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.

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.

https://d25d2506sfb94s.cloudfront.net/cumulus_uploads/document/wxdn9e6z4w/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

Comparing Storm and Flood Protection in Scotland and England

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As large parts of England flood, the Scottish Government launches a new action plan to further improve the management of flood risk and I’m reminded of a 2016 report here in response to Reporting Scotland letting someone claim unchallenged that protection was better in England.

The new plan is here but there is a longer story to tell, below:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/living-flooding-action-plan-delivering-property-flood-resilience-scotland/

As far back as 2006, researchers at the English College of Estates Management, whose patron is HRH Prince of Wales, made a number of highly encouraging comments about the achievements of the Labour-run Scottish Executive, SEPA and the Local Authorities:

‘In 1993, storms over Scotland exceeded the severity of storms over the South-East of England, however little damage resulted. This is because the Building (Scotland) Act, 2003 has introduced tougher building standards, thus buildings in Scotland are constructed to reflect the harsher conditions: and thus damage and subsequent insurance claims are significantly reduced.

As far as flood protection is concerned, unlike in England, the 1 in 200 year standard of protection is ‘universal’ for all new buildings, with a 1,000 year standard for such vulnerable uses as old people’s homes, schools, hospitals etc.. In addition, construction in flood hazard areas has almost completely ended. Crichton (2003: 26) estimates that “the active flood management programme currently in progress will result in almost all high risk properties being protected against the 200-year flood within the next three years, taking climate change into account.” It is also interesting to note that the Scottish Executive grants for flood defences have never been refused on the grounds of budget restraints and there is no rationing of flood defence spending.

It is clear, however, that the more stringent building standards which are applied in Scotland ensure that severe storms result in much less property damage than comparable events in England. Also the level of flood protection and the commitment of funding to achieve flood protection are higher in Scotland than in England.’

More recently, with SNP leadership, the favourable comparison still seems to hold. Published research from the esteemed Joseph Rowntree Foundation, in 2012, seems to support my first impressions quite strongly:

‘Where English planning regulations permit building in flood plains where there is no alternative, Scottish Planning Policy does not permit building in areas in which ‘the flood risk exceeds the 200-year return period’, i.e. where in any year there is a greater than 0.5 per cent probability of flooding. Scotland has stronger regulations governing the capacity of sewage and drainage systems for new building. It also has stronger minimum standards for flood defences. Building regulations ensuring flood resilience in the housing stock are more developed. Scottish planners, through Flood Liaison and Advice Groups, are engaged with local communities, the emergency services, insurers and other interested parties in drawing up flood plans. The differences in regulatory regimes between England and Scotland are reflected in the number of households that are at risk of flooding, and the resilience of communities in responding to those risks.’

The level of investment will be one factor in these differences. In recent years, spending in England and Wales has declined seriously after significant increases under Labour in 1997 to 2010, as revealed in a UK Parliament Briefing Paper from 2015:

‘Central Government spending on flood defence in 2010-11 was cut soon after the Coalition Government was formed. Spending was reduced in one year by £30 million or 5%. In the 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review (2011-12 to 2014-15), a total of £2.17 billion in central government funding was provided for flood and coastal defence. This represented “a six percent fall in central government funding”, The Committee on Climate Change calculated that this represented a real term cut of around 20% compared to the previous spending period.’

In sharp contrast, for Scotland, we see in a Scottish Parliament Committee Paper for 2014-2015, evidence of increasing investment:

‘With regard to flood protection and alleviation, the Committee welcomes the cash terms increases in the funding available to SEPA, and to the Natural Assets and Flooding  budget, both of which sit in the RAE portfolio. The Committee believes that, due to climate change, severe weather events will become increasingly likely in Scotland in years to come, and it is therefore essential that flood forecasting and warning systems be as accurate and robust as possible. The Committee welcomes the increased funding for flood forecasting and warning in the RAE portfolio and recommends that the Scottish Government continue to ensure sufficient funding is available to improve flood forecasting and warning systems, to ensure greater consistency across the whole of Scotland.’

As for more recent evidence of superiority in the Scottish system, see this at the Scottish government site and little (surprise, surprise) MSM coverage of it at the time:

‘£42 million a year plan over the next decade.

