“335 000 more deaths occurred between 2012 and 2019 than was expected”

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Remind me, which party was in government for those years? Oh, yes, it was the Conservatives with their austerity policies.

From the BMJ today:

Results Changes in trends were observed for both men and women, especially for those living in the 20% most deprived areas. In those areas, mortality increased between 2010/2012 and 2017/2019 among women but not men. Break points in trends occurred at similar time points. Approximately 335 000 more deaths occurred between 2012 and 2019 than was expected based on previous trends, with the excess greater among men.


Women are statistically significantly less likely to vote for the Tories:

The 2019 General Election saw unprecedented gender gaps in party support. New data from the British Election Study shows that 47% of men voted Conservative, compared to 42% of women. 29% of men voted Labour, compared to 37% of women.


But, contrary to any rational choice, the deprived often vote Tory too

The Conservatives are now more popular with people on low incomes than high incomes. Labour is as popular with the wealthy as with those on low incomes.


I feel sure little of this applies in Scotland other than the deaths of course, as many as 30 000 of them. My next post will go deeper.


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