Note first, the classic ‘Sturgeon’ disrespect. They’ve changed it on the website now to call him ‘Johnson’.
I’m going to be lazy again, of maybe efficient (?) and just use my May 2021 rebuttal of Macwhirter’s ‘Sturgeon no better’ drivel.
Here it is:
Johnson and his SAGE chums delayed the lockdown. The power to do so, but still without the power to borrow for furlough, was devolved only at the end of March 2020. Scottish advisers could attend SAGE but not debate decisions. Johnson spoke of ‘taking it on the chin’ and Whitty is still on Youtube explaining why we should let the virus run through the population. Scottish adviser, Prof Sridhar, had been calling for a lockdown in early February but the FM had little choice but to go along with the 4 Nations approach to avoid panic.
In the first wave, there were significantly fewer deaths in Scottish care homes and in January to March 2021, after PHE failed to use the Pfizer jag in them, care home deaths in Scotland were less than half as high as in England.
Community testing was halted because it is so unreliable, can encourage risk taking and is a waste of resources when you have a good test and trace system running in local authorities.
Schools play almost no part in community spread and the psychological benefits of opening are immense.
Over the pandemic, the infection rate was more than 50% higher in England and the death rate a third higher. Who gets the credit? Anyone?
Afterthought, while we’re doing comparisons, how about with another Labour leader?
Current infection rate in Scotland is 316.5 per 100K while in Wales it’s 624.7, twice as high. Over the whole pandemic, 11 254 per 100K in Scotland and 12 881 in Wales.
Death rate over the whole pandemic 164.3 per 100K in Scotland and 190.9 in Wales.
Percentage vaccinated in Scotland is 78.56 and Wales 76.33.
How confident would we be in Starmer’s right-wing government being any better that the PM?