More than 10,000 families are to benefit from a ten year strategy to protect homes in many of Scotland’s most flood-prone communities. The plan is the result of grant funding totalling £420 million and follows an agreement reached between the Scottish Government and COSLA. The cash will be used to deliver 40 new flood protection projects and support local flood risk management plans. More than 130 flood protection studies will be carried out to help find potential solutions for another 26,000 residential properties currently at risk. The announcement came as the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, fulfilled her pledge to return to Newton Stewart following an earlier visit in the aftermath of flooding at Hogmanay.’

So, unlike the UK Government, the Scottish Government has maintained or bettered the investment and the sophistication in flood prevention here. Had I been writing in 2006, the Labour-controlled Scottish Executive would have rightly claimed any credit for performance north of the border. In 2016, the SNP-controlled Scottish Parliament can do the same. Will BBC Scotland allow them to do it? They clearly didn’t in the run-up to General Election in 2016 so I doubt it.

There you have it, my attempt to shore up our defence plans against a flood of BBC bias (See what I did there, again, again?) as we approach the UK Monsoon season.

Sources:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37306094

http://news.sky.com/story/16312m-flood-defence-plan-an-elastoplast-say-victims-10569571

http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Environment/Water/Flooding

College of Estates Management at:https://www.cem.ac.uk/media/28193/flooding.pdf

UK Parliament Briefing Paper at: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:tGK3kUO-iKEJ:www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/sn05755.pdf+&cd=4&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk

Scottish Parliament Paper at:http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/70875.aspx

Scottish Act on Control of Flood water at:http://www.gov.scot/Resource/Doc/1057/0094052.pdf

WWF Report at: http://nationalfloodforum.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/floodplanner_web.pdf

Professor Penning-Rowsell at: http://evidence.environment-

Recent tweets: Election, sickbait, diptheria and Russian Tory donors

https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2019/11/the-uks-macabre-final-election/
https://www.scottishreviewofbooks.org/2010/08/the-srb-interview-tom-devine/
https://thoughtcontrolscotland.com/2018/06/16/significant-fall-in-religiously-aggravated-offences-against-roman-catholics-in-scotland/

https://thoughtcontrolscotland.com/2017/07/01/as-religious-fundamentalists-gain-influence-in-the-uk-im-pleased-to-note-that-six-out-of-ten-scots-have-rejected-organised-religion/
https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/dark-money-investigations/revealed-russian-donors-have-stepped-tory-funding/

The ‘Scottish’ Express in a desperate attempt to mislead their readers as SNP surge in polls

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A private healthcare consultancy from Boston is working with NHS Scotland to increase efficiency. Don’t Tories like increases in efficiency? Is the hypocrisy really on show here, once more, in the Boris Express? The Institute for Healthcare Improvement is, importantly, not delivering any part of the NHS in Scotland’s frontline services but, hey, the Express doesn’t tell you that. The Express only tells us that the contract is worth millions but, of course don’t tell you just how much nor what percentage of the total expenditure of £12.2 BILLION it might be.

More important, however, the Express won’t be telling its readers any of these FACTS, just the most recent, revealing NHS Scotland as the best in the UK and one of the best in the world:

Scottish Tories help us report private surgery is TEN TIMES higher per head of population and ‘soaring’ in ‘enfeebled’ NHS England. You guessed. It’s FALLING here under SNP

Increased doctor and nurse training in NHS Scotland

Dear Boris: Despite 5.6% increase in demand NHS Scotland A&E departments hold steady and were 16% better than NHS England in September

Dear Boris: NHS Scotland largest reductions in surgical deaths EVER documented!

SNP tell Boris they can manage NHS England for him as temporary nurse spending soars there to nearly THREE times higher per head of population than in Scotland

Cancer mortality rates in Scotland continue to fall as NHS Scotland treats more and faster

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 increasing mental health discharges by 33% in 10 years with 95% treated near to home

As NHS England denies single women Scotland’s IVF service is 100%

Scottish Lib Dems fume as NHS England told to copy NHS Scotland?

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

Jeanne Freeman demolishes Miles Briggs by revealing that NHS England is short of 25 times as many beds as NHS Scotland is

Are there fewer crime assaults against NHS Scotland staff because they’re more effective and better staffed?

Why Labour and Lib Dem supporters in Ayr should vote SNP in their own interests and to keep Boris Johnson out!

