Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has sparked a furious backlash as Theresa May’s former aide, Nick Timothy slammed the leader over her shameless denial of official statistics.
On Sunday Sturgeon criticised England’s handling of reporting of deaths in care homes, on Sky News Sophy Ridge programme.
Sturgeon told Sky News: “This is a matter of deep personal regret to me.
“I’m not the only leader that has found that some of these decisions, and the implications of what has happened over the past months, will live with me for the rest of my life.
“But can I just look at the situation in care homes specifically.
“It’s often put to me that the death rate for care homes in Scotland is higher than it is in England.
“I just don’t believe that that is the case.
“I should preface my comment here by saying I don’t think any level of deaths is acceptable and it shouldn’t be a competition.
“Excess deaths in Scotland overall, but also in care homes, is lower than in England.
“But more of them in care homes have been attributed to Covid than is the case in England.”
She added, “So about 70%, or slightly more than that, of excess deaths in Scotland have been attributed to Covid.
“Whereas, for some reason, it is less than 50% in England.
“In Scotland, if you die of, say, a stroke, but you also happen to have the virus, you will be included in the deaths from Covid.”
Timothy wrote on Twitter, “I’m still waiting for all the outrage about Sturgeon’s shameless denial of official statistics here.
“Another reminder that the SNP adopted the populist playbook long before Trump etc.”
Another person said on Twitter, “How dare @NicolaSturgeon say that about England when she has a dreadful death rate in care homes in Scotland.
“She’s just diverting from her own colossal failure and handling of COVID19.”