I don’t need to remind readers of Andrew Marr’s selective use of unrepresentative data, in November 2020, to score a point over the Scottish First Minister, again.
Sneakily, he tried the same with the Welsh First Minister today, claiming that they had had more lockdowns than England and a higher death rate than the ‘overall UK rate.’
I smelled a rat when he jumped from English lockdowns to UK deaths and inserted a careful ‘overall.’
Here are the official figures:
So, clearly, the death rate in England (197 per 100K) and the UK (189 per 100K) is higher than in Wales (174 per 100K).
What will his defence be. This:
The Deaths with Covid-19 ‘on the death certificate’, not ‘overall’, are higher for Wales than for the UK or England but these are not comparable due to different practice in recording deaths in the two countries.
GPs in England are clearly less likely to add Covid-19 to a death certificate than those in other parts of the UK.
The evidence could not be stronger in the much smaller gap between the deaths confirmed by a test and those where it was simply mentioned as one of the causes, in England, compared with a much bigger increase pro rata in the other nations.
This is sharp practice again by Marr and his team.