NOT conflating the aberrant with the norm like BBC
Progressive, leftist values: Scotland and the Deep South
YouGov’s poll on 7th and 8th November, has some interesting data on attitudes toward taxation and nationalisation which suggest quite clear differences between the people of Scotland and those of the South of England.
raising the basic tax rate to 21% to spend more on public services and
infrastructure, 43% of Scots supported this but only 33% of those in the South
of England would. At the higher rates, the gap was smaller, but Scots were more
supportive of the idea.
nationalising the energy companies, 51% of Scots supported the idea and only
19% opposed it but for those in the South of England the figures were 46% and
32%. Perhaps reflecting the chaos on the rails there, support for nationalising
the railways was equally strong in the South at 58%. Of course, Scots were
asked about nationalising already publicly owner water companies.
has given me the excuse to revisit the notion of differences in dominant values
which, I realise, are not necessary for independence but, I’d argue, make it
more needed. Here are a few of them: