Scotland’s media choose their language carefully to make sure none could ever think we have succeeded in something.
The truth is that despite the Herald’s attempt to hide our better performance and Imperial College London’s attempt to hide England’s unique horror, Scotland has done better to reduce excess deaths after a bad started tied to a maniac.
Imperial College’s research published in Nature Medicine does not of course use the above headline but in the text does say:
The fourth group of countries, which experienced the highest mortality toll, consists of Belgium, Italy, Scotland, Spain and England and Wales.
More precisely though, they go on to say:
In absolute terms, the total mortality toll of the pandemic was overwhelmingly in those aged 65 years and older, who experienced 94% of all excess deaths. In relative terms, older people were also affected more, with mortality in these ages being ~40% higher than it would have been in the absence of the pandemic in Spain and England and Wales and ~30% higher in Belgium, Scotland and Italy. The largest effect on those younger than 65 years was in England and Wales—26% (20–32%) for males and 22% (17–28%) for females—followed by Scotland, Spain, Sweden and Italy.
So, excess deaths among the over-65s was 33% higher in England and Wales than in Scotland and also for the under-65’s, it was lower by some unspecified amount.
Now remember, this comes after a very bad start as Scotland followed the 4 Nations approach, pressurised to do so by the same media and the opposition parties, denied full access to decision-making and ill-advised by the SAGE herd immunity guys being bullied by Johnson and Cummings. By the time we broke free at the end of March, the beast was in.
Look at what we achieved in reducing excess deaths once we had control:
Excess deaths at, even below, the five year averages