Throughout the pandemic, balancing the public health and economic needs of the country has been immensely difficult. Lives and livelihoods are inextricably linked. Close the economy too significantly and jobs are lost; open too far and lives are put at risk. Getting that right is an enormous responsibility and one I doubt any one of us would relish taking-on. Like all politicians, medical experts and policymakers across the UK, the Scottish Government have found themselves in a truly unenviable position.
First up, we should be absolutely clear: health comes first. Nobody questions that. Too many lives have been lost to this persistent virus and, with the difficult winter months fast approaching, respite still looks some way off. While recent news about the effectiveness of candidate vaccines has been encouraging, and offers a genuine glimpse of light at the end of a dark tunnel, it will likely be well into the n