Sky’s Adam Boulton repeats fake news on Scotland’s coronavirus performance

Around 11am this morning, Sky’s Adam Boulton said:

It’s strange isn’t it, in practical terms, Scotland hasn’t done any better than the rest of the UK in handling covid. It actually had a worse performance in care homes and yet the voters seem to be giving Nicola Sturgeon credit for what she’s done in the Scottish Government whereas it’s not gone so well for Boris Johnson.

His panellists did not contradict him.

The extent to which the myth of perception as opposed to real achievements by the Scottish Government persists is astonishing. Does Boulton not hear Professor Sridhar? Do the Sky researchers not check anything?

How can this be no better?

On Sunday 19th July, England’s Covid-19, 7 day average death rate was 67.6 compared to Scotland’s 0.1, 676 times higher or 67.6 times higher, per head of population.

On the same day, England’s 7 day average infection rate was 582.1 compared to Scotland’s 12.3, 43 times higher or 4.3 times higher, per head of population.

As for the worse performance in care homes:

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.

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

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.

So, the actual care home death rate in Scotland by mid-May, based on the LSE research was 21% lower than in England & Wales.

7 thoughts on “Sky’s Adam Boulton repeats fake news on Scotland’s coronavirus performance”

      1. I do


        Dear Mr Boulton,

        I think that an on air apology is due from you in respect of the incorrect information/deliberate misinformation spoken by you today. See the attached for the true position regarding coronavirus figures in Scotland.

        Colin Kerr


        No apology and insufferably pompous of you to demand one.

        My Tweets entirely justify my position. You are only focussing on the last few weeks. Ms Sturgeon’s ratings vis a vis Mr Johnson started to improve long before then. -b which was the basis of my question. This pandemic has been going on at least since the start of March and Scotland has broadcy followed the UK wide trends, better in some and worse in others.

        X Adam.


  1. The truth doesnt matter to these propagandists.
    The English media are not neutral.

    There MUST be strict rules during Indyref2, to keep them honest.
    The Electoral Commission needs to be better, and to PROVE it will be better, next time than the last, or it should be replaced by the EU or UN.

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  2. Propaganda not ignorance as well you know…
    Whether by wilful participation or under threat really doesn’t matter, all Boulton is achieving by parading this nonsense is increasing distrust in him, Sky, his guests, and all connected.
    The information is out there on the internet readily available to Boulton, Sky, Joe Public, but I suggest people are becoming immune to repetition of the lie because it has been done to death of late.
    Boulton in repeating the lie does himself nor Sky any favours, regaining trust can be a painful experience, and where money relies on it, fatal.


  3. Isn’t it strange how we are being infested by little fat people ? Johnson and Boulton to name two ( Or should that be few ? Enough blubber there to feed a nation !
    Surely , it must be unsettling at some stage , to realise you are a serial LIAR
    Propaganda is worse now , than the days of Josef Goebells . Now there’s a lovely comparison to make of all the Media masters of mendacity !!


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