Neal Ascherson, Scotland is not a conservative country

Assuming, he wrote the headline, I have to disagree with Neal Ascherson for the first time in my life.

In 1967, instructed by my Higher History teacher to start reading a serious newspaper, I bought the Observer and an article by Neal opened my eyes.

More recently, I nominated him for an honorary degree at UWS.

But, this notion that Scotland is a small c, conservative nation is very out-of-date.

Two years ago I wrote this:

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.

On 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.

On 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.

Click to access TheSundayTimes_VI_191108_w.pdf

This 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:

Scotland drifting away from nasty place as SNP Government launches funeral benefit for those on low income

Different NHS Scotland and Wales reject England’s hostile environment for vulnerable migrant mothers-to-be

Scotland IS a different place as its universities offer guaranteed places to care leavers

Abuse of women and the disabled far higher in England than in Scotland

Less homicide, less knife crime, less domestic violence, safer cities and now much lower alcohol problems: should Scotland’s old stereotypes be sent south?

Racial hate crimes increase by 33% in England & Wales while falling by 10% in Scotland: Who says we’re not different?

Scottish Muslim students far less likely to report abuse or crime?

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’

With 1 in 4 living wage employers already in Scotland, the Scottish Government aims to make this a ‘Living Wage Nation’

8% of the UK population and 28% of living wage employers. More evidence that we are different enough to want to run the whole show?

80 000 lowest paid workers in NHS England still on poverty wages as NHS Scotland follows Scottish Government policy to pay a living wage to all public-sector employees

Scottish care workers to receive Living Wage for ‘sleepover’ hours while English care workers receive only the National Minimum Wage.

Different Scotland in the UN report on ‘Workhouse Britain’

Scottish values making oil and gas firms a tad different too?

Are Scotland’s employers also different – more willing to pay a decent wage?

With 1 in 4 living wage employers already in Scotland, the Scottish Government aims to make this a ‘Living Wage Nation’

8% of the UK population and 28% of living wage employers. More evidence that we are different enough to want to run the whole show?

Another difference as UK small and medium-sized business people prefer Boris while Scots prefer…

Another difference between Scotland and rUK?

Scottish Government support for small businesses superior to that in non-Scottish parts of UK

And, more recently, on September 25 2021:

Scotland has become the first country in the world to embed lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inclusive-education across the school curriculum.

All school staff will be given a basic awareness e-learning course on LGBT inclusive education and a toolkit of LGBT-inclusive education teaching resources.

Subjects across age groups will now include LGBT identities, issues and history in a bid to promote equality and reduce bullying.

And a dedicated website will also be launched with resources for information to support young people.

Parents, teachers, young people and LGBT organisations helped to develop the website, e-learning course and teaching resources.

A report by charity Stonewall found nearly half of lesbian, gay, bi and trans pupils – including 64 per cent of trans pupils – are bullied at school for being LGBT.

The move has been welcomed by campaign groups.

https://news.stv.tv/scotland/scotland-first-country-in-world-to-teach-lgbt-inclusivity-in-schools?top

The National, the Herald and UK Today News have welcomed this development.

BBC Scotland is busy with soldiers arriving in Scotland to drive non-emergency ambulances, horror reports of Covid death surges, hospital drains killing weans and a 200 year-old palm tree.

Scotland’s people, on social and economic affairs, are essentially progressive, liberal and leftist.

8 thoughts on “Neal Ascherson, Scotland is not a conservative country

  1. Neal Ascherson seems to have been replaced by a dismal clone.
    Scotland has changed immeasurably in the last three decades.
    Gone is the religious “repression” that has held Scotland down/back for three centuries.

    Gone is much of the Tory ascendency in Scotland, which pretended to be on Scotland s side but always kow-towed to London.

    Ditto the Labour party (Tory in a red cloak), which for a century sold Scottish interests down the river.
    Abolish the Lords? They would have a heart-attack!

    Gone is the fore-lock tugging “adoration of the Winsors”. A family with no feeling for Scottish identity, who sinse the time of the Hanovarians have used two titles for every Royal person.
    Their English title, which has pre-eminence and a Scottish afterthought title.

    Gone is respect for the BBC, an organisation steeped in political bias and London-centric attitudes.
    It takes licence fee money from Scots and spends little of it in and on “Scottish” programming.

    Nope, Scotland has changed, but exiled Scots have been left behind deluded by their youthful memories and fantasies.

    Liked by 7 people

  2. The public monies and revenues taken from Scotland for years to prop up Tories for whom Scotland never voted is coming to an end.

