Where we stand, where we are not seen on BBC Scotland

The consequences of the early lockdown in Greater Glasgow can be seen in the data for the total infections, around 4 000 cases per 100k in Scotland and nearly 7 000 in England.

Something similar is there too in the cumulative deaths at just under 140 per 100k in Scotland and nearly 200 in England.


13 thoughts on “Where we stand, where we are not seen on BBC Scotland

  1. It’s also worth noting that, all things being equal, Scotland should have actually had a significantly higher death rate than England in this pandemic. Scotland has an older population than England (median age is 1.5 years higher) and a historically less healthy population. Scotland also has a similar percent of the population living in urban areas as England and a significantly higher percentage living in urban areas than Northern Ireland (and Ireland).

    The Nuffield Trust has previously argued that, when comparing health outcomes, Scotland should be compared to North East England as the population profile is similar. It should be noted though that even NE England has a slightly younger population than Scotland (median age 1 year lower than Scotland) and so Scotland should have had a higher death rate, even than NE England. Still, it’s probably the best comparison we have when assessing the Scottish Government’s Covid19 response. Given the Scottish Government has limited powers over finance/SSP/borders, the fairest comparison is with other UK countries (or comparator regions within UK countries).

    North East England has a Covid 19 death rate 60% higher than Scotland’s current death rate, which shows how much more effective the Scottish Government’s Covid 19 response has been compared to the UK Government. We can be fairly sure that if Scotland’s Covid19 response had been run entirely by Westminster, the death rate in Scotland would have been more than 60% higher than it is currently.

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    1. Thanks good comment. More than 60% higher had a BritNat party been at the helm in Scotland, sends actual shivers down the spine. Of course the media message is the opposite and too many take that as gospel…just hope enough see through the BritNat media lies and English Government manipulation to secure a pro Scotland party win on 6th of May.


      1. In this context it’s worth remembering this from October 2019.

        In a House of Commons exchange with a Scottish Tory MP, Johnson said: “That is why – as I said earlier – that is why they (i.e. the SNP) rant, to use his own word, so incessantly about independence. Because they wish to distract – they wish to dead cat as the saying goes – from the lamentable failures of the SNP Government in Scotland and he’s entirely right. If this goes on I think the SNP will forfeit all right to manage the NHS in Scotland.”

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      1. My comment? Yes, could see if I could put something together in the next few days. Where would I send it?


    2. The comparative data on Covid impacts in different parts of the UK – under distinct health systems overseen by distinct administrations, albeit in Westminster’s case with much greater powers over crucial factors – are at best under-reported and at worst seemingly being suppressed by the corporate media and the BBC.

      It’s being going on throughout the pandemic. I wrote this here btl on January 27, 2021:

      ‘There are also many examples of where comparisons are not difficult at all to make but are simply NOT being published by the corporate media or the BBC. Here is but one example based on data from the UK government’s Covid data reporting website. It relates to information for the English regions on the cumulative number of deaths per 100,000 population to date.

      Using the measure for deaths ‘within 28 days of a positive test’, we learn that for Scotland the rate is 106.1 per 100,000. Only SW England has a lower rate (at 89.6 per 100,000). London has the second lowest rate amongst the English regions (at 141.1) – so, very much higher than Scotland’s rate. (The position of Scotland relative to the English regions in terms of rates is not changed under the ‘mentioned’ on a death certificate measure.)

      ‘The two highest rates for the English regions are 185.4 and 195 deaths per 100,000 population. Note that these highest rates are for the English regions bordering Scotland, namely the NE and NW respectively.’

      As I reflected here recently: “In terms of corporate media and BBC coverage, .. official, authoritative UK government statistics on case numbers and deaths per 100,000 population in each of the four UK nations must surely be candidates for the most ignored, the least publicised, the least reported official statistics of all time!”

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  2. I’ll try posting an OT again, though it’s not entirely OT

    Scots will never enjoy the benefit of open democracy, if someone doesn’t stop the erasure of womanhood through the manipulation of the Yogyakarta Principles. So without the selected passage this time, here’s some insight into the interplay between post-colonial feminism, the law, and the fight against hegemonic patriarchy.



  3. And here’s a look at some post-colonial feminist thought, with regards to gender. Which is a concept that expands the potential for the critique of patriarchy, beyond the confines of biological sex. Though that’s not to say biological sex differences between males and females, aren’t fundamental to just laws and open democracy.

    Gender, Feminist Theory, and Post-Colonial (Women’s) Writing


  4. In case it needs spelling out, from a post-colonial feminist perspective, Westminster’s instance that Scots don’t have the right or ability to govern ourselves, is the articulation of racist and patriarchal authoritarianism. Simples.


  5. Respiratory illness also spreads more easily in cooler and/or damper climes. Another factor to reinforce your argument.


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