Still with that combined predatory-but-dim look, BBC Breakfast’s business correspondent asks the Scottish Health Secretary to comment on UK data. Yousaf is, of course, too polite and tasteful to ‘clarify’ things for him, on, for example the differing deaths rates in England and Scotland.
The death rate per 100 000 population, over the whole pandemic, is 181.7 in Scotland and 230.8, in England (https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/deaths), 49.1 more for every100 000.
Had Scotland’s pandemic been managed by the UK Government, 2 671 (49.1 x 54.4) more might have died.
Had England’s pandemic been managed by the SNP Government, 27 496 (49.1 x 560) fewer might have died.
Again, I appreciate that other variables such as geography, age and ethnicity will have been influential but had it been the other way round, with Scotland more infected than England, such comments would be quickly condemned as excuses.