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Sunday, January 09, 2005

At last, proof the Scottish are miserable bastards!

Historically, the health of Scots has lagged behind that of the English. Previously, this has been explained away by differential poverty rates.

Now, a study suggests (caveat lector, natch) that that excuse does not hold water:
While 26% of the Scottish population was in the bottom social class in 1981, the proportion had fallen to 14% in 2001. Over the same period, mortality rates in Scotland rose from 12% higher than England’s to 15% higher.

Taking deprivation, age and sex into account, the death- rate gap between Scotland and England widened from 4.7% to 8.2%.

A nation that breakfasts (if at all) on a heart attack on a plate fry-up and whose marquee delicacy is the deep-fried Mars bar is clearly sending out some kind of message.

Joking apart, it's clearly a grossly inadequate story: there is no alternative with these health stories to crunching the numbers, and those might well spoil the joke. There is such a thing as the Public Health Institute of Scotland: you could start by trying the international comparison stats it produces (here and here (both PDF) [1]).

Any journalist worthy of the name would, of course, provide links to enable those interested to check out the point. Certainly, if they were cowering in fear from the Blogger Revolution of 2004 - as touted by the likes of Jay Rosen and Jeff Jarvis - they would.

As it is, they're in the pub, getting stuck into their meat pies and pints of heavy.

  1. I can't find the detailed stats that back up the second report.

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