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New SNP candidate Allan Dorans, former Detective Inspector with ‘the Met’, and the author leading from the rear

Most voters in Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock want a society that looks after everyone. Even if you’re young and fit today, you know that you will someday need help. If you have older or disabled relatives and friends you want them to get the public services which the SNP, Labour and to some extent, the Lib Dems are committed to. Here are the 2017 results:

  • Conservative   18 550
  • SNP                  15 776
  • Labour             11 024
  • Lib Dem           872

In 2017, around 27 000 voted for parties embracing these progressive values and only 18 550 voted for Tory austerity so the majority got what they hadn’t voted for. I realise that some of those Tory voters didn’t really know that they were voting for austerity but are just in a habit of voting Tory.

Opinion polls across Scotland, from the more reliable YouGov, put the SNP ahead on around 46%, Tories on 22% and Labour collapsing to around only 10% but in seats like Ayr, the Tory vote is stronger. Don’t let Ayr be one of the very few where they hang on because you’ve wasted your vote.

Only the SNP can beat the Tories here so Labour voters need to put their own interests ahead of party loyalty and vote strategically to get the Tories out.

It’s not just austerity. Boris Johnson’s new right-wing Tories want to leave the EU anyway they can, with enormous damage to all of our lives. Workers’ rights and conditions will be sacrificed. Jobs will be lost as the economy shrinks. Food standards will be lowered – rat hairs, maggots and mould in the food chain. EU tax regulations, due to come in soon, preventing the super-rich from keeping their money secretly off-shore and avoiding taxation will be prevented. That’s why the super-rich are backing Brexit, tricking the rest of the population into thinking they can control our borders. If you vote Labour or Lib Dem, you might let in an Ayr MP who gives Boris the majority he needs to damage the lives of many of those who live here.

So, come on, Labour and Lib Dem voters! I used to be a Labour supporter myself. I know it hurts to realise that the Scottish Labour leadership has failed us. Decades of power in Scotland but no real effect on UK priorities so allowing Scotland to stay poor and exploited. I haven’t even mentioned the oil which no UK government has taxed properly, and Scottish oilfields Gordon Brown gave away.

Nuclear Waste Threat! One reason why South Ayrshire voters should never trust the Tories

(c) Ayr Adertiser

As highly toxic nuclear waste trains continue to run through Ayr, Prestwick and Barrassie, every two or three days, against the law, I’m reminded of how in the early 1980s the Thatcher government tried to use the Ayrshire Hills as a dump for dangerous waste that would not become safe for thousands of years.

Ayr CND reported on these trains in 2017 and pointed out that moving the waste in this way is both dangerous due to possible leaks, and is against Scottish Law. The SNP Government at Holyrood is opposed to such transport, but it continues, to meet the needs of the UK nuclear industry.

Read more: https://www.ayradvertiser.com/news/15546135.concern-at-nuclear-waste-on-south-ayrshire-railways/

Deeply worrying, in 2018, one of these trains ran a stop signal near Kingussie and was then forced to sit in a siding, contrary to regulations, for six hours. This is forbidden because it is known that the containers constantly emit low-level radiation.

Read more: https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16356092.investigation-launched-after-train-carrying-nuclear-material-ran-stop-signal-at-kingussie/

Lorries carrying nuclear weapons run close to Ayrshire, regularly on the M74, and of course, submarines pass between Ayr and Arran carrying enough weapons to wipe us all out many times over. Retiring MP, Bill Grant is, of course, a supporter of the nuclear non-deterrent and, as far as I can see, has shown no interest in the risk to his constituents of the trains. Don’t expect his replacement to be any different. The SNP is firmly opposed to the lorries, the trains and the submarines.

40 years ago, the same contempt for the people they represent

Mullwharchar from Loch Doon

In 1980, the Thatcher Government planned to store huge quantities of nuclear waste inside Mullwharchar, a hill at the south end of Loch Doon and visible from Ayr. The local Tory MP, George Younger, said and did nothing to prevent it despite, or perhaps because of, being Secretary of State for Scotland and a cabinet member. Local protest groups, in the end, managed to have the plan abandoned but no thanks to him or local Tories.

Read more: https://api.parliament.uk/historic-hansard/commons/1979/dec/21/nuclear-waste-disposal-loch-doon

You can argue all day, about the economy, public spending, health, education or policing but when a party so clearly cares nothing for your safety or that of your children or your children’s children, then you cannot trust them with anything.

