https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000jx0f

Only 8% of Scots would use Radio Scotland as a source for news:

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0027/157914/uk-news-consumption-2019-report.pdf

In the light of that you might wonder why I’m bothering with this. I do too.

Anyhow, yesterday, BBC Good Morning Scotland let the Governor General for the Scotland colony to say:

In care homes where there’s been a disaster in Scotland at double the death rate of anywhere else in the UK.

A bare-faced lie but they didn’t challenge it at all so it’s simply propaganda rather than the news.

Here’s the truth about care home deaths:

Data from research by LSE, reported on May 14th in Care Home Professional:

More than 22,000 care home residents in England and Wales have died during the coronavirus pandemic, according to new research. In a new paper, the LSE said data on deaths had underestimated the impact of the pandemic on care home residents as it did not take into account the indirect mortality effects of the pandemic and/or because of problems with the identification of the disease as the cause of death. The paper said current data only accounted for an estimated 41.6% of all excess deaths in care homes.

https://www.carehomeprofessional.com/research-estimates-put-real-care-home-covid-19-death-toll-at-over-22000/

In Scotland, up to 17th May there were 1 623 deaths in care homes where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/covid19stats

The population of England and Wales is 59 million, 10.7 times that of Scotland at 5.5 million so, all things being equal you might expect the death rate there to be 10.7 times 1 623 or 17 366.

The actual care home death rate based on the LSE research is more than 22 000 and thus 30% higher than in Scotland.

As for the significance of the Scottish Secretary:

In a stinging condemnation of both the performance and the lack of purpose of the Scottish Office, the Health Secretary Jeane Freeman, speaking to the Scottish Affairs Committee yesterday, was reported in the Holyrood Magazine last night:

Freeman also said that the Scotland Office had not played any role in the relations between the UK and Scottish governments, going as far as to say that she could not remember having any communications with the Secretary of State for Scotland, Alister Jack. While the Scotland Office is copied in to some letters between Freeman and Hancock, she said she was “not aware [of] and can recall no communications with Mr Jack”.

https://www.holyrood.com/news/view,there-is-a-vacuum-between-governments-on-coronavirus-next-steps-jeane-freem_15625.htm