I’ve been posting almost entirely good new stories, talking-up Scotland, in an effort to counter the depressing effects of our doom-laden, Unionist media. To finish the year off, here are a some of nearly a thousand of them, to hopefully lighten your heart:
Scotland has higher gross disposable income per head than most UK regions
Scottish graduates more likely to find work or further study than other UK graduates
Unemployment at record low, employment up, economy growing, youth unemployment amongst lowest in Europe, business confidence increasing, oil jobs returning, health indicators improving to world’s best: That’ll be Norway? No? Scotland!? SNP baaaad!
Scotsman headline is untrue: hate offences against Jews in Scotland are extremely rare by contrast with the rest of the UK?
Scottish public sector to put poverty and inequality at heart of decision-making despite UK Government’s abandonment of the principle
Ruth and Kezia sob as they hear Scotland is ranked as the best place in the UK to start a business. Will this good news never end?
Tourism spending in Scotland surges ahead of UK figure
Scotland takes nearly 26% of Syrian refugees settled in UK with only 8% of the UK population
58 000 baby boxes to help increase life chances and now Scotland will be the first country in the world to provide free sanitary products to ‘end period poverty’. This is the kind of country I want to live in.
Scottish Veterinary researchers working to improve the health and productivity of farmed animals in sub-Saharan Africa.
Scotland has the best performing trains AND the lowest prices increases in UK
Institute for Fiscal Studies reveals Scotland to have become more affluent than every other part of the UK bar the South-East of England and that much (most?) of this improvement has come under the SNP
SNP continues to build far more schools than Labour did/could
German Greens and Free Democrats repeat: ‘Door is open to Scotland in EU.’
UN condemns UK Government’s ‘human catastrophe’ on disability rights but praises Scottish Government’s actions
SNP to bring in free personal care for disabled under-65s by April 2019
Scottish teachers report lower job demands, better relationships and lower perceived stress levels than those in England and only 4% are considering leaving their jobs
Homelessness falls in Scotland as it rises in England, mainly driven by heartless Tory welfare reforms
The Auditor General strongly, with no qualifications, commends the Scottish Government on its ‘sound’ management of the economy. The lowest under-spend since devolution.
Scots most ‘digitally savvy’ citizens in the UK?
Scots the least respectful of the upper classes: More evidence of a difference that makes a difference?
Scottish Government meets its youth employment target four years early to place Scotland as among the most successful in Europe
Scotland’s homicide rate falls by 47%, is lower than the rate for England and Wales and has fallen faster than many other countries in the ten years of SNP government
Scottish food and drink exports still booming so is it still only 28% of the UK’s food and drink exports? We’re still only 8% of the population
Racial hate crimes increase by 33% in England & Wales while falling by 10% in Scotland: Who says we’re not different?
Scottish care workers to receive Living Wage for ‘sleepover’ hours while English care workers receive only the National Minimum Wage.
Would Nicola Sturgeon’s fairer and more equal Scotland be a more productive one too?
Despite massive increases in demand, NHS Scotland maintains performance levels extremely close to the most rigorous of targets and patient satisfaction is at an all-time high. Audit Scotland say: ‘There were no significant weaknesses in the overall quality of care being provided.’
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?
Despite already having the lowest rate of child poverty in the UK, Scotland will become the first and only part with statutory targets to tackle it
With 1 in 4 living wage employers already in Scotland, the Scottish Government aims to make this a ‘Living Wage Nation’
80% of full-term baby deaths [in England] could be prevented by improving staffing levels. ‘There is not a shortage of midwives in Scotland’ (BBC Scotland)
Extracting the positives for Scottish Government from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation report on Poverty which you are unlikely to hear of elsewhere: Lower poverty, better qualified workers, lower domestic violence, smaller educational gaps and eating just as much fruit!
A good new year to all of you who read, share and comment here. I really value it.