This morning on Good Morning Scotland, Lynn Davidson, the Sun’s Westminster Correspondent was keen to expose the First Minister as less capable than she might appear:
About the dreadful figures in care homes and the number of deaths which is something like, in England and Wales, 28% of all fatalities, involving coronavirus whereas in Scotland it’s 47%. It’s been really terrible in care homes in Scotland.
It’s no surprise her favourite follower is Glenn Campbell.
There is a wee problem with Davidson’s grasp of percentages but more on that later.
Following her logic, if you will, with 72% of all fatalities thus being out of care homes it seems that it’s been really terrible in hospitals in England. When that emerges, Boris will be in trouble with the electorate.
Of course, it’s flawed logic.
With the care home deaths, though some might be challenged enough to think that Davidson has demonstrated that things were far better in England & Wales, those with more tightly screwed nuts will have spotted that you need to find the number of those who died as a percentage of those just in the homes or maybe as a percentage of the national population and then compare those two percentages to get a meaningful comparison.
When you do that, you find the death rate in Scottish care homes was 10% lower.