Despite the fact the Scottish and UK Governments are following broadly similar strategies, making similar mistakes, achieving similar outcomes, there is a big paradox here. The public perception is Nicola Sturgeon is handling this pandemic far better than Boris Johnson.
The words of Glen Campbell, above, are not entirely surprising though they continue to shock with their dishonesty. He and colleagues at BBC Scotland, along with fellow travellers across the Scottish and UK media, continue to peddle the same myth.
We don’t need to spend time debating the first part. We know of the divergences in the strategies. Independent experts such as professors Sridhar and Bauld have pointed to the clear differences in, for example, locking down more quickly and for longer.
However, it is in the claim of similar outcomes that Campbell and the others are more clearly lying to the public. They know what they are doing but persist for openly political reasons. The UK Government publishes daily the truth they deny at https://coronavirus-staging.data.gov.uk/
It’s quite clear from the above tables that the infection rate per 100 000 outcome over the whole pandemic is approaching twice as high in England at 5 817, as in Scotland at 3 231.
The death rate per 100 000 outcome over the whole pandemic is 48% higher in England at 161.1, as in Scotland at 109.3.
These are not similar outcomes.
Had Scotland the same death rate as England under the Conservative Government’s strategies, another 2 817 would have died.
Had England the same death rate as Scotland under the SNP Government’s strategies, 43 535 would have lived.