Why do 61% trust Scottish Government but only 20% trust UK Government?


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:


Four actions reported in one day show why this must still be the most popular and most trusted government in Scottish history

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/

Why Scottish Labour cannot be trusted to protect the Scottish people

A million reasons not to trust the Scotsman: Propaganda by big scary fibs?

Only 18% of 16-44 year-old Scots trust BBC News not to be biased on Independence




9 thoughts on “Why do 61% trust Scottish Government but only 20% trust UK Government?

  1. William Henderson June 27, 2018 / 9:02 am

    The persistence of this negative propaganda is becoming quite nauseating.

    If, or when they have a ‘Nuremberg’ day in future will they plead that they were only obeying orders?? It is that disgusting.

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  2. Ardelle June 27, 2018 / 10:52 am

    61% Trust the Scottish Government
    20% Trust the Westminster Government

    What %age trust anything Tom Gordon Writes?

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  3. Ludo Thierry June 27, 2018 / 2:20 pm

    One very good reason (amongst hunners) why people shouldn’t put any trust in the Westminster/’Scottish’ tories is their endless addiction to employing ‘dark money’ for electoral shenanigans. Beeb N.Ireland site is carrying an investigative on Tory dark money electoral iffy-ness as its leading article on both the ‘news’ page and the ‘politics’ page. It is a story which involves a leading ‘Scottish’ Tory bloke. Is this same story (involving political ‘dark money’ abuse with a direct ‘Scottish angle’ carried on the beeb Scotland site? (It is not – nor on the ‘UK’ politics page). Some interesting editorial decisions being made, methinks: Worth clicking on the beeb link for the full beeb piece (and that’s not something you’ll often find me saying!) –


    Richard Cook is a former vice-chairman of the Scottish Conservative Party

    A BBC Spotlight investigation into the man behind the DUP’s record £435,000 donation during the EU referendum has uncovered a trail of illegal activity and foreign money.

    Richard Cook shipped illegal tyre waste to India in 2009.

    He presented fake documents to the authorities and left a shipping company with a bill of more than £1m.

    Mr Cook denies involvement in illegal waste.

    Mr Cook, the chairman of the Constitutional Research Council which made the donation, and its only known member is also a former vice chairman of the Conservative Party in Scotland.

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  4. Ludo Thierry June 27, 2018 / 4:36 pm

    Seems to be a day for information starting to dribble out about ‘Scottish’ Tory use of ‘dark money’ funding for electoral purposes in Scotland (and beyond). Beeb N. Ireland report that Richard Cook (former ‘Scottish’ Tory Vice Chairman and only known member of the Constitutional Research Council) personally ‘booked’ the infamous Metro newspaper advertisement for the DUP (which cost £280,000) in the immediate brexit vote run-up.

    Now The Ferret inform us of further dodgy stuff (featuring a cast of true-blue tory beauties – see link and snippet below:

    A secretive trust without a fixed address or known current trustees that gave £319,000 to the Scottish Conservatives is under examination by the Electoral Commission.


    Electoral Commission data shows that the Scottish Unionist Association Trust (SUAT) gave £318,876.66 to the Tories between 9 April 2001 and 28 February 2018.

    Conservative politicians who accepted SUAT donations include deputy leader, Jackson Carlaw MSP, Banff and Buchan MP, David Duguid, and Moray MP, Douglas Ross.

    I recommend following The Ferret link – some interesting stuff beginning to be squeezed out under their scrutiny.


  5. Ludo Thierry June 27, 2018 / 4:57 pm

    I note from beeb Scotland site that the collection rate of Scottish Council tax has risen over the past decade (of SNP Scvottish Govt) – see below:

    Just short of 97% of council tax for the year had been collected by 31 March 2017.

    In-year collection rates have improved over the last decade, with collection standing at 93.8% in 2006-07.

    My guess is that the Scottish people have seen how the SNP Scottish Govt. has been trying to make the Council Tax system fairer – initially by the Council Tax freeze. Then by the increase in the upper bands. Now by the planned implementation of the Barclay Review proposals. Most folk are prepared to pay their whack if they judge the system to be being applied fairly – and that process is what the Scottish Govt have been gently (but steadily) forcing along over the past decade.


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