Who said Scots were not more left-wing than those in the rest of the UK?


Back in 2014, the oily Alex Massie, one of many doubters, wrote in the Tory mag, the Spectator:

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True, Scots are more likely than other Britons to identify with the left but when it comes to actual individual policies they are much closer to the British average than is commonly presumed. Nice, kind, progressive Scotland is a myth as cherished as it is, well, mythical.‘


In the months before the Referendum, BBC Scotland used our money to commission a survey which again seemed to suggest we were not that different from our southern neighbours on issues like immigration, taxation and welfare. It beats me why they think attitudes to immigration can be classified as a left or right-wing.


However, this new survey from YouGov, on attitudes to capitalism and how it is currently operating, does seem to demonstrate that Scots are significantly more concerned about it. See below:

Which of the following comes closest to your view on capitalism in Britain today?

% Total London Rest of South Midlands Wales North Scotland
Capitalism is working well in Britain and does not need tinkering with 17 18 21 16 14 11
Capitalism isn’t working properly and Britain, and needs to be fixed as it is the best way we have to run 33 34 34 35 27 39
Capitalism is harmful to Britain and there are other, better ways to manage society 17 17 14 18 17 22
Don’t know 33 31 31 31 42 28



The lumping together of Wales and the Midlands is both puzzling and probably distorting. While 61% of Scots have negative perceptions of capitalism, in none of the English regions do more than 50% share that view. London, even with its large pockets of poverty only just passes 50%. I suspect a discrete figure for Wales might approach the Scottish one but combining it with the English Midlands seems likely to have concealed that. I find it remarkable that the impoverished and neglected North has only 44% with negative views but again that figure is misleading in its conflation of the more affluent areas in the North with the North-East around Newcastle. We’re often told the Northern English are more like us in their political views.

Remember, this survey was done after the Corbyn surge too.

So, to my mind, this is more evidence we are different enough to be a different country.


3 thoughts on “Who said Scots were not more left-wing than those in the rest of the UK?

  1. Clydebuilt September 30, 2017 / 9:47 am

    The BBC said it, they also tried to get into our heid’s just after the Brexit vote that Scots are as Euro septic as the English. . . Call Kaye tried it even though we had just voted strongly to remain. . . desperation!


      • Clydebuilt September 30, 2017 / 1:59 pm

        Friday’s call Kaye hoisted by Stephen Jardine covered the. “Crisis in nursing”. Awful.

        Think it was Thursday’s edition where the topic was Named person, 2nd last person was in social work management, and positive about NP, there was only a few minutes go go , Kaye burst in shut the man up and said we’ve got a caller got to go to him, diabolical, made out that his family had some contact with social work , their contact sat across the desk smirking at them, hinting his family would have further problems with social work. obvious plant, (Labour Party?) . . . First an last impressions ,

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