So, public trust in the Scottish Government is a massive three times that of the UK government but that’s not the story for our media. For the Herald, that comparison matters less than the fall from 73%, in 2015, for the Scottish Government. BBC Scotland, recognising that it’s still good news for the SNP, ignore it altogether. Notably, the fall from 23% to 20% for the UK Government suggests that even Scottish Tories don’t trust the UK Government.
Here are some key points from the ONS survey:
- 61% trusted the Scottish Government to work in Scotland’s best interests compared to 20% for the UK Government
- Nearly three-quarters believed the Scottish Government ought to have most influence over the way Scotland is run compared to 15% who said the UK Government
- Of those who said the standard of living had worsened over the past 12 months, 50% attributed this to UK Government policy, 16% attributed this to Scottish Government policy
- Of those who said the standard of living had improved over the past 12 months, 43% attributed this to Scottish Government policy, 28% to UK Government policy
- The proportion of people saying the Scottish Government should have most influence over the way Scotland is run has not dropped below 63% since this question was first asked in 1999.
Why is there so much trust for Scot Gov and so little for others?
Perhaps this trust emanates from Scots seeing what the SNP administration gets up to on a typical day. See, for example, these on 6th March 2018:
Or, is trust for the Scottish Government a logical consequence of not being able to trust the other parties or the mainstream media. See:
Falling for the Tory lies hook, line and sinker: http://www.thenational.scot/news/16100236.Falling_for_the_Tory_lies_hook__line_and_sinker/