Less homicide, less knife crime, less domestic violence, safer cities and now much lower alcohol problems: should Scotland’s old stereotypes be sent south?


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It’s been more than 80 years since ‘No Mean City’ was set in Glasgow and comedians, including our own, continue to base their humour on an image of a violent, drunken people but the last ten years have seen them become increasingly out of touch with the reality on the streets. See these recent reports revealing Scotland’s drift away from several negative indicators:

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

Of 35 children and teenagers killed with knives in Britain in 2017, not one was in Scotland, yet in 2005, the UN called Scotland the most violent country in the developed world.

Reported domestic violence in Scotland falls. Is this part of wider change?

Scotland’s university cities by far the safest places to send your children

Today, I read in the Independent:

‘Alcohol-related admissions have risen by more than two-thirds in a decade, with the figure now standing at more than 1.1 million in 2017, according to data released by Public Health England (PHE).’


So, quickly, I checked the Scottish figures and found:

‘In 2016/17 there were 36, 235 alcohol-related hospital admissions (stays) in general acute hospitals in Scotland. ‘


1.1 million and 36 235? You don’t have to be good at estimation to see what looks like a huge difference per capita so I checked the Independent hadn’t made a mistake. Here are the actual data from Public Health England:

In England, in 2017, there were 1 140 882 admissions to hospital for alcohol-related causes. This was a 38% increase from 2009/10.


So, with ten times the population, you might have expected England to have around three to four hundred thousand admissions at most, but they had around three times as many at 1 140 882 admissions. Interestingly, the Independent had a link to another report titled: ‘More than half of adults drink to cope with stress’. Merrie England under the Tories?



11 thoughts on “Less homicide, less knife crime, less domestic violence, safer cities and now much lower alcohol problems: should Scotland’s old stereotypes be sent south?

  1. Alasdair Macdonald February 12, 2018 / 4:52 pm

    I think we can expect a rash of reports in the unionist media of incidence of violence in Scotland and reports that all drunk people in Scotland are 100% drunk, which is a far worse degree of inebriation than people in the Home Counties who are TT.

    I am thinking of applying for a job in News and Current affairs with the BBC and STV. Do you think I have the necessary skills in mendacity?

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  2. Ludo Thierry February 12, 2018 / 5:35 pm

    Hi Alasdair – Even making your superhuman efforts I suspect you fail the august State Broadcaster’s ‘Mendacity’ test.

    Desperately staying on topic – I’m wondering if alcohol might have been served at the Tories’ ‘Black and White Ball’? Certainly something powerful seemed to loosen the cheque-book of the wife of Mr.Putin’s former Finance Minister. According to the Mirror piece below she dished out £30,000 for a dinner party with the Tory defence Minister (I believe that is the guy with the penchant for spiders and who was reported in his previous employment for bothering a young female member of his staff). Mrs. Chernukhin is clearly a forgiving type of soul – or something.

    Anyway, Mrs. Chernukhin has previous with the Tories. The report reminds us that she previously handed over a cheque for £20,000 to with Col. Davidson no less. (I wonder if any Great british Baking was on the menu?) Given how scandalised Col. Davidson was when Alex Salmond’s rave reviews TV show was snapped up by RT I would have anticipated her experiencing a dose of the vapours when she heard of her Tory Party’s little fundraising venture with Mr.Putin’s pals. (Oh – of course – I forgot. Col. Davidson had previously worked for the State Broadcaster – so she did manage to pass the ‘Mendacity’ test with Flying Colours): See below:

    The Tories have accepted £30,000 from the wife of a former crony of Vladimir Putin to dine with Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson.
    The donation by Lubov Chernukhin, who is married to an ex-Russian deputy finance minister, comes just a fortnight after Mr Williamson said a Russian cyber attack on Britain’s electricity supply could kill thousands.
    Mr Williamson will give Mrs Chernukhin a private tour of Churchill’s War Rooms in Whitehall.
    He will then host a dinner for her and a group of her friends there after she made a successful bid at last week’s Tory lavish Black and White Ball.
    Banker Mrs Chernukhin previously successfully bid £160,000 at a Tory fundraiser to play tennis with Boris Johnson, and also paid £20,000 to dine with Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson in Edinburgh.
    The Tories deny that Mrs Chernukhin, now a British citizen, is a Putin crony.
    The Conservative Party declined to comment.

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    • johnrobertson834 February 12, 2018 / 6:01 pm

      Those Russians! First they seduce Alex, then Ruth. They clearly swing both ways! Left and right.

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  3. Graham February 13, 2018 / 1:11 pm

    This unhelpful sort of thing reeks of the sort of anti-English sentiment that they are always accusing us of having. It would have been far better just to have had an article noting the successes in dropping contentious and painful numbers. Leave the childish mudslinging to the other side. People are people, after all, and anybody in England suffering from alcoholism or violence is still a person suffering. If we start to adopt a sense of schadenfreude, we are no better than the Tory scum in control.


    • johnrobertson834 February 13, 2018 / 10:19 pm

      When we have so long been on the receiving end, don’t we have the right to talk back? As for ‘childish mudslinging’, you succeed in offending me a wee bit. Well done. Finally to suggest I’m adopting a sense of schadenfreude would require you to know me better than you do.


    • johnrobertson834 February 13, 2018 / 10:24 pm

      Oh yes, and, wasn’t my target quite clearly the Tories and not all of England and its people?


  4. Ludo Thierry February 13, 2018 / 1:35 pm

    Hi John – hadn’t realised I was addressing such a Boney M aficionado! Since I introduced the topic of the Tory’s ‘black and White ball’ fundraiser can I offer a rapid Scottish Interest update? today we learn that:

    Apparently Michael Gove and wife – (Most people looked at him with terror and with fear) – with homemade dinner in the Gove kitchen sold for £12,500.

    Dinner with Col. Davidson in Edinburgh (There was a cat that really was gone) – knocked down at £15,000. (Stocks in Davidson clearly on the slide – last time she was flogged off at £20,000).

    Meanwhile – portly son of East Kilbride, Dr. Liam Fox (He was big and strong, in his eyes a flaming glow) went for a bargain basement £2,000. Poor fellow must be feeling suicidal.


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