I haven’t written for some time on the topic of ‘Are Scots and Scottish society different, is it a difference which makes a difference, and can it play a part in justifying self-government?’ A University of Glasgow research report, ‘Building a new life in Britain’, seems to support the thesis that we are:
‘Moreover, young Syrians appear to be much happier in Scotland than in England (49% against 30%). These emotions feed directly into young Syrians’ plans for their future in the UK, with 81% of those in Scotland intending to remain in the country, compared to 65% of those in England’ (p20).
The report also notes that young Syrians in Scotland are better supported with 72% having state-subsidised accommodation compared to only 46% in England. Similarly, 70% had state subsidies as the main source of income compared to 47% in England. This means that young Syrians had far better living-conditions’ with only 11% in shared accommodation compared to 28% in England.
Earlier reports on ‘difference’:
Only in Scotland! ‘A review of small country’s approaches to public policy reform in response to economic, demographic and other pressures found that only in Scotland could this ‘golden thread’ be so clearly discerned’
Scientific evidence that Scots tend to be different from the other groups in rUK?
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?
Who said Scots were not more left-wing than those in the rest of the UK?
SNP moves to finally put an end to foxes’agony being ripped apart by hounds as the English Tories plan a return to the unspeakable business. Different again?
Racial hate crimes increase by 33% in England & Wales while falling by 10% in Scotland: Who says we’re not different?
Scots more likely to give to charities, to volunteer or to sponsor others
Another wee difference as Scottish consumers seem more willing to pay more for ethical goods?
8% of the population but 11.8% of the charitable donations – ‘punching above our weight?’
Even more evidence of becoming a better nation as Scottish Government moves to end upfront childcare deposits
Another little difference that tells us something: SNP to improve disability terms for terminally ill.
£13.8 million in support for bereaved families from……? BBC Scotland, who is it from? Could it be from the Scottish Government? Don’t want to say?
More evidence of becoming a better nation as SNP ‘future-proof’ social security