On the Marr show yesterday, the Health Secretary responsible for the pandemic strategy in England was asked about the rates in the UK as-a-whole. Why?
Does using the term England soften the blow a little? It drags the other three nations into the failure but, of course, it’s quite inaccurate. The UK has only the second-highest death rate:
Tragically for our friends and relatives, everyone, down there, England has the highest number of deaths per head of population.
Wales has a slightly worse figure and Northern Ireland a slightly better figure than Scotland but the rate in in England is twice as high.
Perhaps surprising, given the dramatic special reports by UK media there, Brazil and the USA have lower rates per head of population.
Not surprising, small independent countries such as Norway, have done better than Scotland despite them not having the the broad shoulders of the UK around them. Professor Sridhar has recently suggested that an independent Scotland would also have done better.