed by the thought of
weeks to come, both to keep the how to create their own floral
fundraising going and to bring nature’s extravaganza, he points out how simple
glory to viewers stuck indoors. they are to grow. “If you’ve got some pots,
Now the first efforts have been Delightful short films are providing a fill them with soil, stick in some bulbs
uploaded, each offering a charming and you’re pretty much guaranteed to
insight to the loving care green-fingered peek at normally hidden blossoming succeed.”
owners have poured into their outdoor
space as well as inspiration for anyone
back gardens, giving locked down Meanwhile, Jean Knox filmed her
garden in Hunter’s Tryst, Edinburgh,
with a typical back garden – wheelie bins viewers much-needed inspiration despite the efforts of her black and white

Blooming marvellous

Take a virtual tour

from the comfort of
your living room ...

Humbie Dean by Frank Kirwan

Left, from
Greenbank Hunter's Tryst by Jean Knox
and Jerry
Below, Terrill
Dobson in
her stunning

cat, Tosh, to photobomb her efforts. “He

likes to be with people, and if I don’t
engage with him, he’ll just plant himself
on the ground and roll over,” she says.
For would-be gardeners currently
contemplating their own wilderness, she
confesses that her immaculate garden, Parkvilla by Andy Leonard
with its herbaceous and shrub beds, fruit,
water features and seating areas, was once
in chaos too.
“Everything in it now, I have done from
scratch,” she adds. “I suggest people start
with a masterplan and try to create their
garden around what they want to use it
For gardeners yet to find their green
fingers, there is some comfort: “I’ve
wasted a fortune over the years and I still
make random purchases from the garden
centre,” she adds.
“It often comes down to finding a place
where a plant is happy and leaving it

„ To watch the amazing videos, visit Shepherd House by Ann Fraser

Scotland’s Gardens Scheme at
34 03.05.20

Count on us
Keep finances
healthy in
There’s lots you can do to make
managing money easier without
having to leave your home
SOCIAL distancing measures have voucher sent by text, email or post to a
changed our lives in many ways, customer who can share it with a trusted
including how we complete everyday person to withdraw cash. And Fast Pace
financial tasks. – a service allowing a customer to
And while you may need to approach arrange for a trusted person to collect a
some money-related matters differently, cheque from them, cash it at a Post
who knows – some of the alternative Office and return with the money.
options now available may turn out to be Payout Now involves sending a
simpler to use, or get the job done more barcode voucher to the customer which
quickly than your usual habits. can be exchanged for cash in any Post
With that in mind, here are some Office branch. And the Fast Pace
potential workarounds for getting scheme means customers can name a
money-related tasks done during trusted person, such as carer or family
lockdown ... member, to cash a pre-authorised cheque
on their behalf at a Post Office branch.

Thinking caps on for new

Need information from your Your bank or building society may
bank or want to pay in a cheque? have its own initiatives to help
Try going online first. vulnerable people access their money, so
WITH many banks operating limited
branch opening hours, and the helplines
of many financial firms extremely busy,
look for details.

New parent? You could still claim

lockdown virtual quiz craze
you may find you have a better chance of child benefit
finding answers quickly by visiting your RULES around claiming child benefit By Sandra Dick customised version of their own.
firm’s website. have been relaxed, so that parents of Kat MacBride, digital
Banks have put lots of information, newborns can still claim even if they’ve FOR 10 points, how many quizzes can a communications manager at Tennent’s,
including forms, online so that people been unable to register their child’s nation in lockdown get through before said: “With people unable to see friends
whose finances have been affected by birth. they know all the answers to absolutely and family in person, virtual catch-ups
coronavirus can access help, such as First-time parents will need to fill in a everything? And, for another 10 points, have made a big difference these past
mortgage payment holidays and interest- claim form ( can they handle yet another quiz? couple of months. A lot of planning goes
free overdraft buffers. If you need to find publications/ According to Google Trends, it would into creating a quiz and after six weeks it
out more, you may also be able to use child-benefit-claim-form-ch2). appear that, indeed, they can. can be difficult to find new questions, so
your providers’ web chat services. And, If parents already claim child benefit, Searches for pub quiz questions in the we wanted to take the hard work out of
depending who you bank with, you may they can complete the form or add their UK have soared by 710% since hosting.”
also find you can pay in cheques using newborn’s details by phoning up with lockdown began, suggesting that as well There’s certainly been no shortage of
your bank’s mobile banking app, rather their national insurance or child benefit as eating and drinking everything in the quarantine quizzes to keep players
than needing to go to a branch. number. house and fretting over our hair, we’re occupied since lockdown kicked off.
For example, HSBC UK says it has all in the grip of quiz fever. For fans missing their football fix and
seen the number of cheques being Thinking of moving home? Try a With pubs shut and not much else to not entertained enough by the debates
deposited digitally increase by 30% virtual viewing do, families and friends have been over how the Scottish Premiership might
during the coronavirus lockdown. WHILE you may not be able to putting their thinking caps on to test conclude, there are countless football
Customers can pay in cheques by taking physically go house-hunting, there’s a lot each other’s knowledge and gain vital quizzes hosted by clubs on Facebook,
a picture using the HSBC UK mobile of research you can do to help separate bragging rights over who is the smartest. while for live music addicts facing
banking app. the “maybe” properties on your list of Now, with six weeks gone and quiz months without a show, promoter Gigs
potential new homes from the duds. questions potentially running drier than in Scotland runs a weekly Nae Pub Quiz
Need some cash but can’t get to Website Rightmove says some homes a barmaid’s apron during quarantine, hosted by Andy Dunlop on its Facebook
your high street? An ask-a-friend for sale or rent have pre-recorded videos lager giant Tennent’s has stepped in with page.
scheme could help available for people to view online. PinTless, a free online service which He also hosts a weekly Beat the
ANYONE who is self-isolating or Sellers are being guided by their estate enables users to create their own pub Beatson quiz for theBeatson Cancer
shielding at home may find it easier to agents, who can’t visit, to record their quiz from home. Charity featuring an expert scientist or
access cash remotely, thanks to some own videos using high-quality cameras Instantly removing the need for professor for players to beat.
innovations from the Post Office. It has on mobile phones. And for those whose quizmasters to spend hours slaving over Jackie Mitchell, a member of
made two of its products available to all homes aren’t yet on the market, Wikipedia, it offers access to a regularly Linlithgow Board Game Club, writes
UK banks, building societies and credit Rightmove says some agents with good updated bank of questions covering the club’s quizzes for adults and
unions. Customers will need to contact knowledge of the local area are also seven different themes including general children. Lockdown has meant club
their financial institution to see if they using live stream video to offer virtual knowledge, music and sport. meetings have moved online, and the
offer these products. valuations to prospective sellers, in All quizmasters have to do is either pressure is on to constantly find new,
The products are Payout Now – a preparation for future marketing. pick a ready-made quiz or create a challenging questions.

Cancer, blood tests and

stomach jabs ... but I have
a lot to be thankful for
SECONDS, minutes, hours, days … weeks
even. Who’s counting?
Counting things is what solitary confinement
prisoners John McCarthy and Terry Waite did
… covertly scratching a line on the bed post or
wall to mark each passing day.
It’s a way of keeping a hold on things – an
anchor, a reality, a sanity hook.
And if so, then I have no worries. Walls
As I write “Between These Four Walls” I
wonder how many walls I am actually Diary of a man in lockdown
between. By Ally McLaws
L-shape living room – so start with six then.
Bedrooms and “wee rooms”, tiny wee front
hall walls but they still count.
Stair hall – right-hand side wall has three
corners so is that one wall with bends or is Counting the benefits
that three? I opt for three. I am taking this Not too long ago I counted up how much I’d
seriously. save by not driving my car to town and using
I have 41 walls. If I truly only had four, I’d be my new free bus pass. This hill of beans
in serious trouble and scratching lines into the remained small but the joy it brought me to
side of my laptop. travel free was worth its weight in gold.
For now, the buses are out for me – I don’t
Counting on a lot go out!
After all, tomorrow is day 50 between these 41 My health condition – not so good at
walls (apart from three half-day trips to breathing after lung surgery and ongoing
hospital for chemotherapy and cancer treatment – does, however, qualify me
immunotherapy) … the most recent of which for a blue badge to park closer to the
was on Tuesday and nearly didn’t take place supermarket door or ground floor of the
because my white blood cell count was shopping centre multi-storey … problem is
getting towards dangerously low levels. they’re no use to me either.
The days of The white cells measure my immunity to Even the normally sardine-tin packed
pub quizzes infection and have dropped from 5.5 to 2.2 hospital car parks that are more akin to a
with friends and now 1.7 – with 1.5 being the lowest safe packet of Walkers crisps (two-thirds empty)
are over for limit for continuing my chemotherapy when I go for treatment nowadays.
the forseeable treatment.
future – but I recently counted my daily steps taken – No-one counted to 60
the rise of not a lot. There are always exceptions and on Tuesday
virtual quizzes The Herald on Sunday subeditors want me the chemo ward of Crosshouse Hospital fell
means no-one to count the words of this column before silent as staff and patients remembered and
has to miss out sending it up the line for their expert attention respected their NHS colleagues who lost their
and polishing. lives trying to save others.
Trivia apart, I truly do count on the love of It was Tuesday, April 28, at 11am and 60
my wife Laura so incredibly much and for so seconds had been allotted for this poignant
much. moment of remembrance and respect.
I count on her devotion and patience and It probably lasted for nearly three minutes.
attention, and for her ability to count the Such was the intensity of the moment
dozens of pills I have to take at specific times created by the huddle of nursing staff in the
of the day. centre of the room and the tangible emotional
I count on her phoning the pharmacy when silence.
things start to run out – such as the blood- There was a tear falling from the face of the
“Everyone has a touch of cabin fever “There are only two tricky parts – thinning injections into my stomach every nurse who just moments before had put an
at the moment, and we are all missing making it tough enough for those who night or the mouthwash for the chemo- intravenous line into the back of my hand and
our usual social get togethers,” she said. love quizzes, and making it easy enough inspired ulcers or pills and cream for spots given me a reassuring smile.
“Virtual quizzes are the next best so people aren’t demoralised. Oh, and and skin rashes. I was privileged to be part of this. We are all
thing – a bit of a laugh, something the stepping out from your own comfort I’ve counted on her countenance for years in this together. We are all counting on each
whole family can join in with and it zone as quizmaster and making sure but none count as much as right now. other.
really doesn’t matter if you don’t know you pick rounds from a host of genres.” I often think of the poor souls who are going Counting on each other to care, to cry, to do
the answers, it’s your mates and they And one of her favourite recent through all this when much older and more the right thing. To empathise, to sympathise, to
don’t mind.” questions? “Helle Thorning-Schmidt is confused than me – and without the help of a be strong.
She creates a children’s quiz which the former prime minister of Denmark. trained nurse as a wife and companion by That one minute was not 60 seconds – it
begins with an “against the clock” Who is her famous father-in-law?” their side. was a huge moment in time that I will never
scavenger hunt and then rounds of Platforms such as Zoom and I’ve said it before … I have a lot to be forget.
questions suitable for primary school to Houseparty have made it easier to play thankful for. One that really counted.
early teens. And for the adults, there are live whether for fun or for hard cash –
five rounds of questions from general for charity, of course. Ally McLaws is founder and MD of the McLaws Consultancy specialists in reputation
knowledge through to music, Scottish Quiz questions may be on everyone’s
politics, art, literature and current mind but there is, however, one enhancement and protection. Among his clients is the UK’s influential Association of
affairs. question that even the brightest player British Credit Unions where he operates as their external strategic adviser.
“I’ve loved setting the questions and
people seem to love doing them – we
will struggle to answer.
Just when is all this going to end?
might well keep it up once lockdown is a
happily distant memory. „ Go online at

TV review Love, coppers and Britt


Ekland make the world go round


ACE it – we are going
nowhere. Even if
we had a particular
place to venture the
regulations would
Ian Wright is on Five Live not permit. For the foreseeable
we shall have to contract out
THE thing I miss most on radio our travelling to others. On the
during the pandemic is football. upside, no airport hassle. On the
I can’t lie. Champions League downside, no giant Toblerone.
nights, particularly, but any First stop on our trip, Paul
commentary preferably not Hollywood Eats Japan (Channel
involving the team I support 4, Tuesday). Bit of a cheeky title.
(too stressful in the new I know the Great British Bake
Mourinho era of my club of Off host has been putting on the
choice). beef lately – he now has eyes like
The distorted roar of the Paul Newman and the tummy of
crowd, the unknowability of Pooh bear – but I don’t think he
what is going on, the voice of could eat a whole country. Well,
Conor McNamara; I yearn for maybe Belgium.
them all. In this strange new But then the whole tone of the
world we are just left with talking show was irreverent. Rebecca
about football. On Radio Front (The Thick of It) led
Scotland whole days are given from the front with a narration
over to it. Maybe filling all that that was nicely sarky, while
airtime explains why the DUP’s Hollywood supplied the down to
Gregory Campbell was on earth, it’s mad here innit, what
Sportsound last weekend. are they like, Scouser stuff.
I’m more likely to tune into It was his first time in Japan shows to see our hosts enjoying Marc Warren takes of maverick cops, so why they
Five Live for the Monday Night and he was given various local themselves non-stop. A little aim at an Amsterdam had to dig one up from the past
Club, where Ian Wright, above, guides to ease him through. suffering on their part is only wrong ‘un in Van der was the first mystery to ponder.
continues his post-Desert He picked up some top tips, good manners. The trailer for Valk; first love strikes But hey-ho, here was Marc
Island Discs reinvention as the including not pointing with next week shows him shrieking on the west coast Warren taking the place of Barry
Gooner it’s okay to like. This chopsticks (rude), not eating on about something tasting awful, of Ireland in Normal Foster as Commissaris Piet Van
week he pointed out that talking the street (ditto) and not buying so hang in there. People, starring Daisy der Valk.
about the return of football is fruit in one of Tokyo’s fancy food Everybody back on the Edgar-Jones and Paul About all this “commissaris”
meaningless without a vaccine. shops (£230 for a melon). coach again, we’re heading to Mescal as Marianne and “Piet” business. As in the
Journalist Rory Smith went As the voiceover never tired Amsterdam and Van der Valk and Connell original show, all the actors
further. If there is no vaccine, he of telling us, Tokyo is home (STV, Sunday). No, I don’t were English and had kept
pointed out, that means “no to more Michelin stars than know why we are taking such their accents. Very odd. I know
more football, no more sport.” any other city in the world. a circuitous route, and yes, the we are supposed to be terribly
In that case all that’s left will Hollywood duly pronounced toilet is out of order. cool about casting, any actor
be interviews with sports stars every dish “stunning”, which This reboot of the Seventies can play any role and all that,
from a previous era. Not a became boring after a while. crime drama was a rum do. but it was a distraction. Idris
problem if they are all like Colin We don’t watch celebrity travel Current television is hardly short Elba and Dominic West did not
Murray’s Five Live chat with
snooker player and now synth
player (yes, really) Steve Davis
on Sunday.
Davis was never as “boring”
as his reputation. Here, he
Kindness and warm hearts is the
came across as honest and NOW more than ever we need star Esther Smith in the roles he says. “It’s about people
drily witty. For the first televised to see kindness on TV, insists of Jason and Nikki, a thirty- being good to each other, and a
147 clearance, he was given a Rafe Spall. The actor is talking something couple desperate for lot of shows that are on at the
Lada. “At the time,” he noted, “I about Trying, a comedy drama a baby. moment are about people being
had a Porsche.” that’s centred around growing “It’s just what the doctor mean to each other.
up, settling down and finding ordered,” quips Spall, 37. “I don’t want to watch that. I
Look Out For: Chris Hawkins, love. “Because we, as a society, don’t need it. I feel like there’s
6 Music, Wednesday, 6am Written by former stand- have had this enforced time of enough horror going on in
Wednesday morning’s guest is up Andy Wolton, the eight- reflection and the result has the world, that I like to see
Rebus creator Ian Rankin. part series – the first UK been acts of kindness, altruism examples of goodness.”
Rafe Spall and Esther commission to debut on Apple and community. Packing witty one liners,
Smith in Trying TV+ – puts Spall and Cuckoo “This is a show about that,” yet also set to pull on the
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There was a lot of convoluted west coast of Ireland, it was the blame him. viewers on BBC Four, sends platforms after a planned
a chill down the spine on a UK theatrical release was
two-disc DVD this week. cancelled due to Covid-19.
Sian Reese-Williams and Sixteen-year-old Tess was

