The Guardian map provides the clearest and simplest illustration of how effective the three mainland political parties have been in their attempts to control this pandemic. Two of them, Labour in Wales and Conservatives in England have made errors of judgement that, in former times, would have led to the fall of governments.
The map does not reveal the underlying consequences in lives lost of these failures.
Look at the death rate in last month:
Now, I know pundits such as Andrew Marr would rather look at the first phase but that reveals only the errors of the UK Government and of SAGE, BEFORE the devolved governments could show what they are capable or not capable of.
The last month shows you, in particular how the Scottish Government despite its inability to close the airports, acted quickly and decisively to suppress infections and thus reduced subsequent deaths in the weeks to follow. The Sun doesn’t trumpet:
‘Nic saves hundreds of lives!’
The last week shows you they’re still concentrating despite the howls of protests from some pub-owners and Tories:
Those 400 000 still only watching BBC Scotland do not know any of this.