I listened to a recording today of Jason Leitch talking on the radio, and having just written about the fake Mulgrew thing I was honestly tempted to check and see if I was being tricked in some way.
This man cannot be trusted in the industry which has employed him for more than a decade, so I am frankly astounded that the Scottish Government is listening to him on this.
I wrote about this subject yesterday, and went over my concerns.
Hearing Leitch credit Doncaster as the author of this ludicrous proposal was jaw-dropping.
I had known that it came from within football, from someone without the slightest understanding of virology or of “nudge theory” and behavioural science, and I said that Holyrood was pandering to the football industry … but to hear that it had come from a guy most of us wouldn’t trust to run a raffle is deeply concerning.
Doncaster shouldn’t be in charge of football far less matters of life and death.
It is hard to overstate the surrealism of this man steering a major policy upon which the health and well-being of Scottish citizens depends.
The idea of spot-checks instead of a comprehensive system which catches everyone is inherently dangerous and will be discriminatory.
It will probably fatally undermine the entire argument behind the use of vaccine passports and it places too great a burden on the stewards who will have to do checks that will only cause animosity from those subjected to them.
Most importantly, a spot-check system does not accomplish the primary goal, which is to protect people from the virus.
It leaves huge holes in the wall. We would be as well not bothering. In fact, we’d be better not to bother because the anger that spot-checks will provoke will simply not be worth the limited additional “protection” they offer.
This scheme bears all the hallmarks of something Doncaster would come up with.
Something not thought all the way through. Something for appearances sake.
Something that he will claim protects football but actually causes more problems than it can possibly solve.
I don’t care what your views are on vaccine passports, or even on the vaccines themselves … I think we can all agree that any scenario where Neil Doncaster has the safety of Celtic fans in his hands is not a place any of us wants to be.
Instead of following the science, we’re apparently now letting the village idiot steer Scottish Government health policy.
Even writing it gives me the fear.