Our mainstream media and Unionist politicians love any evidence they can find that Scots are pretty much the same as the English and so don’t really need autonomy. However recently, we’ve had:
As for racial crimes, I’ve already noted differences in:
Returning to the headline, I think we have contemporary evidence of quite a significant difference between levels of racial crime. According to the Independent yesterday:
‘Hate crimes have rocketed by almost a third in the UK in the past year, with unprecedented spikes around the EU referendum and terror attacks recorded by police. New figures released by the Home Office confirm victims’ reports of a dramatic increase in incidents motivated by attackers’ hostility towards their race, nationality, religion or other factors. Data from police forces across England and Wales showed there were almost 80,400 hate crimes recorded in the 2016/17 financial year.’
Official figures, for Scotland, released in June 2017 tell a very different story of post-EU referendum, post terror attacks.
‘There were 3,349 charges reported in 2016-17, 10 percent fewer than in 2015-16, and the lowest number reported since 2003-04.’
Not only are racial crimes falling in Scotland as the soar in England and Wales, they are also at a much lower level in the first place. In Scotland, in 2016/2017, there was one racial crime for every 1582 people. In England and Wales there was one racial crime for every 696 people. The rate in England and Wales is thus more than twice as high as it is in Scotland.