malcolmfrost wrote:and I wish they would stop covering all the countries in the UK news bulletins. ..
.. because BBC and other radio and TV news bulletins are on media which are read, seen and heard all over UK ? Those in other parts may reasonably complain that those same reports fail sufficiently to clarify at the outset of each item that the details which immediately follow apply only to England
Further to this: it has occurred to me that yesterday on BBC R4 'Today', which is broadcast UK-wide (and, via 198 KHz, even further afield), immediately after the 0800 news bulletin, there was a ~20 minute
interview with the UK SoS for Health, who in this context was speaking only for England (although that was hardly mentioned). A former PM famously said once that 'Fermanagh is as British as Finchley'. Well, folks in Fermanagh (or Faslane, or Y Fflint) who listened to the SoS would have heard nothing of direct relevance to them in those 20 minutes. In these circumstances, I don't think it's unreasonably irksome for a listener/viewer of broadcast news in, say, Finchley occasionally to be told that the rules may be different in Scotland; indeed, it may even be of interest or use if he or she has pertinent family or travel plans (as may bits of the English details may be to someone in Fermanagh, of course).
The other thing which struck me is that the SoS said that municipal leaders in some places had 'requested him to impose' further lockdowns in their areas, because of locally rising infections, and he had complied. It occurred to me that in many (most ?) parts of Europe (and even elsewhere within UK: there is more localised devolution of powers within Scotland), or in US/Canada/Australia, some pertinent measures would have been within the purview of local elected officials(eg Mayors/Prefects/ ..) to take, without having to request Central Government help, and such local officials would also have the right and duty to have all pertinent data shared with them by their own Public Health officials; and indeed, without having unnecessarily overarching regulations imposed on them by Central Government, as we have also seen, as eg imposed on all of Leicester rather than on sensibly selected parts of it. Decades of tendency to overcentralisation especially in England, starting or noticeably strengthening in '80s, may not have helped the management of the pandemic either in prevention or in the related issue of public communication.
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