recipe for new comedy-drama Sion Alun Davies reprise

their roles in these six
episodes as DCI Cadi John
stillborn and revived during
an electrical storm by a
crazed mortuary attendant.
heartstrings, the show follows first episode for my audition the process that Nikki and and DS Owen Vaughan, She has been at the
the pair who, having struggled in this coffee shop and I was Jason have, so to get a greater who uncover dark deeds in mercy of her keeper ever
to conceive, make the life- very dramatically sat at the understanding and feel part of the mining town of Blaenau since, unaware of the true
changing decision to embark on table crying because it was so that, that’s really special.” Ffestiniog and far beyond. circumstances of her birth.
the lengthy adoption process. moving, but so funny as well,” “It’s sensitive and something Three local youths are Tess slowly masters the
Cue a whole new world of recalls Smith, 33. you want to get right, so it’s well suspects in the murder of a ability to manipulate
bewildering challenges. The duo put the affinity they researched,” says Londoner former teacher, whose electricity. She eventually
But with their dysfunctional felt with the script down to the Spall, whose dad is actor professional conduct is escapes from the clutches
friends, screwball family, and relatable subject matter. Timothy Spall. called into question by of her captor and seeks out
chaotic lives, will the panel “What struck me about it alarming evidence. Off duty, her birth mother who is
agree they’re fit to be parents? is just how real it is,” Smith Trying is available to stream John struggles to cope with unaware that her daughter is
“I remember reading the says. “I’ve not gone through now on Apple TV+. the recent death of her alive.
1 Cryptic crossword
2 Quirky quickie
1 Turns down,
6 Polka, 1 Earth's crust,
9 Symptom, 9 Lorry,
10 Get away,
11 Fracas, 10 Rations,
12 Ethicist, 11 Da Vinci,
14 Rued, 12 Until,
15 Cuban heels,
18 Trophy room, 13 Old as the hills,
20 Bran, 16 Polka,
23 Mind's eye, 18 Foreman,
24 Arabic,
26 Diploma, 20 Nosebag,
27 Impulse, 21 Trims,
28 Sport, 22 Cold storage.
29 Entertain.

Down: Down:
1 Toss for it, 2 Arrived,
2 Rummage,
3 Satnav, 3 Try-on,
4 Ohms, :[YHPNO[ÄNO[
5 Negotiator, 5 Retouch,
6 Put right,
7 Lowlife, 6 Scoot,
8 As yet, 7 Clodhopping,
13 Quarry face, 8 Uselessness,
16 Sunscreen,
17 Phase out, 14 Stabbed,
19 Own up to, 15 Lemming,
21 Rubella, 17 Lasso,
22 Proper,
23 Midas, 19 Rotor.
25 Lift.
4 Heroic poem (4) 1 Preceding period (3-2)
7 Assume (3,2) 2 Word paired with 'neither' (3)
1 Letter from Greece mostly bright, then: 2 Gets firm to transport her sand (7)
9 Beijing's country (5) 3 Which person? (3)
"Note, turncoat's a fraud" (8,4) 3 Seconds on sale, not posh but new, OK
(8) 10 Juliet's lover (5) 4 Finish (3)
10 Curious great structure with poles (7) 4 Team's back to catch live antelope (4) 11 Tot of whisky (4) 5 Trimmed (5)
11 Experience so needed by leaderless bank 5 Special diet, fresh green fuel, to eat at last 12 PSV (3) 6 Squashed (10)
(7) (6-4) 15 Sumptuous (7) 8 Jotters (9)
6 New clinic, a detox centre, employs train- 16 Command (5) 9 Divisions of a dollar (5)
12 That is established by documents (2,3)
ee (5) 17 Autocrat (6) 12 Sydney sands (5,5)
13 Sheer volume spoiled recital (8) 18 Loose outer coverings (6) 13 Foam (4)
7 They're shaken by stuff about arbitrators
15 Touch and go, about to stop, one revives (7) 21 Stream, rivulet (5) 14 Caves in (9)
(4,2,4) 8 Key staff still guarding town, an awkward 23 Dangerous sea current (7) 19 Second World War alliance (4)
16 Man could be using lipsalve regularly (4) situation (1,6,6) 25 ___ James, Carry On actor (3) 20 Lag behind (5)
9 He's on surgical form for personal exami- 26 ___ Wintour, fashion editor (4) 22 Possessed (5)
18 Worn surface on road, is it permanent? (4)
nation (4-9) 28 Donated (5) 24 Eccentric (5)
20 Now it never will become popular policy 30 Praise fulsomely (5) 27 Discontinue (3)
14 Growth areas in vitamin lines, not in
(4-6) lotions (10) 31 Square or circle, eg (5) 28 Became (3)
22 Soup for party served with flower (8) 17 Success - star's inspired former model to 32 Dr Jekyll's alter ego (4) 29 UK's hospital organisation (inits) (3)
24 Couple arrive at church (5) date (8)
26 Primary book recalled with joy? (7) 19 Painter to match greyish coat on front Scribble pad
27 Ranter raving about one's land (7) 21 Train mongrel at the vacant compound (7)
28 Taught by parent, boy goes after local fish 23 Drug cases dropped by cops, big jump (5)
(4-8) 25 Bit of US uniform, headgear, picked up (4)

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Complete the grids so each row, column and 3x3 grid contains just one stance of 1-9
The Herald Sunday crosswords
ACROSS DOWN Sunday, 3rd May, 2020 No. 87 by JM LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS
1 Face snake and dog (4,4) 1 Animals in stables not left
5 Field worker's weapon seized by wandering around (6)
official in recession (6) 2 Amateur directors on a ship (6)
9 Getting around a drain in golf (8) 3 Bone found in Circle Line (6)
10 Banks are not starting stories (6) 4 Meeting of two criminals, one
11 Mistreated socialist, turning having kidnapped monarch (10)
terribly rude (8) 6 Clint Eastwood perhaps in
12 Issue rubbish bedding (6) camera shot (8)
7 Keep most important soldiers at
14 Discourage passing around
home (8)
exam (10)
8 Retiring socialist accepts
18 Carol traps wild pandas (6,4)
present (8)
22 Conservative Party making
13 Agree to write (10)
U-turn? That's smart (6) 15 Key sheriffship not filled by
23 Wearing thong backwards, Bob top-notch lawyers (5,3)
consumed mushroom (8) 16 The French supporting expensive
24 Balloon invoice that hurt me (6) adornments for churches (8)
25 Identify pub that's holding 17 One about to break reliable car
lock-ins, at last (8) part (8)
26 Stay on periphery (6) 19 Preserve parrot food (6)
27 One who supports Bill now, not 20 Soldier's arm broken in Spain (6)
on vacation (8) 21 Hire clothing perhaps for ruler (6) YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS

8 Marriage vow (1,4) 1 Closed curve (6)
9 Salt and ___, crisp flavour (7) 2 Commonest gas in the
atmosphere (8)
10 Series of British films starring Sid 3 Partner in conflict (4)
James (5,2) 4 Yet (4,2)
11 Circular frame on an axle (5) 5 No particular place (8)
12 Four couples (9) 6 Frightening giant (4)
7 George Du Maurier novel
14 Month in which VE Day is
featuring Svengali (6)
commemorated (3) 13 Struggle for control (3-2-3)
15 Violate a religious or moral law (3) 14 Full development (8)
16 Stiff-legged military march (5-4) 15 Suffer extreme hunger (6)
19 Reserved (5) 17 Start (6)
18 Human mental or spiritual
21 Salver for cups and saucers (3,4)
faculty (6)
23 Small town (7) 20 Stare at lecherously (4)
by Puzzler Media 24 V-shaped cut (5) 22 Parent's sister (4)

Kakuro Clockword Split decision
Fill in the white squares with the numbers 1 to 9. Each horizontal The solutions from 1 to 12 are all six-letter words Cross out one of the two letters in each divided square to reveal a
block of squares must add up to the number in the shaded square ending with the letter S in the centre. Moving completed crossword grid.
to its left, and each vertical block must add up to the number in the clockwise from 1, the letters in the outer circle will
shaded square above it. No number may be used more than once in spell out the name of an English singer.
any one block. C G G A D S P L R S
11 1 T I W C E K
8 21 12 25
8 14
16 8 45 15 A D N A T B T A A O
23 21 10 2 U L U L R T R I V L
9 15 11

10 15 9 3 M E T X S S T E G T
7 12 17 P W E L D T E N E R
15 9
3 26
11 8
8 4 Last week’s solutions
5 9 6
14 Clockword Kakuro
20 11 7 5 CLOCKWORD: 1 Backer, 2 Isomer, 3 Arbour,
17 13 4 Number, 5 Coiner, 6 Anchor, 7 Jabber,
6 8 Archer, 9 Grocer, 10 Geyser, 11 Earner, 9 1 3 6 1
32 12 Rapier. 6 3 2 1 9 8 4
10 11 6 Human rights advocate: BIANCA JAGGER 9 5 2 7
14 15 1. Clergymen 7. Lessens 4 7 5 3
Split decision 1 7 3 8 2 4 6
2. Proverbs 8. Bets
7 12 S A L V O P R O N G 6 4 4 1
3. Fractions 9. Wading birds N O I A D R 7 8 8 4
5 9 2 4 6 8 5
4. Extorts 10. Inland openings A N N U L V O D K A
5 7 6 2 7 5
I E E E L D 3 5 6 9 1 8
5. Steep slopes 11. Annoys L U R I D S T Y L E 5 1 8 4
6. Perspires 12. Decorate
general knowledge crossword
How much do you know about the world? Test yourself today ...
1 Palace which was the birthplace Puzzle by BOZ 1 Largest body of water in the
of James V (10) Great Glen (4,4)
6 Scots actor who recently played 2 Potentially addictive drugs which
Dan Docherty in TV drama, 'The have soporific effects (9)
Nest' (6,8) 3 US state nicknamed 'The Gem
15 A privateer (7) State' (5)
16 Blood clots which restrict circula- 4 Gaelic team game in which a sli-
tion (7) otar is aimed at the opponents'
goal (7)
17 Carroll Smillie's original career
5 Phrase meaning well-known
following art school (9)
18 To create a new word (9) 7 Military clothing and supplies
19 Perhaps describing a sheep with available for public purchase
full fleece (7) (4,7)
20 Surname of the Scotsman who 8 Extinct marine arthropods with
played 'Plunkett' in the 1999 film, segmented bodies (10)
'Plunkett and Macleane' (7) 9 Of no real value (7)
21 Someone who records and 10 Of earlier times, often somewhat
measures earthquakes (13) nostalgic (3-6)
23 English county where the seaport 11 Character used to denote the
Cowes is located (4,2,5) start of a new paragraph (7)
12 Second half of a word for huffy,
25 First name of the writer of the
starting hoity- (5)
play, 'Waiting for Godot' (6)
13 Failing in duty of care (7)
27 Scots artist who created 'The 14 Suburb of Dundee formerly
Straw Locomotive' and 'The inhabited by wealthy jute barons
Paper Boat', George — (6) (8,5)
28 An additive to produce a certain 22 US public holiday as remem-
shade (9) brance for those that died in mil-
32 Products to neutralise unpleas- itary service (8,3)
ant odours (3,10) 24 Thankfulness (9)
35 Range stretching from Dum- 26 Oriental (7)
barton to Strathblane, — Hills, 28 Another name for bok choy, —
recently hit by wildfire (10) cabbage (7)
38 The ES in the phenomenon ESP 29 Not responsive to medical inter-
(12) vention (11)
30 Doing something with minimal
39 Contractual term whereby a
effort to appear to be compliant
retailer only pays for stock (8)
passed to the consumer (4,2,6) 31 Scots word for skylark (8)
40 Characteristic of the West (10) 33 Second chamber in a cow's
41 People travelling around the stomach; small constellation (9)
world (13) 34 To lure and trap (7)
43 Nickname for number 1 in bingo 36 To act the part of in a drama (7)
(6,3) 37 Heraldic charge indicating illegit-
April 26, SOLUTION
45 Surname of the man tennis player
Steffi Graf married in 2001 (6)
Scribble pad Across: 9 Andy Beattie, 11 Bruce Willis,
imacy (5-8)
41 Racing cyclist who was the sub-
46 Percussion instrument used in a 13 Pall Mall, 14 Fisherman, 15 Ramsay, ject of the 2006 film, 'The Flying
hi-hat (6) 16 Achilles heel, 18 Terence, 19 Neil, Scotsman' (6,5)
20 Gideon, 21 Edelstein, 23 Acid Test, 42 Common reptile living in the
50 Having balanced proportions (11) 25 The Others, 28 Entered, 29 Fender, sides of a building (4,6)
53 D.C.Thomson's tomboy charac- 30 Acutely, 31 Swift, 33 The Double, 44 People of ancient central Italy
ter in 'The Beano' (6,3,4) 34 Gladiator, 35 Glory, 36 In tears, who flourished between the 8th
55 Beams supporting a roof (7) 37 Flying, 38 Alabama, 41 The Secret, and 3rd centuries BC (9)
57 People in charge of sections of a 43 Abandons, 45 Crotchets, 47 Ice tea,
47 English city which is the location
newspaper (7)  (ZPH*HYKPɈ9HSWO,SSPZVU
of the HQ for snack brand 'Walk-
55 Hector, 56 Trevelyan, 57 Margaret,
58 Gas known for its use in welding ers' (9)
59 The Departed, 60 Eating irons.
(9) 48 Magic (8)
60 Host of the morning show on Down: 1 Adelaide, 2 Abba, 3 Carlisle, 49 One's own money used in per-
BBC Radio Scotland (4,5) :[PɈLULYZ:\ITHYPULY3LUUVU forming a job (8)
61 Slang term for someone without 7 Disraeli, 8 Altman, 9 Anarchist, 50 Forward in football (7)
much of a brain (7) 10 Easy-listening, 11 Brest, 51 Creation of comedian Barry
12 Shakin' Stevens, 17 Lengthening, Humphries, 'Dame Edna —' (7)
62 An alchemist of German legend
22 Eat, 23 Andre Gide, 24 Tony Blair, 52 2007 song by Scots band 'The
who makes a pact with the devil 26 Education, 27 Egyptians, 29 Foot the bill, Fratellis', '— Dagger' (7)
(7) 30 Angela Bassett, 31 Sir, 32 Thomas Carlyle, 54 Peter Capaldi played this incar-
63 Type of chicken named after the 33 Tay, 39 Architects, 40 Ago, 41 The Planets, nation of The Doctor in 'Doctor
smallest US state by area (5,6,3) 42 The Lovers, 44 Occurred, 46 Schumann, Who' (7)
64 Ancient Greek from Samos 48 Epilator, 50 Anthea, 52 Ritual, 53 Freud, 56 Hover mower invented by Karl
known for his theorem regarding 58 Rain. Dahlman (5)
triangles (10) 59 The Y of YMCA (5)
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With spying, it’s the people who most educated at Fettes College and then left for
Malaya to run rubber plantations. His taste
for adventure was soon plain. He ran off with
fascinate. Why did they become “the beautiful ward” of a Malay prince, but
later caught malaria and had to recuperate
back in Britain.
spooks? Just what did they do? He joined the Foreign Service and was
posted to Moscow. A talented footballer, he
joined a local team which won the Moscow
League championship in 1912. Come the 1917
Revolution, Lockhart was British Consul
General, eventually becoming the UK’s first
envoy to the Bolsheviks.
He was now sleeping with the wife of a
Russian count, who was also a suspected
Soviet agent, and working for British
intelligence. He was given £648 million in
diamonds to fund a Russian agent network. In
1918, Lockhart and Sidney Reilly – aka The
Ace of Spies – were accused of plotting to
assassinate Lenin. Later, he was confined in
the Kremlin as a prisoner but escaped trial in
a spy swap. The Soviets later sentenced him to
death in absentia.
His autobiography Memoirs Of A British
Agent became the 1934 Hollywood movie
British Agent, starring Leslie Howard. During
the Second World War he co-ordinated all
British propaganda against Nazi Germany.
His son, Robin Bruce Lockhart, wrote the
book Ace Of Spies which became a TV series
starring Sam Neill in the 1980s. He died in
1970 after struggling with alcoholism most of
his life.

