THREAD: How did the UK fare during the pandemic compared to other advanced ISLAND nations?

Answer: very, very badly. Overall, but also during the second wave that started roughly on 1 October 2020.

It's not about total population, or population density. It's pure incompetence.
Linger over the table in the previous tweet. Really soak it in!

There is no plainer way of demonstrating just how badly the UK has failed. All the evidence is right there, in the statistics.

Here's a PDF version which may be easier to read...…
The UK suffered almost as many deaths during the second wave alone (39,758) as all the other nations in this comparison did in total since the pandemic began (41,724).

UK population: 66,796,807
Combined population of all other countries in table: 583,620,484
1. Scotland has come out looking "relatively" better than the other 4 nations, but that's still nothing to shout about when you look at the overall figures.
2. All the sources are listed at the bottom of the table, if you want to check anything out for yourself.


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13 Jan

Let's take a look at COVID-19 and what's happened in English hospitals.

Here's the graph of new hospital admissions vs deaths. (IMPORTANT: They're plotted on different scale axes.)

As you can see, one lags the other by about two weeks on average.

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A couple of observations:

1. We are about to see a huge uptick in deaths. It's sadly inevitable. We haven't yet experienced the consequences of hospital admissions (dark blue line) shooting up in the last week or so.

2. Look closely at deaths in April last year. They tracked admissions, then suddenly leapt. (Again, remember *different scales* apply to both plots.)

Why? Likely as a result of hospitals being overwhelmed by the pandemic. For a brief period, 40%+ of all admissions died!

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13 Jan
If you feel glee at this, then I'm sorry but there's something wrong with you. This is tragedy, writ large, inflicted by Brexit on the people who were the most abused, misled and manipulated of any group of individuals in the Brexit debate. Destroyed by the Farages of this world.
It took a truly seismic shock for the person in the video to come to his senses, but the Brexit earthquake rocked his world and sent his business tumbling around him. He is a future ALLY in any effort to get close to the EU, or rejoin as a full member, not a figure of mockery.
The plight of the fishing industry was held up as a totem by fanatic Brexiters time and again since the referendum, and even before.

Now that so many fishermen face ruin because of Brexit red tape, it's (un)remarkable to see their former champions fall silent in unison.
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13 Jan
The official Conservative party Twitter account has been tweeting all the Brexit wins...

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It's like setting fire to a warehouse full of food, but then finding a piece of still-wrapped chewing gum on the ground on the way home.

"Hurrah, we now have gum!"
3 things to add...
1. The tampon tax issue would have gone away in 2022 (and we missed an opportunity to do away with it a few years ago, because Tories voted it down)
2. Pulse fishing has already been banned by some EU states, and will become illegal across the EU in mid-2021.
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13 Jan
On Day 13 of Brexit...

The Times celebrated the fact Brexit means UK holidaymakers may avoid speeding fines in the EU, and gloated at the 60 million euro in fines it meant France would no longer collect.

THIS is how desperate the Brexiters have become to find a "win". Image
Don't remember "Vote for Brexit - Drive Like a Loon" on the side of the bus...
(About halfway through the fairly long article is a single sentence stating the same will apply to drivers from the EU on UK roads. Then it goes back to all the juicy fine revenue EU countries won't collect.)
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12 Jan
Priti Patel has decided that lots and lots and lots of words are a substitute for actually answering the question.
She just did it again! Not even tangentially related to the question. What's the point?
Three in a row.
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12 Jan
Classic example of Express propaganda, as it reports on the financial sector talks about to begin. (They weren't covered in the Brexit deal.)

In Express-world, trying to improve on nothing at all (which is what we have at the moment) is an EU power grab!…
Or how about this, also from this morning?

Literally gloating because Brexit has caused harm to German fishermen.
Or this?

(The narrative here is particularly juicy. The EU offered a deal for artists and musicians to be able to travel and work. The UK said "nope, we want our own list of cakeist demands, or NOTHING"and the EU said "no". Result: Express says it's the EU's fault.)
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