The Herald’s David Bol knows damn fine that the First Minister, though provoked evilly by a frankly slavering Andrew Marr, did quite the opposite of the above headline.
She made it clear that she did not think any level of death was defensible and only contradicted mildly some of the worst of Marr’s disgraceful selective use of statistics to try to reinforce the latest urban myth that Scotland has done badly yet the dumb voters have been taken in by her spin.
I agree with her approach, modest and open, accepting that lessons must be learned. Judging by repeated polls, most find it an a refreshing and attractive quality. Cynics like Marr hate it.
I’m in a different position from her. I need not worry if I’m accused of defending a death rate. Here it comes.
In the last 7 days, the increase in deaths per 1 million population, in Scotland was 41 and in England it was 52.6. As for the similarly sized Belgium it was 75.5!
Over the period of the pandemic, the death rate per 1 million population, in Scotland was 681 and in England it was 906. As for the similarly sized Belgium it was 1 412!
Care homes in England recorded a 79 percent increase in excess deaths, compared to 62 percent in Scotland. In similarly sized Belgium, there were 6 200 care home deaths compared to 2 240 in Scotland.