Oor ain Jane Bond

SCOTLAND had its own female version of
Indiana Jones working as a spy – Lorraine
Adie Copeland, half archaeologist, half Jane
Bond … and her son turned out to be Stewart
Copeland, drummer in the band The Police.
Born in Scotland in 1921, Copeland came
from a wealthy family – her father was a
neurosurgeon with offices in London’s Harley
Highly intelligent and well educated, during
the Second World War she was recruited by
the Special Operations Executive. SOE ran
espionage and sabotage missions in occupied
Europe. She met her husband at this time, the
famed American spy Miles Copeland,
described as charming and charismatic. The
pair married in 1942 and Copeland was soon
involved in espionage in Syria, Lebanon and
Egypt. It was while she was in the middle east
that she began studying archaeology,
eventually becoming a world expert on the
Stone Age.
Friends remember her as highly outspoken.
The couple were friends with Kim Philby,
Britain’s most notorious double agent, a
member of the Cambridge spy ring who
worked for the KGB while a senior MI6
officer. In Beirut, the Copeland home – the
site of many glamorous parties – was known
as “The CIA House”.
What better couple to work as international
spies – a beautiful, intelligent Scot, and a
handsome, dashing American. They could
have been characters in an Ian Fleming novel.
She died in 2013 at her French home, taking
her secrets to the grave.

Scotland’s spy for

Imperial Japan
NOT all of Scotland’s spies are charming
rogues or brilliant beauties, some are just
sleazy traitors. Step forward William Forbes-
Sempill, the 19th Lord Sempill. Born at
Craigievar Castle in Aberdeenshire, he was
educated at Eton before joining the Royal
Flying Corps at the outbreak of the First
World War. He was one of the most successful

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airmen of the conflict. However, his

fame and glamour were a cover for
something much darker. In 1920, he led
a British mission to Japan to help
develop its airforce. However, when the
Anglo-Japanese Alliance ended in 1921,
HERALD Sempill should have cut all military
VOICES contact with Tokyo. He didn’t. He
began passing classified information in
exchange for money. When MI5 tapped
his phone, they discovered his
manservant was a Japanese sailor.
There was a risk that if Sempill was
interrogated, Tokyo might work out that
Britain had cracked Japanese codes. It
was decided it wasn’t in Britain’s best
interests to prosecute him. However, it’s
also pretty clear his position played a big
part in saving his skin – his father was
aide-de-camp to King George V.
Unbelievably, Sempill went on to work
at the Admiralty, with access to secret
By 1939, it was clear that Sempill was
also pro-Hitler – and still spying for the
Japanese. Churchill believed that when
details of his own personal movements
were intercepted on their way from the
Japanese Embassy to the Tokyo Foreign
Ministry, Sempill was involved.
By autumn 1941, Churchill proposed
getting rid of Sempill by offering “him a
post in the north of Scotland”. However, Left: one of thriller The Thirty-Nine Steps about
come Pearl Harbour in December 1941, Hitler’s top German spies operating in Britain in
Sempill’s offices were raided and secret agents, Vera the run-up to the outbreak of the First
documents uncovered which shouldn’t Eriksen – the World War. The plot mirrored real
have been in his possession. It was clear German Mata attempts by the Kaiser to use spies in
evidence of treason, but again no Hari – was Scotland to gather naval intelligence.
prosecution followed. Sempill agreed to snared at a Hannay, who is also Scots, appeared in
retire from public office and died in Buckie railway six more novels, and is based on
1965. station Edinburgh’s Edmund Ironside, a spy
during the Boer War.
As an aside, Buchan’s contemporary,
SPYLAND Compton Mackenzie, the adoptive Scot
who wrote the novel Whisky Galore,
IT isn’t just people who have made their was a spy in the eastern Mediterranean
mark on the art of spying when it comes during the First World War. He was
to Scotland – it’s the landscape itself, later prosecuted in 1932 under the
ideally suited to training spooks, Official Secrets Act for his wartime
saboteurs and assassins. autobiography Greek Memories. He
Special Operations Executive (SOE) pleaded guilty to avoid trial and prison.
used Scotland’s wild Highland terrain Unsurprisingly, then, the SAS was mercenary outfit. He was linked to a The book revealed that UK embassies
to train agents during the war. SOE had founded by a Scot – David Stirling, who failed coup against Libya’s Colonel were used as spy cover, named the
around 30 camps in secluded locations was born in Lecropt, Perthshire in 1915 Gaddafi. He later established an section of British intelligence which we
across the country. One site, in Inverlair into a wealthy, well-connected military organisation called Great Britain 75 – now know as MI6, and revealed that the
in Inverness-shire, known as “The family. He studied at Cambridge and made up of aristocrats and ex-soldiers – head of MI6 was known as C.
Cooler”, was used to house agents who dreamed of becoming an artist in Paris. who planned to take over the running of Of course, C is the inspiration for the
had either failed training or been At over six feet, he was training to climb the UK in the event of civil unrest and fictional spymaster M in the James
recalled from duty. The Cooler was Everest when the Second World War government collapse. Stirling also Bond novels. Not only was Bond played
meant to provide time to decompress, broke out. worked to undermine trade unionism. most memorably by Sean Connery, but
and to ensure anyone unstable didn’t Commissioned into the Scots Guards, The flawed father of British special 007 is also a Scot. In the novels, Bond’s
leak sensitive information. he then volunteered as a commando in forces died in 1990. father is Andrew Bond from Glencoe.
The north of Scotland was also useful the unit known as Force Z. He After a brief stint at Eton, Bond gets
for infiltrating Nazi spies due to its eventually persuaded top brass to allow expelled – for hanky-panky with a maid,
remote coastline. One of Hitler’s top
agents, Vera Eriksen – the German
him to set up an experimental special
operations outfit designed to operate
SPOOK CULTURE of course – and completes his education
at Fettes. There are echoes of Bond in
Mata Hari – was snared at a Buckie behind enemy lines. Stirling’s right-hand IT’S little wonder then that the current the life of his creator, Ian Fleming.
railway station. She had landed by boat man was Jock Lewes, the SAS’s series of SAS: Who Dares Wins finds a Fleming had a Scottish father –
nearby. Eriksen was found, along with principal training officer and inventor natural home in Scotland. It’s filmed on Valentine, a Tory MP from Newport-on-
fellow agent Karl Drucke, with a knife, of the Lewes Bomb. Raasay. In its latest bizarre outing, Tay in Fife. Fleming’s grandfather was
pistol, money, a radio and a list of RAF Stirling led from the front. His men celebrities like Katie Price and Joey the Scottish financier Robert Fleming.
bases. Another pair of Nazi spies was would drive through German aircraft Essex are put through special forces And, of course, in a neat full circle,
caught in Scotland because they were bases in North Africa shooting up training while being humiliated by the latest Bond movies shot some of
cycling on the wrong side of the road. planes and setting off explosives. In one retired SAS operatives. their most iconic scenes in Scotland,
SOE used Arisaig House for raid, they took out 37 aircraft, mostly Of course, there’s a slightly more with Skyfall filmed around Glen Coe
Commando training; Glasnacardoch bombers, with just one man lost. upmarket side to Scotland’s spooks on and Glen Etive. The upcoming Bond
Lodge at Mallaig was a weapons cache Stirling, who was dubbed “The film and in literature. Without Scotland, movie No Time To Die also features
and firing range; Drumintoul Lodge in Phantom Major” by Field Marshal the spy genre would be a shadow of stunning action sequences shot around
Aviemore and Glenmore Lodge in Erwin Rommel, was captured by the itself. Richard Hannay is the prototype Badenoch.
Inverness-shire were used for training Germans in 1943. He escaped, was fictional spy hero. A creation of the So, the long and strange love affair
commandos to fight in occupied recaptured and sent to Colditz. Field Scottish author John Buchan, Hannay between Scotland and spies continues
Norway; Achnacarry Castle was a Marshall Montgomery described made his first appearance in the 1915 into the future.
general commando training facility; and Stirling as “mad, quite mad”, but
Belhaven School, Dunbar was used to believed men like him essential to
train wireless operators behind enemy winning the war.
lines. After the war, Stirling set up a READ MORE Neil Mackay appears in Herald
Voices every Tuesday and Friday

No need to learn
a new language
when fluent in
lockdown lingo
Susan Swarbrick
WHEN the nation first retreated indoors to ride
out this global pandemic, I remember hearing
people boasting about putting the time to use by
honing new skills.
Learn a language, they said. Presumably, they
meant Spanish or Mandarin, rather than the lingo I thought
of lockdown, a burgeoning lexicon that many of us
now speak fluently. I was the
From lamenting the emotional tumult of the
“coronacoaster” (the ups and downs of our
moods) to eyes being rolled in exasperation at the
reckless behaviour of “covidiots” and
“lockclowns” (those blatantly ignoring public
health advice), it’s fascinating how our use of
words is evolving.
Humour, of course, is a big part of it. How else
this, but
to navigate the so-called “new normal”? It’s either then I
that or dissolving into a tear-stained mess
whenever the black cloud of existential dread realised
descends which, as fellow coronacoaster riders
can attest, is fairly often. many
If there was a soundtrack to lockdown it would
be Blinding Lights by The Weeknd, a song used
incessantly in TikTok videos and whose opening
bars now trigger the same involuntary shudder as
were too
hearing Baby Shark or Gangnam Style (sorry, Mr
The Weeknd – sick beat, though). engaging. It feels to me as if our children
Our spirit animal is a big cat thanks to the Vicky Allan’s emotion of the week: (and us too) are being thrown in at the
bonkers Netflix series Tiger King. Could we see a deep end and the swimming skills they

Burnt out
baby boom of “coronials” – children conceived have to learn are a form of digital self-
during lockdown – named Carole after its unlikely management. Some may emerge at the
breakout star, Carole Baskin, a woman who has end having learned practices of self-
sparked countless unflattering memes? def. exhausted or in poor health due to overwork organisation, but many will not. Some,
Or a flurry of Joes inspired by Tiger King’s anti- in some houses, have no access to digital
hero Joe Exotic? Joe is probably a good shout given learning at all. I’m not blaming the
our other man of the moment, Joe Wicks, a fitness THERE have been many times over the not just for us, but also for our children. individual teachers, many of whom are
guru and the country’s PE teacher, who has won a past few weeks when it’s seemed to me On Facebook this week I found myself locked in a struggle of trying to deliver
legion of fans with his Poldark-in-gym-shorts vibe that the much-talked of coronavirus joining in on a thread, started by a learning through new technology
during daily workouts on YouTube. slowness was a myth, or something I’d parent with a small business, who platforms, while also possibly juggling
Speaking of which, I should probably start failed, personally, to grasp. At first I complained that she was struggling to their own kids. I also think it’s wrong to
tuning in to those a bit more frequently given I’m thought I was the only person feeling get to grips with the confusing system of blame parents. The wider system itself
fast reaching the halfway mark of what’s been this, but then I started to realise many online school assignments being sent out should deliver a lot better for all kids.
dubbed “Covid-10” – a creeping 10lbs in extra others were too. People I come in to her kids.
weight gained through heavy-duty comfort eating.
This tends to go hand in hand with “goutbreak”,
contact with kept telling me they felt
more busy, not less – and I’m not just
It echoed my own feelings that one of
the biggest challenges of the recent
def. feeling or showing an appreciation
a nickname for overdoing rich foods, such as talking about key workers, but a wide weeks had been to try to work out what for something done or received
cheese and wine, which results in veering demographic in terms of income and my eldest son, at secondary school, is
perilously towards Henry VIII territory (the occupation. These people, of course, expected to do. He wants to manage it I ALSO, however, think that children
bloated, gluttony part as opposed to were mostly not those who had been himself, but it seems unmanageable. are part of a wider world, and above all
the disposing of unwanted wives). furloughed or lost work. They were also, Work arrives on different platforms – via we need to be working out right now
Then there’s those taking the mostly, people who had kids. email, Teams, website downloads – with how to make this better for all of us in
edge off things by whipping up a Last week, this paper reported that assignments often not where you expect the new normal.
“quarantini” cocktail. It’s millions of people forced to work from them to be. The truth is I’m someone who
apparently a foolproof recipe. home “may be at risk of burnout as their Reports into lockdown delivery of believes in slowness. I take on board
Simply open the drinks work-life balance is turned upside online education are revealing a Danny Dorling’s argument that
cabinet, throw together down”. It may seem hyperbolic for us to staggering difference between individual evidence shows we are already going
whatever dribs and drabs talk about feeling burnt out by just the schools, and crucially between the state through a period of technological
come to hand, then chug it mere challenge of trying to work and and private sector. Neil Mackay, writing slowdown, economic deceleration and
back like a teenager getting home-school our children, but there’s a in this paper last week, reported that a declining growth.
pie-eyed at a school disco. pace of life for many of us here that’s survey by the Scottish Secondary But it feels as if even in this pause, life
If you’ve overdone the undoubtedly unsustainable. I’m waking Teachers’ Association before Easter for many of us is only getting more
Advocaat, add a splash at 5am to get time to work before home found that less than half of children digitally hectic. We could resist that – let
of Cinzano Bianco to school starts, and I’ve talked to many were engaging with teachers. He our kids get bored and drop out at work
even it out. A little others stretching out their days, doing described how one teacher had told him – but most of us are still struggling to
dribble of Malibu. their double shifts. she only had four children out of 33 join earn and the answers to many of our
Maybe some Pernod … We may be moving around less, but an online lesson. I recognise that. My current problems demand work. They
Screen fades to black. many of us are as busy. When our cars, son was one of three in such a low turn- also require rethinking what’s
trains, planes and workplaces stopped, out class and only because we happened important – and, what with home
tech rushed in – Zoom, Microsoft to spot the message when it came in. school and homework, many of us are
Teams, streamed talks and events – and And I understand why kids aren’t too busy for that.
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Next 10 years
will determine
journalism’s fate
David Pratt
IN the absence of pub quizzes during these secretary-general Christophe Deloire.
days of social distancing, here’s a question to “The coronavirus pandemic illustrates the
ponder. negative factors threatening the right to
In which current global table does reliable information, and is itself an
Norway come out on top and North Korea exacerbating factor,” Deloire added in his
find itself in bottom place? recent summation of the current index
Most of us hazarding a guess at the answer ratings.
would likely say it had something to do with Questioning what all this means for
human rights, and that assertion wouldn’t freedom of information, pluralism and
be far off the mark. reliability by 2030, Deloire maintains the
The answer is, in fact, the 2020 World answer to that is already being determined
Press Freedom Index, compiled by the and as we move through this “decisive
media watchdog, Reporters Without decade”, five converging crises are having a
Borders, better known by its French malign influence and potentially devastating
acronym (RSF). impact on international journalism.
As someone who has spent the last four The first of these is what RSF says is a
decades of his life working in journalism, “geopolitical crisis” due to aggressiveness of
every year I examine the data compiled in authoritarian regimes, which coronavirus
the index with a degree of trepidation. Its has already starkly highlighted.
main purpose is to evaluate the situation for The second is a “technological crisis”
journalists in 180 countries and territories resulting from the lack of appropriate
across the globe. regulation of digitalised communication,
In this regard there’s no doubt the index creating a kind of “information chaos”
has become an extremely useful advocacy blurring the lines between fact, fiction,
tool in helping promote free, independent propaganda and advertising, often putting
and pluralistic journalism and in defending them in direct competition with mainstream
media workers rights. bona fide journalism.
But vital as such a role is, this serves as The third crisis in this perfect storm facing
little consolation to the fact that the journalism highlighted by RSF is a growing
conclusions drawn by the index these past physical hostility towards journalists
few years have been far from heartening. globally.
The current index is no exception, or then Much of this hostility, it concludes, is an
again perhaps it is, for rarely in recent times offshoot of the hatred towards the press
has it portrayed a bleaker picture of the fomented by some political leaders such as
threats facing media freedom worldwide. US President Donald Trump and his
Those threats, of course, have inevitably counterpart Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil.
been amplified by the coronavirus “Hostility toward journalists and news
pandemic, as existing and aspiring autocrats outlets in the US deepened and intensified,
around the world crack down on journalists’ and few attacks were as vitriolic as those
ability to do their jobs at a time when that came from the president,” the media
transparency is more vital than ever. watchdog concluded.
In fact, so pressing are those threats that “The abuse is only getting worse amid the
RSF has warned that the next 10 years will coronavirus pandemic in 2020, as
pretty much determine the fate of journalists covering the Trump
journalism as we know it. “We are entering a administration’s response to the crisis are
decisive decade for journalism linked to subjected to the president’s attacks during
crises that affect its future,” says RSF his press briefings,” it added.