    The £Billions of Scottish funds and revenues illegally and secretly taken cannot be sustained.

    The illegal wars and financial fraud leaving people in poverty. Killing millions a d wasting £Trns. Ruining the world economy. Westminster total illegal non scrutinised finances. Tax evasion and corruption. Westminster corruption and law breaking has to stop by voting for Independence. Scotland would be better off.

    Scotland has never voted Conservative by a majority, for 70 years. Scotland has consistency voted to keep the Tories out. No wonder. The political system has been illegally, secretly and illegally manipulated by the Tories to keep them in power. Breaking every rule in the book and every Law in the land. The corruption of election. Breaking every electoral rule and data protection rule. Acting illegally with impunity.

    They will be voted out. 2 years. The clock is now ticking.

    Liked by 5 people

    1. Well said Gordon, not sure the Tories will be ‘voted out’ sadly. Also their Labour party are not much better or different to their Tory party. England gets what England votes for at a ‘general election’ meant to represent the people of the whole of the Uk, Scotland gets what England votes for. It could hardly be less democratic.

      Looks like the ‘Scotland is Tory’, you’s let the Thatcher in’ myth is being spread about by these Tory rags. You know people talk about socialism, they talk about centre right or centre left, and what does that mean these days? I see the SNP and the Scottish Greens in fact, as social democratic parties, not sure how else to describe them, but, they are more socialist than the Labour party, who have been centre right at best since the Bliar era. Let’s not forget, Thatcher said ‘New Labour’ was her best achievment!

      I have seen discussion particularly via Indy Car Gordon Ross, ( who I greatly respect and enjoy his channel) about what conservatives are saying in Scotland, the narrative being that A. Tomkins calling out the London ones for being a bit naughty, means that the Tories in Scotland are perhaps a bit less right wing fascist. Also saw a very good comment at WGD about just that, countering the idea that Tories in Scotland are Cons with a small ‘c’. They are quite the opposite in fact.

      Never trust a Tory and this, Scotland is conservative with a small ‘c’ is a ploy to portray Scotland as socially right wing, and the Tory branch in Scotland as somehow the bastions of worker friendly, welfare friendly, people of the people, when quite the opposite is true. They could not give a damn about the workers, those who are at the mercy of the UK DWP, the homeless, or the welfare of anyone but themselves and they’d shove anyone under a bus who gets in their way of the publicly funded trough which they sup from at great expense to the people of Scotland.

      ‘We love you Scotland’, we know you are really in our gang of cons, ha ha ha, kick, kick kick. NO thanks ToryCONS in Scotland, we see you, bullies and self serving liars. Scotland is now in the 21st century and you are not going to be allowed to reverse the positive progress made in the past twelve years or so. Forward looking, outward looking, socially responsible, and environmentally progressive, Scotland needs no one telling them they are really just Tories same as their English neighbours. Fabricated rubbish from the desperate BritNat so called media, Scotland has moved on and is not going to be taken backwards by any ToryCon party.

      Don’t be CONNED Scotland.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. “Scotland is conservative with a small ‘c’ is a ploy to portray Scotland as socially right wing,

        Interesting. I interpreted that as meaning to say Scotland was a bit more likely to be wary of huge changes. What you might call low-key and ‘old-fashioned’, rather than that it was more right wing.

        The rest of your comment I can agree with. Although possibly not mistrusting all tories – just the bulk of them! My mother was from a pig-in-a-blue-ribbon tory voting family. She didn’t recognise Thatcher as tory, or, indeed, any that followed, let alone this lot. She wouldn’t have voted for any of them. (Well, she was honest, trustworthy, loyal and compassionate. So you wouldn’t expect her to!)

        I think values have changed. This gang pretend they still have them. Or they used to. But, of course, they don’t have any values at all, except monetary ones. There’s a lot of people still being fooled by the propaganda the good prof exposes.

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Generally a simple but effective observation
    If Scot,s see a English activity that is perceived as inherently wrong
    Then by instinct Scotland and by majority we will move in a completely opposite direction
    I firmly believe we are genetically hard wired to seek honour with respect and compassion for our fellow citizens and fellow Humans
    And that is exactly why Unionism is banging its thick and stupid cranium off
    The Great Genetic Wall of genetics and evolution
    Only result they can ever possibly gain
    Is a massive thumping sore head
    And their current actions appear to clearly show symptoms of such pains upon their foreheads

    Like

  4. ‘Scotland the land of discovery and invention’, has shaped the modern world. Anything but conservative. Scotland’s influence has spread around the world. TV, radio, telecommunications leading on to the internet. A 40 million diasporia.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.