Nuclear Waste Threat! One reason why South Ayrshire voters should never trust the Tories

(c) Ayr Advertiser

As highly toxic nuclear waste trains continue to run through Ayr, Prestwick and Barrassie, every two or three days, against the law, I’m reminded of how in the early 1980s the Thatcher government tried to use the Ayrshire Hills as a dump for dangerous waste that would not become safe for thousands of years.

Ayr CND reported on these trains in 2017 and pointed out that moving the waste in this way is both dangerous due to possible leaks, and is against Scottish Law. The SNP Government at Holyrood is opposed to such transport, but it continues, to meet the needs of the UK nuclear industry.

Read more: https://www.ayradvertiser.com/news/15546135.concern-at-nuclear-waste-on-south-ayrshire-railways/

Deeply worrying, in 2018, one of these trains ran a stop signal near Kingussie and was then forced to sit in a siding, contrary to regulations, for six hours. This is forbidden because it is known that the containers constantly emit low-level radiation.

Read more: https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16356092.investigation-launched-after-train-carrying-nuclear-material-ran-stop-signal-at-kingussie/

Lorries carrying nuclear weapons run close to Ayrshire, regularly on the M74, and of course, submarines pass between Ayr and Arran carrying enough weapons to wipe us all out many times over. Retiring MP, Bill Grant is, of course, a supporter of the nuclear non-deterrent and, as far as I can see, has shown no interest in the risk to his constituents of the trains. Don’t expect his replacement to be any different. The SNP is firmly opposed to the lorries, the trains and the submarines.

40 years ago, the same contempt for the people they represent

Mullwharchar from Loch Doon

In 1980, the Thatcher Government planned to store huge quantities of nuclear waste inside Mullwharchar, a hill at the south end of Loch Doon and visible from Ayr. The local Tory MP, George Younger, said and did nothing to prevent it despite, or perhaps because of, being Secretary of State for Scotland and a cabinet member. Local protest groups, in the end, managed to have the plan abandoned but no thanks to him or local Tories.

Read more: https://api.parliament.uk/historic-hansard/commons/1979/dec/21/nuclear-waste-disposal-loch-doon

You can argue all day, about the economy, public spending, health, education or policing but when a party so clearly cares nothing for your safety or that of your children or your children’s children, then you cannot trust them with anything.

Brexit and the End of the British empire

These extended comments posted under Coming to terms with the end by Ludo deserve a wider audience so I’ve used my ruthless editorial powers to trim them into a free-standing post.

From reader, Contrary:

First, Professor Danny Dorling (Oxford) – on Brexit and the End of the British Empire:

In his lecture he takes Interesting look at geographical features of the distribution in Leave/Remain votes in the EU referendum, raw numbers show it wasn’t the region in the north voting leave that swung the vote, it’s very much middle class southern Englanders. His look at the lack of historical education on the British empire and view of media misinformation is interesting. I’m relating this to the next two videos,,,

So, I thought I would watch the first here to see what a reasonable take might be on the media frenzy around Corbyn’s supposed anti-semitism, and found Gabor a fascinating person:

Gabor Maté on the misuse of anti-Semitism and why fewer Jews identify with Israel
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8TBBhPUwrCU

And on russiagate
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uR07OtEhKPE

Quotations from Gabor Maté:
“Don’t be afraid to be disillusioned. It is better to be disillusioned than it is to be illusioned”
“Don’t be afraid to be disidentified. Don’t identify with something outside yourself to the extent you become uncritical and blind”

I think we should all be careful not to buy into an ideology to the extent we cannot accept criticism of that ideology, as a general rule.

But isn’t it interesting how the ‘Russians interfered’ rhetoric is drummed up every now and then mostly over the past few years, are we trying to find outside excuses for our own flaws in society (hence the brexit vote). From a Scottish perspective, do we tend to be complacent (as a society, that likely includes few that will be reading this blog!) because we can blame the outside agency of Westminster for all our woes. Well, England and Westminster is to blame for the biggest of our woes, their rule, and I think those people that support independence want that independence for positive change – so have already been disillusioned – the question is how to get the rest of our society to also embrace disillusionment?