This pandemic provides According to the index ratings, the US

now ranks 45th out of 180 countries. A
“dangerous anti-press sentiment” as well as
autocrats with the opportunity the arrest, physical assault, public
denigration and harassment of journalists
had trickled down to the local level in
to crack down on journalists America, the report determined.
Related to this open hostility and the last
of the five elements in the crises press
freedom faces is one of trust, says RSF. Or
put another way the public suspects
broadcast and print news to have been
contaminated by unreliable information.
In making its case for this, the media
watchdog cites a recent Edelman Trust
Barometer conducted by the US-based
public relations group that studies public
trust in institutions.
According to those polled in Edelman’s
latest international survey, 57% of people
believed the media they used were
contaminated with information they
thought untrustworthy. That in itself, most
would admit, is cause for serious concern,
but combined with the other threats
outlined, all five converge into one
enormous challenge to the worldwide press
of the future.
It’s a sobering thought not least today,
May 3, as we mark World Press Freedom
Day along with its theme this year of
“journalism without fear or favour”.
In order to understand in real terms just
what these threats mean to journalism’s
future, it’s worth drilling down a little
deeper into their implications.
The obvious place to start is with the
impact of the pandemic itself. Having said
that, long before the emergence of
coronavirus, world press freedoms were
recognised as being in decline.
For many years journalists have
weathered authoritarian regimes and threats
to their safety. But where most observers are
now in near total agreement is that the
pandemic has brought a new dynamic to the
media landscape exposing the long-term
risks of suppressed press freedoms
As Robert Mahoney, deputy executive
director of the Committee to Protect
Journalists (CPJ) points out, those countries
that stifle independent news and jail
journalists in “normal” times have already
been hard at work.
In what some journalists have called the
global “Covid crackdown,” China and Iran,
177th and 173rd respectively in the Press
Freedom Index, tried to quarantine the
truth. In Iran’s case the leadership there
censored news of its spread with devastating
consequences for public health.
Many media monitoring groups are now
concerned that, for the most part,
governments have been getting away with
their efforts to impede independent
journalism without being called out by other
countries, all of which are also preoccupied
in dealing with the pandemic.
“Governments in Thailand, through
Hungary and Egypt to Honduras, are using
the cloud cover of the diseases to introduce
emergency measures that could roll back
basic freedoms, clamp down on the press, or
restrict foreign correspondents,” warned
Mahoney of the CPJ recently on Al azeera.
At its worst this manifests itself in arrests,
detention, intimidation, physical threats and
sometimes murder.
In terms of Covid-19-related reporting,
human rights group Amnesty International
last week highlighted a handful of cases
where reporters have been prosecuted or
threatened. Among them was that of
Russian journalist Elena Milashina whose
newspaper Novaya Gazeta on April
12blished an article in which she criticised

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the Chechen authorities’ response to the

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov in
turn posted an Instagram video in
which he threatened Milashina,
HERALD appealing to the Russian government
VOICES and Federal Security Service (FSB) to
“stop those non-humans who are
writing and provoking our people”. In
Egypt, meanwhile, security forces
arrested Atef Hasballah, the editor-in-
chief of AlkararPress newspaper on
March 18, and subjected him to
enforced disappearance for nearly a
month, following a post on his Facebook
page in which he challenged the official
statistics on Covid-19 cases.
In Venezuela, it was journalist
Darvinson Rojas who spent 12 days in
detention after reporting on the spread
of the virus in the country and was
pushed by authorities to reveal his
These are only three of many
instances globally where reporting on
the pandemic brought journalists under
threat, but it’s not only during the
current crisis that such measures have
been documented
Last year, 142 serious threats to press
freedom were recorded, including 33
physical attacks on journalists. A total
of 43 cases of intimidation and direct
threat have been listed in a report
compiled by several media
organisations, among them RSF, the In these
Association of European Journalists unprecedented
and the International Press Institute. times where
Late last year, too, 105 journalists we need
were imprisoned for their work, accurate,
primarily in Turkey, Russia, and trusted
Azerbaijan. information
As Otmar Lahodynsky, president of more than
the Association of European Journalists ever, the
(AEJ) wrote recently in the EU affairs freedom of the
newspaper NewEurope, the takeover of press is being
media by oligarchs and governments in silenced
Hungary, Poland, and Serbia were also across the
noted and criticised in the report. globe at an
“Many public-service broadcasters alarming rate
have been turned into uncritical
propaganda channels for the
government. Abuses of media freedom
are also increasing in Western Europe,”
says Lahodynsky, adding that political
influence on the media is increasing in ultimately, just as in a pandemic, the harassment, intimidation, arrest and critical consumers of the media, those
many of the 47 countries that count freedom of the press can only be detention, threats of physical assault similarly capable of holding the media
themselves as members of the Council guaranteed by a co-ordinated global and murder are the challenges to task for any misrepresentations of the
of Europe. effort and a focus on highlighting the journalists across many parts of the truth.
But beyond these obvious threats to long-term advantages of a more critical world have had to contend with. It was the great French author and
journalism and its future lie others, world. These are unprecedented times and, journalist Albert Camus who once
many economic, with job cuts gutting “This means pressure to reinforce as one colleague recently observed, no observed that: “A free press can of
newsrooms. As RSF makes clear, the legal frameworks, including prosecuting working journalist alive has ever course, be good or bad, but most
digital transformation has brought the harassers and killers, perhaps just as the covered anything like this story of the certainly without freedom, the press
media to their knees in many countries. international community would pandemic. Even veterans of war will never be anything but bad.”
Falling sales, the collapse in persecute war criminals, while offering reporting or Ebola coverage have had to If, as the World Press Freedom report
advertising revenue and the increase in a global protection for journalists,” says re-evaluate risk and learn new skills. suggests, the next 10 years prove to be
production and distribution costs have Rahman. As we mark World Press Freedom an unprecedented test for the media,
in turn forced news organisations to “Finding and promoting innovative Day it’s obvious that many challenges then good journalism will need all the
restructure and lay off journalists. ways of subsidising independent media, beyond the current one lie in wait. Most allies it can muster.
“The economic crisis has also as well as getting big tech companies to likely these will put the very heart of As RSF secretary-general Christophe
accentuated the phenomena of pay for the content they share, is also journalistic practice and the ability to Deloire, rightly pointed out: “For this
ownership concentration and, even crucial to help a free press to thrive,” carry it out without fear or favour to an decisive decade to not be a disastrous
more, conflicts of interest, which she says. unprecedented test. one, people of goodwill, whoever they
threaten journalistic pluralism and Just as the response to the To say we need journalism now more are, must campaign for journalists to be
independence,” warns the watchdog. coronavirus pandemic has been than ever is true. But it also masks a able to fulfil their role as society’s
The bottom line here is that global described as a marathon not a sprint, so reality worth reiterating, one that makes trusted third parties, which means they
journalism currently faces both old must the long-term future of journalism clear the importance of having a free must have the capacity to do so.”
threats and new, raising the inevitable be viewed in the same terms. press each and every day, whether the Speaking as someone with a vested
question of how best to protect and Ever since the United Nations story is of global or local concern. interest in that happening, I can only
nurture its existence in the “decisive proclaimed World Press Freedom Day In either instance, holding power to say how welcome that trust would be.
decade” that lies ahead. on this date back in 1993, the obstacles account and performing a public But equally, however, those within my
According to Farhana Haque facing independent reporting have interest role is fundamental to this. But profession must realise that in order for
Rahman, senior vice-president of the consistently been immense. just as the press holds the powers at be that to take place, we too must prove
global news agency Inter Press Service, Censorship, smear campaigns, to account, so too do we need reasoned ourselves worthy of that same trust.

Rab McNeil
New laws of the land
I’VE high hopes for the new
authoritarianism that will follow the
end of the coronavirus lockdown.
In particular, I’d suggest three
measures to be strictly enforced by
police officers properly primed by
watching The Sweeney and other
procedural shows from the halcyon days
when informal beatings were an
essential part of criminal investigations.
The first measure relates to my
one-person campaign against
horticultural racket. I’ve no idea why
this remains a one-man campaign. Am I
the last person on Earth with ears, or at
least a degree of sensitivity?
Well, I’m here to give the racketeers
an ear-bashing, though first I’d better
’fess up: I myself have an electric Flymo
and I know how to use it. I’ve tried
various hand-propelled mowers and
they’re all rubbish. Flymo gets the job
done quickly, or ought to. I’ve heard folk
spend three hours with them on lawns
the size of postage stamps.
Just get the job done briskly, with the
minimum aural inconvenience to
others. True, I used to cut grass for a
living and am right efficient at it. But happier among their own sort, listening
this news just in: it’s not rocket science. to rap and making a hullabaloo. Stay home forever
The strictures on mowers will also My second measure involves the HATE to say it but those of us who work Five things we’ve
apply to electronic or petrol-driven confiscation and destruction of any time from home and never get holidays are learned this week

trimmers, strimmers, bishers, bashers piece costing more than £50. I was now able to say to the rest of you: “Suck
and boshers. Some folk seem unable to appalled – becoming my default state – it up, you suckers. Now you know what THE skies are getting bluer. Prof William
do anything unless it’s driven by to read about Good Morning Britland it’s like.” Collins of the University of Reading says the
electricity or petrol. I’m sure I saw, presenter Ben Shephard sporting a Sadly, however, the holiday market is recent reduction in traffic pollution has left
though it may have been in a dream, series of fancy watches, the cheapest preparing itself for the return of skies looking their natural colour: deep, tropical
electric nose-pickers in B&Q. costing £3,000 and the dearest over normality, loosely defined. blue. There you are: every cloud has a silver
Worse even than horticultural £13,000. This is disgraceful. On that For many young persons, it’s a trip to lining.

hellishness are DIY drills, piercing the man’s wrist is a device costing more Spain’s “party islands” where, under
air and driving up the blood pressure of than three times an unemployed normal, flaky circumstances, much THIS year sees the 2,500th anniversary of
all around. It’s true. Reported this week, person’s annual benefits. Well, soon, Big drink would be consumed by the Battle of Thermopylae, where 300
a study by German researchers found Ben will be forced to watch his luxury holidaymakers wearing shorts and other Spartans held out (for a bit) against 2 million
exposure to racket can cause long-term gewgaws being ground into the dust by louche leisure apparel. Persians. The event is still studied by military
health implications, not just high blood properly trained goons in hi-vis jackets. Personally, I’d regard such holidays as strategists today, with many concluding the 300
pressure but potentially also cancer. My third liberal authoritarian a punishment, but maybe that’s just me should have legged it.

