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According to the BBC website:
‘Scottish ministers are considering action against employers for docking the wages of staff who could not make it to work because of the bad weather. The public was advised not to travel during the worst of the snow last week. Scottish Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said he had been contacted by people who were facing disciplinary action or potential docking of wages. He told the BBC that was not acceptable, and he would look at the legal position.’
It’s clear from the above whose side the Scottish Government is on and it was clear to most of us whose side the First Minister was on when after questioning why so many HGVs were on the roads despite a red warning she said:
‘I do think we have to be very clear in the message we’re sending to companies who deliver goods with HGVs, and this is not a criticism of drivers because driver safety is one of the important issues here.’
Yet Reporting Scotland’s veteran presenter said:
‘There was criticism today from the First Minister for some HGV drivers who ignored the red weather warning to stay off the roads.’
This enabled BBC Scotland’s political wing, the Labour Party, to attack the First Minister.
This is the kind of effective wordplay typical of experienced propagandists who cause damage but then can pretend that their critics are over-reacting to a trivial matter of the casual choice of language. The devil is in the detail.