Let me be clear from the outset that by the word ‘Scot’, I mean absolutely anyone who lives here, who regardless of ethnicity or birthplace or other largely physical identifier, has a level of fondness for the place and who wants it to be better than it currently is. I can’t rule out unionists from this group though I think they misjudge the situation. As for Tories, well OK, but that’s quite a stretch given the dominant narrative about Scotland their leaders daily spout and the actions to harm us, their Westminster bosses favour.
So, to the point, the above Times report on Strathclyde University research says:
People in Scotland are more concerned about social justice than their counterparts in England, research suggests.
The British Social Attitudes survey found almost three quarters of people in Scotland believed the distribution of income in the UK was unequal, compared with two thirds in England.
A quarter of people in Scotland said that they believed they lived in an unequal society while one in six held similar views in England.
Chris Deeming, a senior lecturer at Strathclyde University, said: “There is a greater concern about social justice in Scotland than in England, though perhaps the difference is of degree rather than of kind. Certainly, attitudes towards inequality north of the border do not, at present at least, match the profile of Nordic social attitudes.https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/scots-worry-more-about-unfairness-than-the-english-g7r0clhsb
That’s good enough for me. What factor might be responsible for us not being being able to, ‘at present at least, match the profile of Nordic social attitudes?’ Independence from the domination of the nasty party and its effects?
I’ve been here before though not so much these days.
Here’s some older stuff on the extent to which ‘we’ are different.
From the Scottish Government in February 2020:
The right to vote in Scottish Parliament and local government elections has been extended today, with the passing of the Scottish Elections (Franchise and Representation) Bill. The Bill extends voting rights to all foreign nationals with leave to remain, including all those granted refugee status. It also extends candidacy rights to foreign nationals with indefinite leave to remain, and to those with pre-settled status.This also marks the first time in the history of the Scottish Parliament that a Bill has passed after requiring a super-majority, the support of two thirds of the 129 members elected.
It’s been some time since I listed the many, often small, ways in which Scotland IS different from rUK, dare I say ‘better than’, and is becoming more so with every passing month of SNP administration. Here are some earlier but still quite recent examples:
Only in Scotland! ‘A review of small country’s approaches to public policy reform in response to economic, demographic and other pressures found that only in Scotland could this ‘golden thread’ be so clearly discerned’
And this from from January 2020:
From the Scottish Government News site today:
‘Young carers going through the immigration process will be able to apply for the Scottish Government’s Young Carer Grant without fear of it risking their immigration status. The change comes following lengthy discussions between the Scottish and UK Governments to amend Home Office regulations. With a payment of £300 the Young Carer Grant helps improve the quality of life for 16, 17 and 18-year-olds who spend an average of 16 hours caring for someone who receives a disability benefit. The Young Carer Grant was introduced in 2019 with an expected investment of £600,000 from the Scottish Government in 2019/20. Current regulations state that due to Home Office restrictions, young carers who are subject to immigration control are not eligible to receive the grant’
This list all needs a bit of pruning and tidying but maybe later. We’re an untidy people?