Nicola Sturgeon dodging coronavirus scrutiny with secret tactic in daily media briefings


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Sky News’ James Matthews accused First Minister Nicola Sturgeon of dodging his question on health and social care workers having enough personal protective equipment (PPE). Mr Matthews noted that during Scotland’s coronavirus briefings, once a question has been asked the journalist’s mic is then cut off. Mr Matthews argued this did not allow for follow up questions or those asking questions to put more pressure on Ms Sturgeon to get a definitive answer.

Mr Matthews said: “The way these press conferences work in Scotland is you are invited to ask one question and your mic is switched off after that question or after an answer is given.

“So, there is no opportunity for a follow-up and Nicola Sturgeon did not give the figures that were asked.”

Mr Matthews also revealed how Ms Sturgeon dodged his question during the briefing on Monday.

He said: “There were quite a number of subjects in Nicola Sturgeon’s coronavirus conference.

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“One of which was personal protective equipment and the situation in care homes.

“My question to Scotland’s First Minister was how many health and social care workers are there in Scotland?

“I also asked how many of them have adequate full PPE.”

However, the First Minister dodged the question in the briefing and replied by saying: “We want to make sure everybody has the PPE they need when they need it.


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