I think we’re all getting a bit embarrassed with comparisons revealing Tory England to be a place in hell. While there are times when I will persist because the justifiable target is not the poor souls living there but those suffering from the Scottish cultural form of Stockholm Syndrome, sometimes termed Campbell’s Disgust, where victims start to identify with their colonial masters and come to despise their own people.
I don’t need to remind you of the horrific levels of knife-related crime in England’s cities.
The above image comes from a June 2018 Scottish Government publication which was used to answer a lazy FoI request in January 2019. It shows an incredibly steep decline in deviant behaviour rare in the history of crime.
While I feel sure the causes will be multifactorial (I have more than one ‘ology.’), including falling birth-rates in poor areas and among single mothers, home entertainment replacing street activity, increased youth car-ownership and even lowered lead levels in the environment, government policies must take some credit too.