No wonder. In many city suburbs and measure will outlaw spitting. This again: I’ve never knowingly got into the
country villages, the racket is relentless. splashed onto the news agenda with talk party spirit. THE citizens of ancient Pompeii were keen
Well, it’ll have to relent. of the resumption of football, where the My idea of hedonism is a family bag of recyclers, according to US archaeologists.
Under my measure, the racketeers practice is rife. Revels. Rubbish was reused for filling earth floors
will be allocated what they’ll no doubt Well, soon, any player expectorating The unfortunate risk for revellers is and other building work. Pity the poor folk never
consider Happy Hour in which to make can expect to be gobsmacked by a three- that the firms currently offering bargain got the chance to put volcanic ash in the right
a daily din: say 3 to 4pm, extended match ban. They’ll have to swallow their hols from June 12 onwards won’t be recycling bin.

maybe to 9 to 10am and 4 to 5pm on pride along with whatever other refunding dosh if the lockdown is still
Saturdays; nothing at all on the Sabbath. glutinous agglomeration apparently continuing by then. METEOROLOGISTS have discovered the
Failure to observe this restriction will accumulates periodically in their gobs. I’m happy to provide a public service earliest reliable written record of somebody
result in one day of imprisonment for I trust such inhumane but necessary and reiterate the advice of the Foreign being killed by a meteorite falling on their
every minute of racket. measures will enjoy popular backing and Commonwealth Office: “We advise heid. Manuscripts in Turkish archives reveal a
Before coming to my second though I suspect that, as usual, mine against all but essential international bloke was killed in Iraq in 1888. What are the
democratic authoritarian measure, on a will be a voice howling in the wilderness travel.” That is excellently put, and we chances, eh? One in 250,000 apparently.

related horticultural matter I’m also – whereupon someone will open a must hope the advice remains forever,
advocating that people with gardens window and tell me to keep the noise with the omission of the words “but A STUDY by US researchers found that over-
who don’t appreciate them, except as down. essential”. 65s were best prepared for the collapse of
racket-zones, should be moved into flats. civilisation. They were most likely to have
Similarly, many country people stockpiled food, water, a torch, candles, battery-
should be relocated to urban council powered radio, and first aid kit. Wot, no jigsaws?
housing schemes, where they’ll be READ MORE Rab McNeil appears in The Herald
Magazine every Saturday
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Ron McKay

Naming the guilty My own tipple is on order. It’s a case

IT’S clear that during this lockdown of Geriatric Hipster Club.
we’ve been baking, getting drunk and
painting fences, although perhaps not in
that order. Toasting the years
There’s a chronic shortage of flour
and yeast in the shops, you can’t find THERE were drinks which marked the
fence paint for love nor money but decades.
booze sales shot up 30% in March. In the eighties and nineties everyone
Perhaps the surge in alcohol sales is who didn’t know anything about wine
due to the belief that, like drinking – like me and the vast percentage of
Dettol, it helps kill coronavirus? the population – drank Le Piat D’or,
Mind you, it’s not all good. The beer Blue Nun or Mateus Rose which had
buffs at Camra reckon 50 million pints the strong aftertaste of throat lozenges.
are going to waste in kegs (or is it The noughties were notable only for
casks?) locked up in pub cellars. the introduction of screwtops,
Whether or not one beer comes previously reserved for
out of this lockdown to large bottles of beer,
characterise the time and the advent of
remains to be seen, but quaffing pink Warning: fancy-named alcohol will not enhance the quality of Scottish football
manufacturers revel in wine, which
titling the stuff with was a
excruciatingly bad
puns or smutty
no-no and
Tour de force It was contrived as the ultimate
torture and it was. Riders set out in the
innuendo. should I HAVE just finished a marvellous book evening and pedalled for over 17 hours,
I mean, would remain about a heroic endeavour by an those that survived that is, as only eight
anyone actually so-so. absolutely mad and supremely talented of 81 reached the finish.
drink a Yellow It was in middle-age writer who set out to follow Racers cried and begged for dry
Snow? the 1970s, the route of the most appalling bike race clothes and salvation.
Or welcome you of course, of all time, the 1914 Giro d’Italia, on a The fearsome ride up the 2000m
with a Citra Ass that wine 100-year-old, wooden-wheeled bicycle mountain Sestriere prompted Moore, as
Down or Monty drinking in with wine corks for brakes, clad in an he laboured up it, to observe that “if
Python’s Holy Grail the UK, and alarming woollen period ensemble, Jesus had been made to ride up Sestriere
ale? particularly topped off with a pair of blue-lensed on frozen gravel with no gears
It’s not just beer, wine Scotland, took off. welding goggles. Christians would now be wearing little
and spirit companies have There was You don’t have to know about bike bikes round their necks”.
joined in. Dry Sack? It sounds like a Hirondelle, sadly now racing, or even how to ride one, to Then there was the night the original
gentleman’s dermatological complaint. gone to the great vineyard in the sky, appreciate Tim Moore’s Gironimo!, part denuded peloton was stuck at a level
What about Anty gin, guaranteed 62 or swallow in Anglais, which was travelogue, an achingly funny read, crossing with the gates down, none of
ants a bottle? Here’s a new one on me, surely honed for the Scottish swallie peppered with ghosts from the past and the riders clocking the one man who
the “exclusive” vodka Porn, which market. tales of Italy’s past and present. ducked under the barriers in the pitch
sounds like an oxymoron but Their advertising campaigns The 1914 Giro comprised just eight black, and was only spotted at the finish.
hopefully doesn’t bring you out in a certainly suggested it, with a kilted stages, around 400km each, which took Moore, who is a couple of cogs short
rash. Jock in a Scotland top out-jumping a the riders from Milan to the toe of Italy of a full chain set, has form for these if
However, if you’ve had enough of Brazilian defender above the legend, and back up the east side on largely hare-brained, quests. A previous book
the double entendres you could go “It’s about as likely as a duff bottle of unmade-up roads and without proper followed a Tour de France route, called
straight for a Balls vodka. Hirondelle”. backup. French Revolutions. No heads rolled.
58 03.05.20

THE Coronavirus latest

Pandemic has now
claimed more than
240,000 lives globally
SOME countries are beginning distancing rules imposed by the
to ease lockdown conditions government when it refused to
amid signs the coronavirus shut down mosques during
outbreak is stabilising. Ramadan, Islam’s fasting month.
Nearly 240,000 people have Khan’s government has also
died with Covid-19, according to suggested it might ease
figures collected by Johns lockdown rules governing retail
Hopkins University in the US. shops ahead of the holiday of
Worldwide, more than 3.3 Eid-al Fitr that marks the end of
million people have been Ramadan, later this month.
infected. Here are the latest
updates from around the world: SOUTH KOREA
SOUTH Korea has reported six
SINGAPORE fresh cases of coronavirus,
SELECTED businesses will be continuing a month-long streak
allowed to reopen from May 12 of below 100.
in a cautious rollback of Infections continue to wane in
Singapore’s two-month partial the hardest-hit city of Daegu,
lockdown to curb the virus where no new cases were
spread. detected. Figures released by
The city-state has seen a sharp South Korea’s Centres for
rise in infections, with 932 new Disease Control and Prevention
cases on Saturday to take its on Saturday brought national
total to 17,101. About 85% of its figures to 10,780 cases and 250
infections are linked to foreign virus-related deaths. At least
workers living in crowded 1,081 cases have been linked to
dormitories. international arrivals, but these
Despite this, the health cases have also declined in
ministry said cases in the local recent weeks as the government
community have declined. It strengthened border controls,
said the average daily infections such as enforcing 14-day
in the community has dropped quarantines on all passengers
by more than half to 12 in the coming from overseas.
past week, while cases with
unknown sources have also SPAIN
fallen to an average of six a day. SPANIARDS are exercising on
the streets for the first time after
CHINA seven weeks of coronavirus
CHINA, where the pandemic lockdown.
began in December, reported Spain, one of the worst-hit
one new infection and no deaths countries in the world with
in the 24 hours until midnight 24,543 deaths and more than
on Friday. The country has 213,000 cases of Covid-19, is
reported a total of 82,875 rolling back restrictions that
confirmed cases and 4,633 helped bring the outbreak under
deaths. The National Health control and save hospitals from
Commission reported 43 people collapse.
were released from hospitals on A huge field hospital the
Friday after being declared military helped to set up at a
recovered, raising the total to Madrid convention centre was
77,685. There were a total 557 closed on Friday, and the
people still in hospital on the Spanish capital has already
mainland. closed a makeshift mortuary the
army had established at an ice
PAKISTAN rink in a shopping centre.
PAKISTAN recorded its highest
single day increase in new Covid-
Since Spain’s lockdown
started on March 14, only adults
Soldiers die
Commercial flights on the way
19 infections with 1,297 cases
reported to bring the total in the
have been able to leave home, for
shopping for food, medicine and in Kashmir as rocket lands successfully
country of 220 million people to other essential goods, and to
18,114. walk dogs close to home. TWO Indian soldiers have VIRGIN Galactic’s spaceship California, Virgin Galactic is
The increase also coincides The lockdown is credited with been killed and another VSS Unity has landed in the close to starting actual
with a growing number of daily succeeding in reducing daily wounded in Pakistani firing New Mexico desert after its first operations at its futuristic
tests being carried out. In the increases of infections from in Kashmir, the Indian glide flight from Spaceport terminal and hangar in southern
last 24 hours Pakistan more than 20% to less than 1%. military has said. America as the company moves New Mexico.
conducted more than 9,000 As restrictions were relaxed Pakistani soldiers targeted towards commercial operations. The company has not set a
tests, also its largest single day on Saturday, people ran, walked, forward posts in the western The company announced the date for the first commercial
testing as it struggles to climb to or rode bicycles under a sunny Uri area along the Line of flight on social media and shared flights but has said it anticipates
daily testing of 20,000 promised sky in Barcelona, where many Control which divides photos of the craft on the doing so in 2020.
nearly two weeks ago by prime flocked to the maritime Kashmir between the two runaway and members of the A small number of test flights
minister Imran Khan. promenade to get as close as countries, said Colonel crew stationed far apart around are needed before Virgin
Even as the number of new possible to the still-off-limits Rajesh Kalia, an Indian army the special carrier plane that Galactic can take paying
cases increases, pictures in local beach. spokesman. ferries the smaller spaceship to customers on supersonic thrill
newspapers showed large The government has set up He said the attack was a high altitude. rides to the lower reaches of
numbers of the faithful attending time slots for age groups and violation of the 2003 After years of development space to experience a few
some of Pakistan’s mosques with activities, and social-distancing ceasefire accord. and testing at Mojave Air and minutes of weightlessness and a
only sporadic signs of the social measures are still in place. Space Port in Mojave, view of the Earth below.

Guest comment

Think of the threat

to good journalism
on World Press Day
By Naomi McAuliffe
OUR right to access accurate
information we can trust is
important at the best of times
but in the midst of a public
health emergency it is critical.
We must protect and
defend the rights of journalists
and news professionals
continuing essential work
because while the state is
exercising unprecedented
power over our lives, the
media is a crucial check and suffered by journalists in
balance. Northern Ireland – the most
We need to know the facts dangerous place to be a
about Covid-19, how to protect journalist in the UK.
ourselves, if the vulnerable are And in a time when
being protected and if the right journalists across the country
decisions are being made at are reporting in unprecedented
the appropriate time. circumstances, claims by
Today is World Press some parliamentarians that the
Freedom Day, and we should media is spreading fear by
take a moment to think of the reporting ineffectual responses
professionals committed to lack legitimacy. Journalists are
bringing us the news – often supposed to hold Government,
despite great personal risk – our elected officials and public
Main image, a and remember that without the policymakers to account. Now
Canadian media investigating stories, more than ever we need our
medical crew highlighting inconvenient press to be free to report the
prepare to truths, and holding reality, however unpalatable it
offload urgent governments to account, the may be, of the overwhelming
supplies from public would be in the dark. numbers of people dying in the
China. From A number of repressive Covid-19 pandemic.
top, a man regimes, including China and And they must be able to
walks past Turkey, have cast the media as gather credible evidence
celebratory the enemy for questioning their where these deaths could have
streamers in response to the coronavirus been prevented. In Scotland,
China marking pandemic, with the US we are concerned about the
Children’s president undermining the emergency extension to
Day, a busy efforts of journalists who responses under Freedom of
promenade in question his frequently erratic Information (FOI) requests.
Barcelona and ideas about Covid-19. While we understand public
bikers chat in In March, the Chinese bodies face capacity issues,
India. government demanded US we have urged the Scottish
journalists from the New York Government to consider the
Times, Wall Street Journal and potential benefits of FOI in
the Washington Post return early identification of problems
their press cards and relating to coronavirus impacts
prohibited them from working on individuals, groups or
A case of now you see as journalists in mainland
China, Hong Kong and Macau,
communities. Investigative
journalists use FOI and if the
100 die in Kim, now you don’t ... effectively expelling them from responses of public bodies to
the country – an example of Covid-19 are based on
NYC home how previously protected restrictions of information, a
KIM Jong-un has made his first who it said is guiding the nation press freedoms are being lack of transparency and
A NURSING home in New public appearance in 20 days in a struggle to build a self-reliant eroded. This was a shameful censorship, they risk
York City has said nearly 100 amid speculation about his economy in the face of “head assault on press freedom undermining the full range of
residents have died after health. wind” by “hostile forces”. targeting reporters who have fundamental human rights as
contracting coronavirus. The North Korean leader cut It was Kim’s first public uncovered numerous human well as public confidence.
The death toll at the the ribbon at the opening of a appearance since April 11, when rights violations in China as We continue to stand with
705-bed Manhattan home fertiliser factory in Sunchon at a he presided over a ruling well as in-depth investigations journalists around the world
has staggered public ceremony with other senior Workers’ Party meeting to into Wuhan’s Covid-19. and call upon authorities to
officials, with mayor Bill de officials. discuss coronavirus and Kim Jong-un Curbs on press freedom can respect the right to freedom of
Blasio calling it “absolutely These included his sister Kim reappoint his sister as an cuts the be seen closer to home as the expression and press freedom.
horrifying”. Yo-jong, who many analysts alternate member of the powerful ribbon at the UK slipped to 35 in last The real enemy is Covid-19,
It is believed the spate of predict would take over if her decision-making Political Bureau opening of a month’s World Press Freedom not the media.
deaths at the Isabella brother is suddenly unable to of the party’s Central Committee. fertiliser Index, a consequence of the „ Naomi McAuliffe is
Geriatric Centre may be the rule. Speculation about his health factory murder of young journalist Lyra Amnesty International
worst nursing home State media said workers at ramped up after he missed the McKee and continuing Scotland’s programme
outbreak yet in the US. the factory broke into April 15 birthday celebration for violence and intimidation director
“thunderous cheers” for Kim, his late grandfather.
60 03.05.20


Business week
Careful lift of
lockdown is
key to steady
recovery for all
By Kristy Dorsey plans, but in all cases this activity is
limited to England and Wales, as the
CONTEMPORARY capitalism wasn’t Scottish Government has yet to give the
working for everyone, even before Covid- green light for building work to resume in
19. The danger now, as we contemplate this country.
the first halting steps towards rebooting Manufacturing also seems set for a
the economy, is that any gains which place in the priority lane, and there will
have been made in narrowing inequality no doubt be a push to get key public
get thrown into sharp reverse. services such as the courts back to a
There have been hints that this week’s semblance of normal.
forthcoming review of UK lockdown The wave thereafter will likely include
measures will result in an extension of retailers, with the likes of Next,
restrictions, possibly to the end of June. Debenhams and John Lewis currently
Somewhat incompatibly, the Prime laying plans to implement supermarket-
Minister has also promised to deliver a style distancing measures when they get
“comprehensive plan” on how lockdown the go-ahead to reopen their stores.
may be eased once Britain is declared Meanwhile, the UK’s army of SMEs –
past the peak of the outbreak. which make up more than 99% of private- complete inequality. The UK’s most
All indications from the First Minister sector firms in Scotland – will be seeking recent Gini score stood at 34.8, having
are that, if anything, Scotland will be guidance on when and how they can get fallen back from a peak of 35.1 at the turn
even more hesitant in removing back to business. of the millennium. But that score stood at
restrictions. Whatever the case may be, Hospitality, entertainment and around 26 in the early 1960s, where it
businesses are now beginning to seriously tourism will be at the back of the queue stayed until the inequality gap started to
ponder how to get back to work. when it comes to the Government’s exit take off in the late 1970s.
Although some are examining plan for getting the economy back up and The marginal improvement managed
innovative ways in which staff could be running.
Businesses are now in the 21st century is now set to be wiped
“decontaminated” before entering a These sectors have been all but beginning to seriously out as the pandemic leads to higher
building, most return plans are founded flattened by the coronavirus outbreak, unemployment in an economy operating
on the social distancing that Government and their workforces – dominated by ponder how to get back at substantially less than full capacity.
leaders have said will need to be those on lower pay, women and the to work ... this could Many of the jobs that have and will be
maintained possibly through to the end young – will get left behind unless we lost tend to pay poorly, and a large
of the year. This could well signal an end take great care in how this economic well signal an end to the proportion of those affected have neither
to the days of hundreds or thousands of
people working from a single building,
recovery is managed.
Since the 1970s, income inequality has
days of hundreds or the skills nor technology to work from
home or retrain for alternative
though in sectors such as banking and risen sharply in most advanced thousands of people employment.
financial services, technology offers
alternatives to centralised workplaces.
economies on the planet. According to
figures from the World Bank, the UK
working from a single The longer the economy remains in low
gear, the deeper become the inequalities
Construction companies will be among ranks among the most unequal nations in building that led to the political and social
the first to resume operations. Some Europe, but is more equal than the US, polarisation at the centre of our culture
employees at Taylor Wimpey are already which is the most divided wealthy nation prior to the Covid-19 emergency.
due to come back this week in what the in the world. Women are disproportionately
housebuilder expects to be a staged This is measured by what is known as represented in low-paying jobs with few
return to 80% capacity within a month. the Gini score, with zero representing benefits, which is exactly where the brunt
Redrow and Persimmon have similar total equality and 100 the reading for of the decline in paid employment is

