In an astonishing but, I think, revealing contrast, we see the Scottish and UK International Development strategies revealed.
‘Expanding healthcare in Zambia. International Development Minister Ben Macpherson has announced a package of support to assist Zambia in developing their Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and improving patient care. £50,000 is being invested in supporting the Scottish Ambulance Service to work with the Zambian health authorities. They will carry out an in-depth assessment of the current Emergency Medical Service in Central Province, and work with the authorities in Zambia to develop a plan for improving outcomes and saving lives by improving areas such as emergency response, patient transfer, and the identification of required medical supplies and equipment.’
‘Taxpayers’ money earmarked to support overseas development has been spent on supporting China’s fracking industry, The Independent can reveal. The government is required to spend 0.7 per cent of its national income each year on foreign aid. But even with climate change threatening the developing world with droughts, flooding and heatwaves, millions have been spent on fossil fuel investment abroad over the past two years.’
There’s no trace of such cynicism or dishonesty in the track record of the Scottish Government. See, for example:
On Sunday, in a Broadcasting Scotland show, my argument that Scotland is consistently ‘different’ was challenged. I didn’t get the opportunity to back the claim up with evidence. However, I’d argue that the above adds fuel to my argument, already laid out with evidence below: