In the Herald today, Helen McArdle wonders why life expectancy in the UK has stalled since 2012 and why in Scotland it’s the the lowest and the slowest growing in Europe. Do you think it might have anything to do with Tory austerity combined with Tory privatisation of the NHS and Tory total f**cking incompetence across the board? Is Scotland flatlining because we’re not independent, do you think? No? Being dependent is good for us? Hmm, see below.
Then she is surprised that Ireland is improving fast. Is that because she thinks they’re still subsisting on potatoes after their hasty, ill-considered freedom dash from Britain. I’m not surprised. They’re independent and benefiting from EU membership. Could that be it? Duuuh!
What evidence is there that leaving the British Empire is good for life expectancy?
During the heyday of British rule, or the British Raj, from 1872 to 1921, Indian life expectancy dropped by a stunning 20 per cent. By contrast, during the 70 years since independence, Indian life expectancy has increased by approximately 66 per cent, or 27 years. A comparable increase of 65 per cent can also be observed in Pakistan, which was once part of British India.
You’re not listening, Helen?