A meme is like a cultural gene and I’ve been using the idea it tells us something about Scotland and, in particular, that it is different enough from Tory England in terms of dominant values to justify wanting to run our own show according to those values. Here are some earlier examples where I use the 8%:
Here are some others where I’m making the same point without mentioning the 8% specifically:
Yesterday, in Insider, under the headline:
Here’s how Scotland is leading the way with employee ownership
‘Selling a business to employees used to be a rare event. Now every month we hear of another company or companies becoming employee-owned. But why this surge in interest amongst Scottish businesses?’
It’s estimated that there are around 300 employee-owned businesses in the UK and that almost one-third are in Scotland. Insider offers two reasons for Scotland having more of them:
- The Nuttall Review identified two key obstacles to the wider adoption of employee ownership: lack of awareness and lack of practical support.
- Co-operative Development Scotland has undertaken some sterling work with advisers, evidenced by the amount of interest shown at its January 2018 seminar. The expert help provided by Co-operative Development Scotland goes a long way to support businesses, and importantly the employees, through the process.
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I don’t doubt that this is part of the story, but it seems to me to be too much of a coincidence that Scotland also has more living wage employers and a more caring approach to the disabled and to refugees. Further, the Scottish Governments several anti-austerity and pro-human-rights policies suggest these values are stronger at government-level in Scotland too. See, for example: