The Covid-certificated death rate in England is currently 837 per 1 million population. In Scotland it is 627. A difference of 210 per million.
There are 5.4 million people in Scotland so that’s 1 134 of who might have been expected to die had they lived in England because, perhaps, the hospital-infection level is between 9 and 12 times higher?
That difference of 210 is 25%. Is that ‘only slightly lower?’ Tell that to the 1 134.
If you come at from the other direction and ask how much higher the rate is in England it’s, 33%!
There are 60 million souls in England so 12 600 might have survived had they lived in Scotland.
After the BBC UK presenter opens with that pretty dodgy arithmetic, perhaps fed it by her, BBC UK’s Foreign Correspondent in Scotland, Sarah Smith, at great personal risk did her own survey of opinion by interviewing a young Yes supporter with a saxophone and two wild swimmers who were still unsure if Scotland could afford to pay for things like the pandemic even though they had been impressed by the Scottish Government’s handling of it.
Why did they wonder that?
Because Smith, based on years of journalism and absolutely no ethical concerns for the truth, prompted them with a leading question:
Are you worried that Scotland couldn’t afford to be independent now?
So no analysis then Sarah. How did other small countries manage to pay for the costs of the pandemic? Ireland? Denmark? Iceland?
Might they, like the UK, have borrowed?
Is it a gift from the UK?
Might Scotland be paying for it later and with bells on?