Sunshine on Leith? Edinburgh the most prosperous city after London



According to a report in the Scottish Business New Network, it’s all good news for Edinburgh (including Leith?) these days. Even sunshine levels were up 10% on last year. The main point of the article however was that Edinburgh is the most prosperous city in the UK after London. I suppose I should be cheering this but I’m a bit restrained by wishing other parts of the country were sharing more in Edinburgh’s good fortune especially when it is the least pro-Independence city in Scotland. However, it’s still in Scotland, so here’s the evidence

  • most prosperous UK city outside London
  • fastest growing population after Manchester
  • the lowest unemployment of any major UK city in each of the last ten calendar years
  • adds the greatest value to the economy
  • highest average disposable income per resident
  • created the highest number of jobs through foreign direct investment after London
  • percentage of the workforce with a degree level qualification or equivalent higher than any other major UK city at 55%,
  • highest satisfaction rates with public transport among other Scottish cities at 89%

There’s more self-congratulation in the full article but my heart’s not in Midlothian.

2 thoughts on “Sunshine on Leith? Edinburgh the most prosperous city after London

  1. macgilleleabhar September 20, 2017 / 10:22 am

    I agree with your sentiments John Dude which is why I was pleased at yesterday’s news that the new Benefits agency is being split between Glasgow and Dundee. I can’t see any point in centralisation in an era of instant communication.
    This is a problem that will have to be addressed on independence.


  2. johnrobertson834 September 20, 2017 / 10:54 am

    Thanks MacDude. I’m trying not to get too annoyed by Edinburgh but with its Uni full of non-Scots and its Tory electorate, it’s hard.Oh, yes, instant communication – exactly! And down here in Ayrshire it’s a bit neglected too. as my other influence Kurt Vonnegut would have said – So it goes?

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