Scotland’s news today is dominated by further lockdown restrictions. The measures may appear marginal: limitations on click and collect deliveries; firmer rules for takeaways; curbs around alcohol. But they are designed to stamp home the message that there is no imminent return to normality.
Most will respect the gravity of the circumstances and follow the rules. But lockdowns, as everyone has always acknowledged, are an inherently chaotic last resort. For all the rhetoric of national unity, they come with significant costs.
“The festive season should be a time of celebration and people coming together with friends, family and colleagues. Whether you’re buying for adults or children take a look at the ethical alternatives and help build back a better Scotland.”
“Advocates of independence will almost inevitably be judged as insufficiently deferential to ‘the Firm’ whether they actually exhibit any hint of republican sympathy or not – which raises long-overdue questions about the SNP’s current approach to that phantasmagorical institution.”
If we can now imagine a world with the virus under control, the question returns to managing the economic and social fallout. The coronavirus started as a public health issue, but its economic after-effects will continue to transform everyday lives with major political consequences.