Dividend concern

BT boss will aim to bounce

back after Covid recovery
BT chief executive Philip Jansen will yield of 13% might be “too good to be
hope his company can bounce back true”.
from coronavirus, as he has from his Analysts expect revenue to drop by
infection several weeks ago. 2.6% to £22.9 billion, with ebitda
The boss, who was confirmed ill (earnings before interest, tax,
with the disease in the middle of depreciation and amortisation) at
March, is expected to present a drop in £7.9bn, a slight increase.
revenue for the financial year. In the third quarter of the year, BT
However, eyes are likely to be firmly posted a decline in profits after
on the company’s dividend when the coughing up in a multi-year rights deal
results hit the market on Thursday. to screen the Champions League and
Analysts are expecting BT to slash its other European leagues.
payment to shareholders for the first CMC Markets analyst Michael
time since 2009. Hewson said that investors will also be
According to an average of 18 looking for signs of progress in the 5G
analysts, the new full-year dividend is segment.
expected to be 14.02p, down from “BT’s biggest problem going forward
15.4p a year earlier. is how much it will cost to roll out fibre
Half the estimates were submitted broadband to four million premises by
after the World Health Organisation 2021, as well as how it will finance the
named coronavirus as a pandemic on £500 million it will cost to roll out 5G
March 12. without cutting the dividend or
BT would become the latest in a long increasing its debt levels substantially,”
line of companies to slash its dividend. he said.
Most dramatically, oil giant Shell Analysts will also look for any
lowered its shareholder payout for the updates on the company’s talks to sell
first time since the Second World War its domestic French business to
earlier this week. Computacenter.
Russ Mould, investment director at The potential deal was flagged by BT
AJ Bell, said that an implied dividend at the end of March.



being felt. And at the same time as they Containing The switch to remote learning will
are losing their incomes, many are also Covid-19 and widen the divide between students from
facing huge increases in care work due to raising the affluent and poorer families.
school closures and the increased needs economy are While connection speeds have been
of elderly relatives. pressing improving, there are still places where
Of course, many men are also facing concerns but access to the internet is sketchy. More
job losses and conflicting demands. But it there needs significant is the fact that not every family
has been estimated that even in the best to be can afford a computer for every child.
of circumstances, women do three times recovery for But even among those who have the
more domestic work than men, making everyone means, anecdotal evidence suggests many
them more likely to be called upon if aren’t tuning into online classrooms.
businesses reopen while schools remain Without some kind of radical catch-up
closed. programme, we’re going to have to accept
One recent study by three economists that a whole generation will have gaps in
points to the impact this is having on their learning.
women’s careers, regardless of The ramifications for their earning
professional status. potential – not to mention the viability of
In it, they found that the productivity the future labour force – can at this time
of female economists – as measured by only be guessed at.
the output of research papers – has fallen Containing Covid-19 and raising the
relative to that of men since the pandemic economy from its knees are the most
began. pressing concerns of the moment. But if
And what of these young people who that isn’t immediately backed up by every
are no longer in school? With what has effort to create a recovery for all, the
become a significant and growing hole in historic events of 2020 risk becoming a
their education, what does their future footnote to some other cataclysm further ]RRPLQOHD¿HWVFRXN‡
hold? down the line.
62 03.05.20

Impact Summit

Shining example of a social enterprise

leading the charge against global poverty
By David Ross
MAKING a difference is the Each mobile
mantra of social enterprises, but charging device
measuring actual impact can be a sold by Jeremie
complex affair. For Jeremie Warner’s firm
Warner of Power a Life, however, Power a Life
it’s as instant as the flick of a funds a solar
switch. light for
Warner, 31, is transforming the children in rural
lives of thousands of school pupils Africa, enabling
in rural Africa through the gift of them to do
light. Buy one of Power a Life’s their homework
mobile charging devices and, in after sunset
return, a child receives a solar light
that enables them to do their
Pictures: Simon Forsythe
homework after sunset in villages or
towns with no electricity.
It’s a simple but life-changing
idea, which makes this year’s
Impact Summit on May 20th the
ideal space for Warner to exhibit his
company. The annual event, which
brings together some of the brightest
business minds from around the
world to exchange ideas, is normally
held in Glasgow, but will this year
be hosted online.
This will be Warner’s second visit
to the summit. At last year’s event,
he announced the delivery of 500
lights to three primary and
secondary schools in rural
Zimbabwe. He and his team
subsequently travelled there to hand
out lights and get a measure of what
difference they were making to the
academic achievements of the
children. The results were startling.
“Kids in Zimbabwe are tested
every two weeks in their core down. That’s the reality for 365 you do a bigger one for us, so now been hit. Father of two Warner,
subjects of English and maths,” days of the year. Electricity really we’re looking at small home solar though, is optimistic. His business
explains Warner. “For those who is the great enabler, so it was a systems. It could have a significant ambition was ignited by the last
received solar lights, there were logical place for us to start.” impact in helping power off-grid financial crash when, as a
improvements across the board. The Power and light have provided communities with renewables.” University of Strathclyde trained
biggest increase was in maths, that launchpad for Warner and his Like just about every other architect, he went to work building
where the class average tripled in tight team of specialists who help business, Power a Life is having to luxury houses in Singapore and
just eight weeks – from 19% to 56%. him design and market the Power cope with the impact of the south-east Asia. community engendered by the
“In Zimbabwe, children who get a Life range of power banks and pandemic. It’s especially frustrating The ‘dream job’, however, turned pandemic will only further
50% in these core subject can mobiles accessories. However, he for Warner as the social enterprise’s somewhat sour when he became enhance the prospects for
graduate to high school. This is the is clear-sighted about the strategy of focusing on the B2B disillusioned with his rich clients social enterprises.
life-changing bit – kids that go on to opportunities Africa can provide – (business-to-business) market as and the contrast between their lives “We had already seen an
high school have higher earning a continent just beginning to opposed to B2C (business-to- and those endured by the appetite among corporates to do
potential, better health, more explore the potential of off-grid consumer) – launched at last year’s Bangladeshi migrant workers on good with their purchasing. I think
opportunities and are more likely to energy solutions powered by Impact Summit – had reached site. the virus will really focus the
lift themselves and their community renewables. escape velocity in sales terms. “There was certainly a feeling minds of corporate customers who
out of poverty.” “Mini-grids, off-grids and solar During 2019, the company’s that when the whole world was will want to support charities, the
The idea of gifting light was the farms – that’s where we want to power banks for mobiles and falling apart around us as the rich NHS or communities further
result of weeks of research living end up. What we’re super excited laptops sold in the thousands stay rich and the poor stay poor. I afield through the likes of us.”
with villagers in Senegal. Warner about is that the gift of light for rather than hundreds as they broke wanted to use the design skills I And that can only be good news
knew he wanted to make a kids creates really big markets for into the corporate market, which learnt at Strathclyde to power the for eager to learn schoolchildren in
difference but wasn’t sure exactly us with follow on products. resulted in a corresponding poor and not the rich,” he explains. Africa. Power a Life has a stated
how to create it. “It’s no strings attached, we’re increase in the number of solar Hence the buy-to-give ethos of aim to deliver 100,000 solar lights
“We went in with no doing this to empower the kids, so lights they can deliver to Power a Life, a model that hits the to the continent by 2022.
preconceived ideas, a completely they can be safe when they come Zimbabwean schools. spot with the younger consumer “We had some pretty significant
blank canvas. We sat in meetings home from school and get better But the pandemic has halted air cohort that includes millennials momentum, a real head of steam
with villagers to better understand grades, but mum and dad might shipments to Africa for the time and Generation Z. Warner also before the virus hit, so we’re still
their challenges and initially say that’s quite a handy light, can being, and sales have inevitably believes the greater sense of going to do our utmost to get to
considered two or three dozen that number,” says Warner, before
enterprises – from granaries to adding: “Let’s say we’ll aim for the
irrigation projects and healthcare. stars to land on the moon.”
“But one of the biggest shocks to
the system was living completely For those who received solar lights, there were To see the full schedule of
off-grid, so no charging facilities for improvements across the board. The biggest increase Impact Summit keynotes and the
our laptops or devices or no way of virtual exhibitor marketplace,
doing work when the sun goes was in maths where the class average tripled go to
64 03.05.20
COMMENT Sport/Sunday, May 3, 2020 65

Limited expectations and

the ability to dream big
HE most team a first major trophy in 23 The sense of mourning
important lesson years. Oh no. among Saints fans, however,
in life is to always Instead it was, “how do we as they bade farewell to “the
travel in hope f*** this up from here?” best manager in our history”
rather than And they were right to be centred on one achievement in
expectation. That fatalistic as Kenny Miller particular.
way, the almost inevitable headed in the only goal of the Chances are that few of
disappointment that follows final with just six minutes them headed to Celtic Park for
isn’t quite as crushing. A remaining. It was one of the 2014 Scottish Cup Final
cheery thought for these many moments in decades of against Dundee United feeling
troubled times. watching football when there hugely confident. It was St
It is a motto that applies to was zero satisfaction to be Johnstone’s first ever final in
all walks of life but perhaps derived from being proved that competition and only their
works best for fans of smaller correct. third overall. And they had lost
football clubs (or, as it’s known In the taxi back to Paisley the previous two in the League
in Scotland, everyone but that day, the driver, rather Cup.
Celtic). foolishly, tried to add some On that day, though, it
It is a peculiar phenomenon levity to the proceedings. would prove to be the Wright
to willingly spend thousands of “Was that your equivalent man at the right time as the
pounds on a pursuit knowing of 9-11, lads?” he offered, Northern Irishman delivered
there is a decent chance it will thinking this was a good time the club’s first major trophy in
only bring you misery and pain to be trying out new material. its 130-year history.
of a Saturday evening. A form It took all the energies of the And while there will be
of self-masochism, really. And other four of us to stop my debates on the merits of
yet that doesn’t stop people mate’s dad from climbing into Danny Lennon celebrates after St Mirren won the League Cup Wright’s tenure and who might
doing it season after season. the front seat to deliver his succeed him, it is that success
Perhaps they’re just into that
kind of thing.
answer directly to the driver’s
face. GRAEME They do so in the hope that
one day the stars will align
six years ago that most Saints
fans will remember whenever

Years of exposure to Too soon, mate, too soon. and it will eventually turn they look back on their former
mediocrity leads to the But it isn’t always all out OK. And that is usually manager’s legacy.
development of a worse-case- doom and gloom. For there enough to cling on to season To them, Wright will always
scenario mindset. So when, for is a positive flipside to being after season. be the man who finally
example, Rangers had two men internally wired to expect your Trophy-winning heroes ended more than a century of
sent off in the 2010 League football team to disappoint emerge so rarely at these disappointment and under-
Cup Final with the game you at every turn. And it is the clubs that they are cherished achievement and vindicated
still scoreless, the immediate element of surprise. forever. That St Mirren their decision to keep trotting
thought of almost every single On the precious few League Cup-winning team of out to McDiarmid Park every
St Mirren fan at Hampden occasions when it somehow 2013 will never be forgotten second weekend, for better but
was not that this would surely goes wonderfully right rather in the town, just like their often for worse.
now virtually guarantee their than horribly wrong then it predecessors who lifted the Winning the cup not only
creates among a stunned fan Scottish Cup in 1926, 1959 lifted the spirits of the long-
base a wonderful concoction of and 1987. No matter what suffering St Johnstone fans
shock and delirium. else they did in their careers, but gave hope to football
Three years on from that or who else they played for, supporters all around the
Hampden horror show, St delivering success against country. For if they could do it,
Mirren found a way to beat the odds guarantees them then why not us?
Celtic in the semi-final and immortality. And so a year later it was

All those then Hearts in the final to lift

the trophy that had previously
eluded their grasp.
It was not difficult, then, to
detect a whiff of wistfulness
as St Johnstone announced
Inverness Caley Thistle’s turn.
And then Hibernian finally
ended their cup hoodoo, in the

heartaches In an instant, all those

other heartaches and
disappointments were
yesterday morning that
manager Tommy Wright was
to leave the club.
same year that Ross County
also won their first ever trophy
in the League Cup. All days

were forgotten about.

And that is the real reason
supporters of the so-called
The SPFL’s third-longest
serving boss is moving on
after seven mostly successful
that fans of these clubs will
never forget.
Supporting a struggling
forgotten diddy clubs continue to trudge
loyally to games year after
year for ever-diminishing
seasons in Perth that delivered
regular European football and
top-six finishes often against
team is always easier if you do
so with limited expectations.
But it’s usually OK to dream a
returns. the odds. little bit, too.

Sport quiz Aberdeen in November 1986?

