John Birkett of St Andrews, serial letter writer and apparently reliant on the long-past-it, Prof Pennington as a source, insists that we cannot yet compare the pandemic management performance of the four UK governments.
I can see why he might want to do that:
Those bare facts are probably enough but we also know that NHS Scotland was never overwhelmed in the way that several English hospitals were, because we have far more beds and staff thanks to SNP Government, and we know from academics that Scottish Government messaging was more consistent and effective than that of the Johnson regime leading to greater compliance.
As for his argument that the English data might be explained by greater overall population density, he misses the essential fact that the population in Central Scotland, where most infection and death occurred, is one of the most densely populated in Europe. That we have a large hinterland where few live, skews and makes meaningless, the average.
Finally Birkett seems to have a thing about claiming the left are as bad as the right. In September 2021, he wrote in the Herald, bemoaning the failure of school education to educate freshers buying posters of Che, Mao, Stalin and Castro:
that such leaders were just as brutally fascist as their German counterparts from 1933-45 were, and incarcerated, tortured, starved and murdered far more of their opponents and other innocent victims than even the Nazis did.https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19578108.letters-todays-students-need-educated-revolutionary-monsters-left/
No one with half a brain would defend Stalin or Mao, though neither systematically murdered women and children on racial grounds but Che and Castro? Don’t be daft.