I’ve been banging on about this for some time now. While it’s not a necessary condition for us to want independence are we different enough as community, including those born elsewhere, even in England (😊), to further justify the claim in terms of difference. It’s a concept that BBC Scotland love to challenge when they can so this from their own website, might have given them pause for thought:
‘More than half of Scotland’s population have registered to donate their organs or tissue after their death – the highest rate in Britain. Figures show that more than 2,724,000 Scottish residents are registered on the UK Organ Donor Register.’
For balance of course, they quickly reminded us not to get too cocky with:
‘Approximately 550 people in Scotland are waiting for an organ transplant, which could save or transform their lives.’
On the website, they found time and space for this comparative comment below:
‘On 4 July there were 2,724,358 people in Scotland on the UK Organ Donor Register – 50.4% of the population. The UK average on 31 March was 38%.’
The broadcast versions of the report found no time for the comparative percentages but plenty for interviews with patients in hospitals. Why didn’t they report the percentages?
Anyhow, back to the concept of ‘difference’. On its own, a higher level of organ donation might suggest but not prove anything. When, however, you add, higher charitable donations, stronger support for ethical shopping, many more living wage-employers, much less racial hate crime, less violent crime, civic nationalism in contrast to England’s ethnic nationalism, opposition to fox hunting, support for progressive politics, greater kindness toward refugees and less-violent prisons, does it add up to something more tangible?
See these for detail: