The Big Lie that has been imposed upon the Scottish public, with a measure of success that does little credit to the professionalism of the largely uncritical Scottish media, is that Nicola Sturgeon and her SNP government have dealt effectively with the Covid crisis, and certainly much better than the bungling Tory amateurs south of the Border.

That blatant untruth has now exploded in the First Minister’s face, as Scottish vaccination figures come into the public domain. So far from being a success, the Scottish vaccination rate is a dismal – and worsening – failure. By the end of last week only 515,000 Scots had received their first injection, with just 68 per cent of over-80s protected. The process would be ramped up, the public was assured. The result: yesterday (Sunday) the lowest number of Scottish vaccinations was recorded since the programme began.