Thanks to Peter A Bell for alerting me to this.
Writing in THE WEEK yesterday, Joe Evans, makes this astonishing claim:
Stricter lockdown measures north of the border have not produced lower death rates.
and then toward the end:
An Ipsos Mori poll of voters in Scotland published in November, when Scots were dying at a higher rate than England, found that 72% thought the Scottish government was handling the coronavirus well. This compared with just 25% who said the same of the UK government.
This is just wrong and you’re left to wonder, is Evans just ill-informed or does he have an agenda?
First, The death rate over the last 7 days, in Scotland was 73 per 1 million population, while in England it was 117 and in Wales it was 103. That is nearly 40% lower. Only Northern Ireland has a lower death rate at 63.
Second , over the whole pandemic, there have been 934 deaths per 1 million population in Scotland. In England, the figure is 1 316 and in Wales, 1 289. That, also is more than 30% lower. Only Northern Ireland has a lower death rate at 801.
Now Evans might prefer to use all of the cases which mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate but, even leaving aside problems with comparing this more subjective data, there were 1 235 per 1 million population in Scotland, 1 352 in England and 1 325 in Wales. Still lower.
Finally, those 4 weeks in November, when the death rate was higher in Scotland, were the only weeks in 10 months where this was true. Andrew Marr and now The Week morbidly cherry-pick the data to distort the reality of the situation over the much longer period and in the more important recent phase.