Disgraceful Nick Robinson returns to lie in our faces about care home deaths

Former SNP leader Alex Salmond says BBC's referendum coverage a 'disgrace'  - BBC News

Many of you will remember Robinson’s bare-faced lie about Alex Salmond back in 2014.

He still capable of a whopper.

Today on BBC podcast, Political Thinking with Nick Robinson, Robinson put it to Jeanne Freeman that the UK’s highest death rate in care homes was in Scotland after many people were sent into care homes from hospital with the virus.

It’s a bit of a repeat of an Andrew Marr line shouted at the first Minister last year. The answer is the same.

In the First Wave in 2020, research from the University of Stirling:

Care homes in England experienced the highest increase in excess deaths at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic compared to those in the rest of the UK, according to new research. A study – co-ordinated from the University of Stirling’s Management School – found that care homes in England recorded a 79 percent increase in excess deaths, compared to 66 percent in Wales, 62 percent in Scotland and 46 percent in Northern Ireland.


In the second wave in 2021, there was more of the same tragedy:

From the 1st of January 2021 until the 26th February, 9 088 care home residents in England died from confirmed Covid-19.

From the 1st of January 2021 until the 28th February, 532 care home residents in Scotland died from confirmed Covid-19.

England has ten times the population so pro-rata might have been expected to have ten times as many deaths, 5 320, but had around 3 700 more.

Had NHS England, followed the JCVI advice and vaccinated care home residents as a priority above all others, 3 700 lives might have been saved.

Who told them not to follow the JCVI advice? Who told NHS Scotland to follow it?

We know. Will the UK media tell everyone else?

Even in March, little had changed:

The appalling costs of the the UK Government’s decision not to vaccinate all care home residents as a first priority, as advised by the experts at the JCCVI, continue to be felt.

In the last 7 days, 252 deaths were recorded by NHS England in care homes. With a tenth of the population, Scotland might have expected to have 25 but in fact had only 11.

This news has been available to Scotland’s MSM for six weeks now but missed.




15 thoughts on “Disgraceful Nick Robinson returns to lie in our faces about care home deaths

  1. I have never heard an SNP politician defend Scotland’s record on care home deaths. A knowledge of the numbers plus a bit of proportional arithmetic is all it would take.

    A well planned ambush no doubt.

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  2. As Washington said “the problem is, many Americans still take their News from the English press”

    Some things don’t change


  3. Your man Robinson is a committed Tory (President of the Oxford University Conservative Association in 1985), so he’s hardly going to help undermine his palls in government. Here’s I couple of sources I’d suggest for a more academic account of England’s response to covid-19.

    “Excess mortality for care home residents during the first 23 weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic in England: a national cohort” @bmcmedicine.biomedcentral(dot)com

    Health policy and controlling Covid-19 in England: sociological insights @emeraldopenresearch(dot)com


  4. Robinson demoted? Podcast time.

    The elderly could have died in hospital. It is possible they still would have died. The elderly and vulnerable who are most susceptible to disease, with underlying conditions. 50,000 people a year die on average in Scotland. More in the winter than the summer.

    In Scotland the death rate was lower than other places. The SNHS better funded pro rata. The Scottish Gov gave out clear guidelines for people to follow. Locked down when necessary. Some Councils disobeyed the rules and the pandemic spread more rapidly. Illegally licensing premises for donations.

    The UK Gov pandemic responsibility were slow to react. The Tories had disbanded pandemic organisation. To enforce Brexit despite being warned there was a pandemic in the way.. They withdrew planning, funding and support. The Brexit mess unfolding. Damaging the economy. NI troubles off again. The Tories were warned. People are dying prematurely. Austerity. .

    If Scotland has been Independent there would have been less deaths. Scotland could have lockdown sooner. Closed airports and limited International travel. Stopped holiday travel. Especially to Blackpool and Spain.

    Travel increased infection rates and proportion of deaths. The roll out if the vaccine in Scotland to the most vulnerable saved lives. A magnificent effort and organisation. People are really appreciative. They do not listen to BBC lies.

    Social care keeps more people in their own homes with support. There are less elderly in care homes or hospital where infections can be more likely to spread. Even with major precautions and testing and isolation.

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  5. I do like a piece that shows sources. I don’t like a piece that doesn’t have the evidence from the person hung out to dry – Robinson has a strong reputation as a reporter, where is his base for the position he (we’re told) is putting. He won’t have just ‘made it up’.

    Why didn’t THIS apparently anonymous reporter ask him?


  6. Why in god’s name or anybody else’s name do people in Scotland still give money to the britnat bbc?! Don’t pay the bbc tax! Go to youtube for the [legal] ways you can stop paying the licence fee.


    1. Doug
      You omitted to tell us as to where ABC (ABC) can go
      So please afford me the pleasure of at least pointing them in the direction of where upon Indy that they shall have to


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