Anxiety levels falling faster in Scotland as independence looms

From Personal well-being in the UK: April 2018 to March 2019 Estimates of life satisfaction, feeling that the things done in life are worthwhile, happiness and anxiety at the UK, country, regional, county and local authority level, it is apparent that average levels of anxiety are falling faster in Scotland than in England and Wales while rising dramatically in Northern Ireland.

While such changes will have complex explanations, it is tempting to see at least some evidence in them of Scots benefitting from the more inclusive and caring policies of their government and from the lower levels of poverty associated with easier access to affordable housing reported today by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. As for the Northern Irish, might the increasing worries around the restoration of a hard border, that were spreading around then (Spring 2019), have been a major factor in the greater anxieties suggested there? 

The regional data on four aspects of well-being are particularly interesting with three of the ‘best’ four areas in Scotland:

The co-existence of high levels of positive feeling along with a high level of anxiety in Orkney in contrast with that in Western Isles is beyond my psychology unless it’s the whisky?

Published by johnrobertson834

Retired Professor of Media Politics Not-for-profit independent political analysis

5 thoughts on “Anxiety levels falling faster in Scotland as independence looms

  1. Why did I not hear about this on the BBC , is it because people are anticipating a better life in an independent Scotland and that would be a taboo subject for them to cover ? .

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  2. Anxious times in the High North.

    Orkney sheep are fleet of foot,
    and blonde haired like a poodle.
    If you’re no fast, then come the dance,
    you’ll hae naeb’dy tae canoodle

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      1. The Beach Boys thought she was a “goer”.

        A Ba-Ba-Ba-Ba Barbara Ann
        Ba-Ba-Ba-Ba Barbara Ann.

        Went to a dance, looking for romance,
        Saw Barbara Ann so I thought I’d take a chance on
        Barbara Ann.

        Makes you wonder if Brian and boys were Shetlanders?

        Or Doonhamers?


  3. Sorry, not Shetlanders–Orkadians.

    Shetlanders (I know a few) being more into—torchlit promenading in butch fur coats with tight leather thongs, shiny medallions and tin hats with plastic “horns” sticking out—and of course its ALL boys with big beards.

    Doonhamers?……. Fluffy Mundell–need I say more?

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