3 With which club in 2013 did
Scotland striker Oliver McBurnie
in a European Cup semi final for
two Scottish clubs?
6 Who is the only player since the
for Kilmarnock in their three
League Cup final appearances of
2001,2007 & 2012?
Jardine, Willie Mathieson, Alex
1 Which three Scots were 9 Who remains the last player to
2018/19) 10 Peter McCloy, Sandy
begin his career in English Millennium to score in an FA Cup 8 Garry Hay 9 John Souttar (v Israel,
members of the Tottenham football? final and also play in Scottish be ordered off when appearing for (Arsenal, Celtic) 7 Chelsea, 1971, 1998
Hotspur League and FA Cup 4 Who in 2002 scored the football? the Scotland international team? Dundee (1963) 6 Freddie Ljungberg
“Double” winning side of quickest goal in only 10.8 7 Which was the only British club 10 Which five men played in all Gordon Smith, Hibernian (1956),
1960/61? seconds in the history of the to win the ECWC on two nine matches during Rangers Hakan Suker (Turkey v S Korea) 5
2 Which man succeeded Alex World Cup tournament? occasions? successful ECWC campaign of 2 Ian Porterfield 3 Bradford City 4
5 Who is the only player to appear 8 Who was the only man to play
1 Bill Brown,John White & Dave McKay
Ferguson as manager of 1971/72?
66 Sport/Sunday, May 3, 2020 RUGBY UNION

Mallinder I’m trying to

vows to be get my head

around a lot
of different
calm head in topics

SRU set-up
affect rugby worldwide and by
talking to other people around
the world it really does look
like finances are going to be
stretched,” he says.
“Youngster-wise and
development-wise, it might not
DAVID BARNES be a bad thing. So, looking at
positives from this: is this an

FTER several opportunity to be playing more
months serving youngsters and giving them
his notice as a more game time? Those are
“performance the sorts of questions we are
pathway coach” asking ourselves when looking
with the English at our squads at the moment.”
RFU, Jim Mallinder arrived “At the top end, we can’t
at Murrayfied as the new get away from winning,”
director of performance in he continues. “But there’s a
January, and he has had an development piece underneath
eventful few months. that, and that’s where the
No sooner was he through academies, Super6 and
door than a huge row erupted Jim Mallinder had not long joined Scottish Rugby when the FInn Russell dispute broke out the sevens are very, very
when star man Finn Russell important. Because we’ve only
walked out on the Scotland hoping to take my time to that strength in depth, and even bigger problem thundered got a small cohort of players
training camp just two weeks assess all aspects of the certainly Finn Russell is an over the horizon – and this compared with some of the
before the Six Nations kick-off. set-up – I’m trying to get my outstanding player we want time he needed to take a far other nations we compete
Throughout it all, Mallinder head around a lot of different to have involved playing for more active role as a key man against, so we really need to be
– whose job involves overseeing topics and areas – but I’d like Scotland again.” in the negotiations over the onto it and develop our players
all performance rugby from to think that I’ve been a help When they look back in furloughing and wage cuts as well as we possibly can.”
Super6 and the academies to Gregor,” says the 54-year- years to come, both Russell that players had to accept A key component of this is
right up to the national team old former Sale Sharks, and Townsend will hopefully as a consequence of the going to be closer alignment
– kept his head down publicly, Northampton Saints and be able to concede that neither Covid-19 pandemic. His soft between the academies and
which was an ominous sign England Saxons head coach. side handled the situation touch appears to have gone a the pro teams. “The process
for those who remember his “He has a number of people well – but the outcome has not long way towards smoothing has come to a bit of a halt with
predecessor Scott Johnson’s he uses as sounding boards been disastrous. Both parties the way in that potentially the current situation, however
refusal to engage with the and I’m just there to help. I have made encouraging noises problematic process. once we get up and moving,
outside world and the mistrust can talk to him about strategy, about a closer understanding Mallinder reckons he would we’ll be looking to align Stage
that generated. team tactics, coaches, coaching of each other, and Adam have needed a year to get his 3 academy players very much
But unlike Johnson – who philosophy and also about Hastings has now had head round the job, but he closer to the professional
was known to have a “my way players. [So] my main dealings valuable time in the saddle as recognises that timeframe is teams. I think that will be a
or the highway” approach – the are with Gregor as opposed to part of a Scotland team which now out the window. He is, real benefit to everyone,” he
new man’s attitude was that the players. generally showed marked however, determined to use explains.
he needed to trust the head “He clearly sets the vision improvements from their a bad situation to achieve a Cynics will point to the
coach to handle the situation. and the way forward he wants World Cup performances. positive result by creating a recruitment by Edinburgh of
His lack of engagement that national team to go, and Not that Mallinder got more sustainable model for two Australian inside-backs
shouldn’t be mistaken for a he will ultimately pick his to sit back and enjoy the Scottish professional rugby. last week as evidence that
lack of action, he stresses. side. What we both want is all resolution of the first crisis “We don’t quite know how promoting native talent is
“I came in in January and our best players playing for of his tenure, because before bad it [Covid-19] is going to not a priority, but Mallinder
had a couple of months really Scotland, and we want to have the Six Nations was over an be but I think it is going to promises that young Scottish
talent will also be added to the
pro team rosters in the coming

Beaumont re-elected for second term weeks, with stars of the

Under-20s side such as Nathan
Chamberlain and Ewan
Ashman [who are currently
SIR Bill Beaumont has fought the head of the governing mandate to work with Bernard aligned to English academies]
off competition from Agustin body for the next four years, to implement progressive, the most obvious targets.
Pichot to be re-elected as the having started the role in 2016, sustainable change. “I am personally aware of all
World Rugby chairman for a and his primary task will be to “As an organisation, we must Sir Bill those players. The ideal is to
second term. lead the sport’s response to lead, be transparent, Beaumont bring them back up to Scotland
Beaumont won a slim 28-23 the Covid-19 crisis. accountable and continue to has held and to get them playing in
majority in the vote ahead of He said: “Over the last four serve for all. We must be on to his the pro teams. I’ll be working
his vice-chairman Pichot, who years we have achieved a lot, united in our drive to make this post as as hard as I can on that” he
will be replaced by Frenchman but we are at half-time and great sport even better, World promises. “I don’t want to steal
Bernard Laporte. need to press on in the simpler, safer and more Rugby anyone’s thunder, but you
The 68-year-old will stay at second half. I now have a clear accessible.” president will be seeing, in the next few
weeks, some announcements.”
COMMENT Sport/Sunday, May 3, 2020 67

Kerr goes from silverware

to searching for silver lining
T is less than two away to Cyprus and at home when it runs out next year.
months since Shelley to Portugal, with the fifth and “Phil brought a lot of kudos
Kerr and her backroom sixth to follow in June against to the role,” Kerr pointed
staff, along with the Albania and Finland. out. “He definitely raised the
domestic players in Not only have these games profile and support for the
Scotland’s squad, flew been written off, but the England women’s team. They
back from Alicante to Euro finals in England have also played one of their best
Glasgow. On the very same themselves been put back 12 45 minutes against us in the
day – March 11 – the World months until 2022. Despite World Cup.
Health Organisation accorded this, UEFA now want all “He’s obviously been
Covid-19 pandemic status. the qualifying groups to be scrutinised because of his
None of us on that packed concluded by December 1 results, but he’s in a situation
EasyJet flight had the slightest this year, and have allocated where he hasn’t been been
inkling of what was to follow. international dates in playing competitive games
Murcia, where Scotland September, October and since the World Cup (because
had beaten Ukraine, Iceland late November for this to be England, as hosts, are not
and Northern Ireland to achieved. involved in Euro qualifying).
win the Pinatar Cup, had That, of course, is dependent That’s very difficult and
– unbelievably in retrospect on factors outwith the control challenging.
– yet to record its first of mere footballing authorities. “I can’t comment on other
coronavirus case. Nevertheless, Kerr must people’s contracts, but I liked
But while it had already proceed as if the rescheduled him. I spent a bit of time
started to take a grim hold qualifiers will be played. chatting to him and I could
in other parts of Spain, few If nothing else, they hold talk football with him all day.
of us took much notice of out the promise that sport can “He’s got a great manner and
reports that cases had also once again take its place in wanted to succeed and win
been recorded in the UK. society. things with England. That’s in
Footballers in Scotland being Looking back on those blue his character and it’s what he
told not to shake hands after sky March days in Murcia, Scotland head coach Shelley Kerr still has to plan for qualifiers knew as a player.
games? A bit over the top. That the Scotland head coach “If you’re the manager of
was the thinking at the time.
Well, we all know differently
said: “You’ve gone on a really
successful trip, built up some ALAN because the clubs have to be
back playing first. All we can
the USA or England you’re
expected to win, and you

now. The solitary round of momentum, and within days do is focus on making sure have the expectations of the
Scottish Building Society things had escalated to a point everyone is healthy and safe, nation on your shoulders all
SWPL1 matches played in where you knew about the and not getting too far ahead the time. I thought some of
February remain the only severity of a global pandemic. of ourselves.” the criticism he received was
domestic league activity of “My honest opinion is There are, as Kerr inferred, unjustified, because you have
2020. A restart in August looks that football is the least of many potential problems to experiment, especially when
the most optimistic outcome. everybody’s priorities at the which may torpedo UEFA’s you’re not playing competitive
The future for Kerr and the moment, but UEFA have revised plans, including the games.”
international team is similarly changed the windows, which issue of whether non-essential
uncertain, just as it is for now go up to December 1. At international travel will be
football almost everywhere the moment the stipulation is permitted in September.
in Europe (Belarus, where that all the qualifiers have to As for the group itself,
competitive games are still be played by then, with the leaders Finland have only
being played, being the glaring play-offs in April 2021. four games to play. Scotland
exception). “We’re liaising with the other and third-place Portugal both
By now Scotland should
have played their third and
fourth Euro 2021 qualifiers,
nations in our group, even
although the least priority
now is international football
have six – so will face double-
headers in each of the three
liaising with
IKE many coaches in
women’s football, Kerr
has a high regard for
Phil Neville. the other
The former Manchester
United and Everton player
will no longer lead England
into their home Euros as his
PROUD TO SUPPORT WOMEN’S FOOTBALL contract is not being renewed

De Bruyne KEVIN De Bruyne has admitted

he will consider his future if
Manchester City’s two-year ban
“serious breaches” of UEFA’s
Financial Fair Play regulations
but have appealed against the
Belgium internationalist said he
trusted the club as they insist
they have done nothing wrong
are going to appeal and they
are almost 100 hundred per
cent sure they are right. That’s
may consider from European competition
stands, but suggested he could
stay at the Etihad Stadium even
punishment to the Court of
Arbitration for Sport.
There has been much
and can get the ban
“I’m just waiting,” De Bruyne
why I’m waiting to see what will
happen. I trust my team.
“Once the decision is made, I
City future if he faced a year out of the
Champions League.
speculation over the future of
key players such as De Bruyne
said in an interview with
Belgian newspaper Het Laatste
will review everything. Two
years would be long, but in the
City were hit with the ban for if the ban stands, but the Nieuws. “The club told us they case of one year I might see.”
68 Sport/Sunday, May 3, 2020 FOOTBALL

Smith Could clubs rely on a system which replaces Edouard

hard-line JAMES

ALAN TEMPLE Carmona is pacing
the floor. Every so
TYNECASTLE legend Henry often the
Smith reckons Ann Budge conversation is
rattled Hearts players with punctuated by the
her no-nonsense approach to sound of a table tennis ball
cost-cutting. However, he is being dispatched across a
adamant they will have gained table in his deserted office in
the respect of supporters by Madrid. He handles questions
eventually agreeing to slash with a similar dexterity,
their salaries. employing the speed and
Budge initially sent a forth- authority of a man who is
right email to staff last month used to having answers at his
informing them that they fingertips.
would be required to take a “I cannot stand still when I
50-per-cent wage drop after the am speaking on the phone. I’m
Covid-19 outbreak brought a actually here alone because of
halt to Scottish football. the pandemic, I’m not playing
The leeway afforded by gov- with anybody. I’m just serving
ernment support schemes al- like an idiot.”
lowed her to alter that to be- An idiot he most certainly
tween 10 and 30 per cent, but isn’t. The energetic 30-year-old
a group of rebels continued to graduated in statistics from
push for deferrals – like city the University of Arizona in
rivals Hibs – rather than cuts. 2012 before taking on a role
However, Budge, who was with the NBA in London at
willing to use Clause 12 to sus- the age of 23. Today he is the
pend contracts if necessary, chief executive of Driblab, a
won an increasingly ugly battle data-analytics consultancy
when the squad signed up to which last season boasted a
the measures earlier this week. number of Premier League,
Smith believes Budge’s meth- Bundesliga and La Liga clubs,
ods may have ruffled a few including Valencia and Celta

feathers in the dressing room Vigo, among its clients. Since
but says the outcome is the the outbreak of coronavirus
right one. he has added further clubs
He said: “Ann [Budge] is a and with normal life likely to
businesswoman and she didn’t be restricted for some time to
earn all her money by not un- come, his business could be
derstanding financial realities. invaluable for clubs looking
“She was the first person for an edge over their rivals.
to realise the severity of the He cites Celtic as one who
situation, look at wage cuts already employ best practice
and put that to the players and but believes others in Scotland Our fee is not excessive; it markets that both clubs might such as Serbia, Austria and
staff. would benefit from his service. could be afforded by most be expected to look in based Belgium, you do find very good
“Was she a bit abrupt? Yes, “Full disclosure, we had Scottish Premiership teams.” on budget, availability and players. For example, there is
perhaps. The approach was a meeting with Celtic about Carmona specialises in competition from elsewhere. one guy at Partizan Belgrade,
harsh at times and maybe the a year and a half ago,” says finding specific players It comes as something of a who according to our model,
players hadn’t seen that from Carmona. “Since then they to a set of characteristics surprise when the closest match is 90.2-per-cent similar in his
her before, and that’s why went with a different platform that clubs require for their in type to Edouard is a name production, he’s 23-years-old
things were a little messy. as I understand, even though respective systems. Given the from Rangers’ recent past. and his name is Umar Sadiq.
“But she didn’t get her we are are not a platform per uncertainty surrounding the “Using Driblab’s similarity “He’s very similar
money by being nicey-nicey and se. What has impressed me futures of both Edouard and tool in other leagues, if we performance [to Edouard] in
I’m glad the players have come with Celtic in the last few Alfredo Morelos at Old Firm take away the top five leagues Serbia [but] if he played for
round in the end.” years is they have spent more rivals Rangers, it is worth – because it would be very Rangers it’s very unlikely that
Smith, third in Hearts’ all- money than they have in asking him for a sample of hard to find someone like Celtic would buy him.”
time appearances list with 476 prior years – on players like players that might serve as him in Spain, France, Italy et Certainly, if you watch
outings, insists it was vital that Edouard and a few others. replacements. cetera – if you look at minor YouTube footage of Sadiq
supporters saw their heroes Some of their signings have He limits his search to the leagues in continental Europe at Partizan, he looks a
agree to the sacrifice during a been very good. The club has player transformed and the
time of global crisis. been prolific in producing similarities with Edouard
He continued: “The support- players and also selling to are there, but memories of
ers have bailed the club out a
couple of times now and there
could be a feeling on the board
the better Premier League
clubs and they always remain
The club has the Nigerian’s performance
in the Betfred Cup semi-final
against Aberdeen in 2018
that it’s time for the players
to give back to them and help
“We work as a consultancy,
we are not a software, even been prolific in and his repeated clashes with
Gerrard might prove hard to
keep the club afloat.
“The fans will see them
taking the wage cut and respect
though we have our own
internal software. We do
create bespoke models for the
producing and shift for Neil Lennon and Nick
“If you go to the next option,
them for it.
“After a poor season of re-
sults, that will do a lot to get
clubs; no two clubs are the
same, clubs have different
approaches, different models
selling players you find a player in Austria
called Shon Weismann who
plays at Wolfsberger. He’s
the supporters back onside.” about fitting different needs. similar this season. You find
FOOTBALL Sport/Sunday, May 3, 2020 69
with Sadiq and Morelos with Larsson? ‘Saints better off
after spending less’
ST MIRREN manager Jim
Goodwin reckons the club are
in a better position than the
top teams to deal with the
financial impact of the
coronavirus – because they do
not shell out thousands of
pounds on wages.
Goodwin has revealed that
some members of his squad are
on £500 per week contracts, a Saints manager Jim Goodwin
big difference from the likes
of Aberdeen, who he believes positioned than some of the
spend around £3000 every other clubs out there.
seven days on just one player. “By other clubs I mean
The Dons even admitted in the likes of Aberdeen, Hibs,
March that they were facing Hearts, Celtic and Rangers.
£5m of outgoings with no cash “I think the big clubs will be
coming the other way. And more affected by what’s going
former Saints captain Goodwin on than some of the other ones
is keeping his fingers crossed because we’re in a position
St Mirren can emerge from the where we don’t offer long-term
lockdown relatively unscathed. contracts to players anyway,
He said: “Of course we’re we didn’t have players on vast
all realists at the end of the amounts of money.
day and we see the restraints “We’ve got players on £500
under all the clubs. and upwards but when you
“I don’t want my budget look at the likes of Aberdeen,
being slashed unnecessarily who are talking about burning
but we have to do what’s best £1m a month at the moment
for the club. and probably players sitting
“Without calling ourselves on £3000 per week – that can
a small club, but I think really be a difficult one for a lot
clubs like ourselves are better of those bigger clubs I think.”

