I can just say anything I like and I get away with it, mummy!

There is a danger that some folk watching Reporting Scotland and STV might believe the big balloon when he says:

‘Their lackadaisical government, the highest taxes anywhere in the UK, declining educational standards and inadequate healthcare!’

Both leave his astonishing rant unchallenged. No surprise there. If you know anything at all, it’s a statement of unparalleled inaccuracy. It’s all wrong. It’s stunningly galling for him to think he can say it. He has no evidence. Here is just some:

Lackadaisical government:

Three times more trust Scottish Government over UK Government to act in Scotland’s best interests. Public trust in the Scottish Government to act in the best interests of the country remains significantly higher than in the UK Government, according to the latest Scottish Social Attitudes Survey (SSA). People were nearly five times more likely to say the Scottish Government should have most influence over how the country is run than the UK Government.


Highest taxes in the UK:

Roughly speaking, people in Scotland pay less income tax than the rest of the UK on earnings below £27,000 a year, and more income tax on earnings above that. The differences are relatively marginal though.


All of those benefit from free prescriptions, free student tuition, free care for the elderly and bus passes for the over 60s.

Declining educational standards

Only 66.9% of GCSE entrants in England got 1 or more GCSE awards compared to the 86.1% in Scotland achieving 1 or more SCQF Level 5 awards.


In England, the proportion of children reaching a good level of development at age five has increased, but the attainment gap has remained fairly constant at 20 percentage points. This gap widens through secondary school, to around 28 percentage points by age 16 and 25 percentage points at age 19.

In Scotland, children aged five living in the most deprived areas were 16 percentage points less likely to reach the expected standard in reading, and 14 percentage points less likely in numeracy than those living in the least deprived areas.


94.4% of pupils had a ’positive destination’ including work, training or further study within three months of leaving school last year, official statistics show. The figures also reveal that the gap between those from the most and least deprived communities achieving a positive destination has halved since 2009/10, with an increase in positive destinations for school leavers, from both backgrounds.’


Inadequate healthcare:

There are just too many to report in full here so click on the links if you need more on these 2019 reports:

NHS Scotland hovers around near perfect efficiency as cancelled operations hold at only 2%

Dear Reporting Scotland Down, NHS Scotland A&E Services have improved performance despite surging demand

Dear Boris, NHS Scotland A&E services treat more than 90% within target despite 17% increase in demand and 15% more than NHS England can

NHS Scotland beats drug and alcohol treatment target for three years and Reporting Scotland ignores it for the same period

Reporting Scotland Down misses more Scottish cancer patients treated within target time ahead of NHS England

NHS England urged to follow Scotland’s more inclusive bowel screening and save thousands of lives but it’s not newsworthy here

NHS Scotland: Despite increased demand more chronic patients seen within target time