Scotsman headline blames Scottish ministers when it should blame Westminster

 The headline could not be more explicit. ‘Scottish ministers’ are to blame for the failure to open a drug consumption room in Glasgow and save lives by doing so. Read on and the truth of the situation is revealed:

‘The opening of such a facility in Glasgow has the backing of the health board and the Scottish Government, but the issue of drug control is reserved to Westminster. Last year the UK government refused a request from Glasgow City Council amid legal concerns.’

However, we then read:

‘Dr Maté, author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, a book about tackling addiction, said concerns over legislation were a “cop out”. He said: “It’s just an excuse – the government can change the law.’

Is the retired Dr Mate confused? Which ‘government’ does he mean? The Scotsman reporter knows that ‘Scottish ministers’ cannot change this law. Wait, is he writing this from England? Who knows these days?

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4 thoughts on “Scotsman headline blames Scottish ministers when it should blame Westminster

  1. anniefraethehills June 13, 2019 / 6:44 am

    This is the height of misinformation. For some time now, charities have been trying to open a drug consumption facility in Glasgow. Westminster has refused, despite overwhelming evidence that it would prevent deaths from drug overdose.

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  2. Bugger (the Panda) June 13, 2019 / 7:00 am

    Sooner The Hootman dies the better for Scotland, even their dwindling file of die-hard angries.

    Anger reduces you life span. On the other hand….

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  3. Thomas June 13, 2019 / 7:14 am

    Honestly prof is just getting so blatant now, they just don’t care, this can only work against them. People will start seeing this for what it is, absolute rubbish. Has someone not mentioned to the Scotsman that their circulation has dropped through the floor, erm !! you have any idea why that is Scotsman ? You don’t need to be a brain surgeon to work that one out ?

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  4. Alasdair MacdonaldAlasdair Macdonald June 13, 2019 / 3:53 pm

    Dr Mate is a Hungarian, who was for many years a doctor in Vancouver in Canada and his book is about strategies in the province of British Columbia. It is in the context of CANADIAN and Canadian PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT, that the quote should be read. So, the Scotsman headline as well as being a lie – and it is a lie because the article makes clear that the issue is reserved for Westminster – is also wilfully misleading by using a quote out of context. Undoubtedly, in the context in which he is writing Dr Mate is correct about what empowered government can do.

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