Doidge used to
empty stadiums
playing in an empty stadium
an Argentine name in the in 2017. But, according to he is 88.9-per-cent similar would be nothing new –
Belgian league, Facundo Driblab’s results, Celtic would based on his last season in because he did it every week
Colidio, who was at Sint- need to find a new way of Sweden. in Wales.
Truidense [on-loan from Inter playing to incorporate him as a “The next one would be The Hibs attacker starred in
Milan] and if you go down the direct replacement for Edouard. Hwang Hee-chan [RB Salzburg] the part-time ranks in his
list you find players like David “He is a different type of who I am assuming would homeland after being
Okereke at Club Brugges; player. He is more of a pressing be unobtainable in terms of released by Southampton
those are players who, given forward. He is very good at financial capacity because, and then Bristol Rovers as a
normal circumstances, could finding open space, he looks to as you know, Salzburg have teenager.
come to the league and score a have certain traits that need to developed players that work out Doidge juggled day jobs as Striker Christian Doidge
fair amount of goals.” be developed, like his creativity, in later years.” a community policeman, a
With two of the above, and then you also find that It is the speed of the searches builder and a barman with Doidge recalled: “When I
Weismann and Okereke, linked there are traits that he doesn’t that impresses most, something leading the line for nearby first starting playing back in
with moves to the English have that are very hard to Carmona is keen to emphasise. minnows Cymbran Celtic and Wales at 18 or 19, after being
Premier League, Celtic might develop, like dribbling power.” “It can save clubs a lot of Croesyceiliog. released by Bristol Rovers, I
be in danger of being priced It takes a few seconds to time and money when it comes And while the formative played at pretty much the
out of a deal especially when bring up a list of potential to scouting and it can turn spell helped Doidge lowest level you can play in
they spent big on a striker in replacements for Morelos and, the club from being reactive rediscover his love for the the Welsh league set-up.
the winter window. However, again, there is a familiar to proactive in terms of the game, the towering forward “We got about 10 guys
asked whether Patryk Klimala name: Jordan Larsson, the son data that can really help. For has revealed that fixtures coming to watch, and three of
might be the answer, Carmona of Celtic legend Henrik, now example, you just gave me regularly took place in front them were just walking their
is doubtful. at Spartak Moscow after a Alfredo Morelos and I came of sparse crowds. dogs – so being behind
The £4m January signing stellar season at Norkopping in back with a list in a second. And he could find himself in closed doors would be
from Polish side Jagiellonia Sweden. I just looked in our internal front of deserted stands once nothing new to me!
Bialystock struggled for “I know who his father is so software and came up with more if football in Scotland “I’m not a fan of the idea, if
minutes following his arrival, that’s probably not happening!” a list; therefore that could resumes behind closed I’m honest, but you’ve got to
much as Edouard did when laughs Carmona. “If you be given to scouts who could doors, which seems do what you’ve got to do in
he found himself stuck behind want to sign another young watch them on video, try to increasingly likely in light of these times. And if that’s what
the more established Moussa player that could perform [like watch them live, instead of predictions about when mass is required to continue the
Dembele when he joined Celtic Morelos], Larsson would be the watching games just trying to gatherings will be allowed. football, then I’ll do it.”
from Paris Saint-Germain No.1 in terms of similarities, find a player at random.”
70 Sport/Sunday, May 3, 2020 FOOTBALL

SFA chief
Petrie calls
on Scottish
You can’t expect
football to
be realistic
to switch on the
Tommy Wright has quit Saints
with aims lights and pick
Wright feels
timing is right
up where we
to call time on
Saints career left off
OW do you
maintain hope
in a desperate
JOHN McGILL without
TOMMY Wright admits leav- unrealistic expectations? The
ing St Johnstone was not easy greatest moral conundrum of
but thinks it is the “right time” these times is one that has
as he ended his seven-year been troubling leaders and
tenure as manager. governing bodies all around
The Northern Irishman led the world for a while now.
the Perth side to their first ever Rod Petrie is walking that
Scottish Cup success in 2014 and tightrope, too. The Scottish
guided the club to several top-six FA president could never be
places in the Premiership. mistaken for a happy-go-lucky
Wright took over in June idealist but, as he tries to lay
2013, after initially joining as out a framework for football’s
assistant to Steve Lomas in eventual return, he is shrewd
2011, and still had two years enough to appreciate there
left on his current contract. must also be a reef of optimism
Plans were already in place for people to cling to amid the
to leave the club at the end seemingly endless waves of
of the campaign, and he has pragmatic caution.
decided now is the time to part When exactly the remaining
company during the coronavi- Scottish Cup fixtures and
rus lockdown. the national team’s Euro
Speaking to Saints TV, 2020 play-off with Israel will
Wright said: “It was extremely take place, Petrie cannot
difficult, obviously being at the say. Perhaps not even this
club so long I’ve got a lot of feel- year. Like everyone else, the
ings for the club, lots and lots former Hibernian chairman the importance of what ambition and we can identify the government is in terms
of happy memories and worked will be guided in that process football clubs do within their the stepping stones that we of the emergency footing that
with a lot of good people both on by scientists, medics and communities in terms of help, need to hit to get there. NHS Scotland is on.
the pitch and off the pitch. government officials. well-being and for young “That is a very constructive “That is currently in place
“It was something that was But, when the time is people working in schools. thing we can do at the moment until June 10 and it would be
being considered for a while, right, sport will return. “Football can be a great without giving false hope that good to know whether it is
even as far back as at the end And it will bring, in Petrie’s ambassador for a healthy it will happen before it is safe going to continue and we will
of the season when we finished words, “the joy, the impact, lifestyle and engage with the and before it is the right time.” all still be facing the Stay at
eighth (in 2017-18). the entertainment and the community at a whole host of The next step for Petrie Home message. Until we get to
“We sort of made a decision engagement” as before. levels. So it would be good for will be a virtual conference that point where the NHS is
to see if over the next couple of “It is a very delicate football to be up and running with Sports Minister Joe not on emergency footing then
years we could bring the age of balance,” he conceded. “You the way we remember it. Fitzpatrick on Tuesday. we can’t expect our training
the squad down and it might be can’t expect to switch on the “We have to be realistic that “We want him to understand centres to reopen and our
time for me to move on. Fortu- lights and pick up from where the way we remember it won’t what we are doing and equally programme of work leading
nately, we have done that.” we left off. Players have had happen any time soon. But it would be good to hear from to competitive football being
He added: “It’s a tough job. a significant period with very that can be our aim and our him what the latest view from played.
People don’t give you sympathy little in terms of conditioning “There are experts who say

The way we
being in football management, other than what they’ve done that is about a seven-week
but it’s 365 days and 24 hours themselves. So we’ve got this lead-in period by the time
a day and I just felt that this whole lead-up in terms of how you get the training centre

remember it
season, if we did well, it would to put ourselves in a position open. Can you create a safe
have been the perfect time for to play games when it’s safe to environment for coaching staff
me to leave the club in a really do so amid the restrictions that and others and then through
strong position.
“The future is really bright
on the pitch. I won’t be the one
are there.
“We understand the joy, the
impact, and the entertainment
won’t happen to training, fitness, playing
bounce games and getting up
to a competitive footing?”
that will take the team forward
but I think that could be good,
not only for me but for the club
and the engagement that
playing games provides for
supporters up and down the
any time soon There are financial
considerations, too. There
is only so long clubs can
and team as well.” country. We also understand survive without money coming
FOOTBALL Sport/Sunday, May 3, 2020 71

Wilson admits no
decision has been
made on Hagi move
RANGERS have not yet made
a decision on whether or not to
sign Ianis Hagi on a
permanent deal once his loan
contract expires – but sporting
director Ross Wilson says that
he and the coaching staff are
delighted with what they have
seen from the on-loan
Hagi was recruited from
Genk in the January transfer
window until the end of the
2019/20 season and particularly
caught the eye during Rangers’
dramatic 3-2 win over Braga
at Ibrox in February, scoring Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson is impressed with Hagi
twice as Steven Gerrard’s side
roared back from a 2-0 deficit. issuing commands over which
The Premiership club have
an option to sign the 21-year-
players to attempt to sign, he
is adamant that identifying Falkirk to offer
old for a predetermined fee,
which has led to calls from
players must be done with
input from Steven Gerrard and
season ticket
supporters for Rangers to make
the move a permanent one.
his backroom team. A team
approach, he stresses, is the
holders refund
Wilson says that no decision best route to success. GARY Deans has revealed
has been made one way or the “We have got a really clear Falkirk are set to offer
other yet but reckons the son of way that we want to work,” out-of-pocket fans a refund
Romania legend Gheorghe has Wilson said. “Whether it’s because the season was
made the most of his stint in Steven, myself or the coaches brought to a premature
Govan so far. we talk to, I think we have got a end.
“We’ve not made a decision really clear identity about what But the chairman admits
yet,” Wilson said. “We are in we want to look like as a team. he hopes supporters
regular contact with Ianis, as “It’s really important to stress decide to turn down the
we are with all of the players. that what Rangers are looking cash to help the club
He made a fantastic impact and for in the market is not my through the financial
we’re really happy with him. profile or my opinion of a player. fallout from the
“He is on loan until the end That should be the same for all coronavirus pandemic.
in through the turnstiles, will be money out of the next of season, so whether that’s the sporting directors wherever Some clubs, including
although Petrie revealed the television deal. Clubs have end of May, the end of June or they work across the game. I’m Partick Thistle and Stirling
Scottish FA would support been sensible in trying to limit whenever that comes, Ianis will very rarely out looking at any Albion, have decided to
them as much as possible. their outgoings and we have to be here and minimally on loan players. That’s the job of the offer money back to
The governing body, though, try and help them. until the end of that period. We head of recruitment and the season-ticket holders who
has also been weakened itself “The SFA is like every other have got an exclusive option on scouting team. Irrespective of were denied home games
by the postponement of three business and had to look at him that was agreed at the time. what manager you’re working after football was halted on
Scottish Cup ties and the its own position. We took the We have got a little bit of time for, the clear idea is to identify March 13, while Rangers
Israel game all of which would view, regrettably, to furlough before we need to take that. players that meet the manager’s have proposed a £25
have played out in front of staff and to ask those who “We have got a really good philosophy voucher. But Deans and his
bumper Hampden crowds. were working from home relationship with him, a really “One of Steven’s biggest fellow directors are also
“Our ambition and objective also to take a pay cut. I’m good relationship with his strengths is that he is an discussing alternative ways
is to ensure that we can get all very grateful to everybody agent and his dad. That’s gone outstanding communicator. of compensating fans.
clubs through the pandemic,” within the Scottish FA who really well and it’s been a very I said when I came here that He said: “We want to pull
added Petrie. has done that and made successful loan for us so far. one of the reasons I had to together a package that
“That’s why it was important their contribution to Scottish “I think he’s found a place at deliberate before I joined was reflects there were four
to start releasing money to football. Yes, we’ve lost Rangers where he’s felt loved. because I had such a strong home games that people
clubs. In the last few days, revenue but these games will He can feel the size of the club relationship with Ralph didn’t see that they had paid
the SFA has made an advance come at some point. and he loves the intensity and Hasenhuttl at Southampton. for. We’ve not concluded
payment to clubs, money that “We are very keen to the pressure of the crowd. “We’re really close friends one way or another, but
would have come to them later understand the hardship “He conducted that famous as well as colleagues and one might it be an option to say,
in the year. The SPFL have that our clubs are in during interview after the Braga game of the big reasons for that is ‘If you want a refund, you
now got to a point where prize this and ways in which we where he was so happy to be that we were really aligned can get a refund’.
money has been distributed can contribute. That is why here. That’s the type of kid he in everything that we did. “But what I want to do is
in the Championship, League we have taken the measures is. Everybody has got a really It would have been difficult also say ‘if you don’t need
One and League Two. we have to curtail our own good relationship with him.” for me to leave that manager the money and you want to
“A decision on the outgoings; to try and preserve As Rangers’ sporting behind to join one that I didn’t be able to help us then
Premiership hasn’t been the monies we have as they’ve director, much of Wilson’s time feel aligned with and Steven is reinvest it and help us
made yet but we know when got to be there to help clubs at is spent on the recruitment side outstanding at communicating going forward.’”
we do get back playing there the right time.” of the game. But rather than exactly what he wants.”
SCOTTISH FA president Rod
Toughest of
SRU performance director on
Finn fall-out then shutdown. P66

Pe t r i e s ay s t h i s s e a s o n ’ s
Scottish Cup will definitely be
played to a conclusion – and

hasn’t ruled out Murrayfield as
a possible semi-final venue.
The former Hibernian chair-
man has revealed the tourna-

ment – the final of which was
originally set for this Saturday
– wouldn’t be declared null and

void. He also said there was no
prospect of playing any of the
three remaining ties behind
closed doors.
Petrie believes there is no
“pressure of time” to play the
semi-finals between Celt-
ic and Aberdeen, and Hearts
and Hibs, the latter of which
could be staged in Edinburgh if
circumstances made that a
preferable option.
He said: “The Scottish Cup
needs to be played to a comple-
tion. We don’t feel a pressure of
time. It will be in line with the
medical advice, social distanc-
ing and any other restrictions
that are in place.
“But it’s the commitment
of the SFA to play out our

Petrie makes
showpiece competition when it
is safe to do so in front of spec-
“It may be that the risks of
50,000 people travelling from

Scottish Cup pledge

Edinburgh to Glasgow is out-
weighed by other measures but
equally we need to do it in a
matter that is fundamentally
safe, creates a spectacle and
provides some income for the
participating clubs. That’s im-
portant, too.”


Only way to pay out was to ed to pay out to clubs, which
was partly end-of-season pay-
club that you were lending
money to would have been a
ments, the only realistic and good credit risk.
end season, says Doncaster viable way was as fee payments
once the line had been drawn
“To have done that 42 times
in short order would have been
under the league season. impossible. Being frank – giv-
JAMES CAIRNEY prize money to help keep clubs “It’s for that reason that en the financial crisis that the
afloat. we have yet to make fee pay- game is in – it’s absolutely im-

EIL DONCASTER is Some clubs have criticised the ments to clubs in the Ladbrokes possible to see how the board
adamant that SPFL for insisting that the only Premiership because those could have satisfied itself that
Scottish clubs could way to release the prize money games are simply postponed at all 42 clubs would have been a
not have received any was to conclude the season. But the moment, whereas the games good credit risk.”
loans from the SPFL without Doncaster insisted that it there in the lower three divisions When pressed on the fact that
concluding the season first. was no viable alternative to re- have been cancelled because the advance payments had been
A resolution from the govern- leasing the prize money. season has been curtailed. made to Partick Thistle and
ing body to cancel the remain- “The board had a huge “In principal, the board could Motherwell in 2017, Doncaster
ing fixtures in the Champion- amount of material to look into have made individual loans told BBC’s Sportsound that
ship, League One and League to decide what was to be done to individual clubs if it was payments such as these are
Two was passed last month, re- for the best of all clubs,” he ex- convinced that it was in the common. “Advance payments
sulting in the standings being plained. “It was clear that the best interests of the league are made every single year of
made final and the release of amount of money that we want- overall to do so, and that each the SPFL,” he said. SPFL chief executive Doncaster