Strong comments about how the media misleads us, from all these videos, and the idea that people still buy into the myth that is Empire is my take – instead of identifying as individuals they identify self as the British state. They need to be disillusioned then to adopt some self belief. Plenty have been disillusioned over Brexit, but there should be more.

Note how voter apathy probably had a very big effect (first video) on the EU referendum – a low turnout in any vote benefits the two main parties, always, which is why they try and make politics as toxic and confusing as possible. Keep getting told you are fed up of hearing about Brexit, then have the ‘news’ repeat repeat repeat brexit news? Same with the independence rhetoric, the media and politicians try to get people sick of it, to encourage low turnout. We all love hearing about independence of course, but it’s to scare off those not quite disillusioned enough.

So go out and VOTE, vote in the GE, vote for the SNP whether you have to hold your nose or not, because that will be the only thing that MIGHT bring about change. If you don’t vote, we have no chance, we will have sat on our laurels and allowed whatever might be imposed on us. Westminster election is not a Holyrood election – the only time Scotland gets wholehearted representation of any kind in that place is when SNP are there in numbers.

But, of course, don’t be under the illusion that our own domestic politics won’t need sorted out, otherwise we could end up down that same toxic neoliberal path as the UK went down, after we get our independence (or even before). Expect to be disillusioned – but get the independence first. VOTE.

Footnote: Professor Dorling has been a useful source before. See this May 2018 post on the old deranged thought control site:

Standardised mortality rate in Scotland’s hospitals falls by nearly 10% in just three years despite crude mortality levels being static and as ‘20,000 ‘additional deaths’ have occurred in England and Wales in the first 16 weeks of this year.’

FOURTH YouGov poll in a row keeps SNP support average at over 46%

Any excuse for my favourite placards!

YouGov today for 5th to 6th November:

  • Con                  22%
  • Lab                  10%
  • DimLeb            8%
  • SNP                 47%
  • Brexit              5%
  • Greens             8%

https://d25d2506sfb94s.cloudfront.net/cumulus_uploads/document/df8cjzcpgw/TheTimes_Sky_VI_191106_w.pdf

So, since the end of October, we have 50, 41, 47 and now another 47, giving an average over four polls of 46.25%.

Why pay particular attention to the YouGov sub-polls? Here’s what the ultra-numerate James Kelly has to say:

[T]he best we have to go on are YouGov’s Scottish subsamples, which do have a very large margin of error due to the small sample size, but nevertheless are superior to other firms’ subsamples as a result of being correctly structured and weighted. 

http://scotgoespop.blogspot.com/2019/11/election-2019-early-straws-in-wind-from.html

Scottish Tories help us report private surgery is TEN TIMES higher per head of population and ‘soaring’ in ‘enfeebled’ NHS England. You guessed. It’s FALLING here under SNP

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Our Guardian reader (muesli, sandals?) Legerwood, once again alerts us.

In the Guardian today:

The number of NHS [England] patients having surgery in private hospitals has nearly trebled since 2010, sparking accusations that for-profit companies are benefitting from an “enfeebled” health system under the Conservatives. NHS figures obtained by the Guardian show that it paid for 214,967 people in England to have an operation in a private hospital in 2009-10, Labour’s last year in power. The figure soared to 613,833 last year, a 185% rise in nine years.

Seeing that, I thought, predictably I know: ‘A-ha, I bet NHS Scotland is doing far less of this per head of population.’

So, from the Scotsman in July 2019, fed of course by the always brass-necked Scottish Tories:

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‘ First Minister Nicola Sturgeon previously pledged to keep the private sector ‘at margins’ And has?

Since 2007, 68,175 NHS-funded operations have been carried out by the independent sector in Scotland – an average of almost 6,000 a year since the SNP took office. The number of operations peaked between 2013 and 2016 when they hovered around the 10,000 mark.

https://www.scotsman.com › health › nhs-scotland-operations-in-private-h…

The arithmetic is easy. More than 100 times as much private surgery or, per head of population, TEN times as much.

Also, courtesy Scottish Labour:

Spending on private healthcare providers has fallen each year of the three-year period [last three] from £46,915,781 to £41,441,592 – but Scottish Labour argue…who gives?

https://www.itv.com/news/2019-01-02/at-least-130m-spent-by-scottish-health-boards-on-private-healthcare/

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