BBC Scotland don’t wonder if SNP government played any part in achieving more than 50% female boards 3 years early!

In a typically grudging BBC Scotland report, we read

‘For the first time, more than half of all board members appointed to oversee public bodies in Scotland are women. A 50% target for female representation among non-executive board members by 2022 has been met early. The goal was set by legislation in March 2018 through the Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Act. Of 680 regulated ministerial appointments made to public boards, 341 were women – up from 45% in 2016. The achievement applies to health boards, enterprise agencies, the Scottish Police Authority, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, colleges and universities. This encompasses 89 boards and women now make up half or more of the membership on 57 of them.’

Set by legislation eh? I wonder who was responsible for that? Surely it wasn’t that SNP Government was it? Well read on and in the 13th of 13 paragraphs you’ll find the Scottish Government gets a passing mention. SNP? Who? Noooo!



Homophobic hate crime surging SIX times faster in England and Wales

The Scotsman’s Chris McCall today delights in reminding us not to get too smug about falling hate crime in Scotland. The Guardian may be worried by a ‘surge’ in homophobic hate crime in England and Wales but, hey, it’s ‘on the rise’ here too. They’ll be hoping this further undermines Nicola’s claim for ‘Scottish values’ savaged by Marky Smith yesterday.

Read on, however, and you see the increase in Scotland was 5% but in England and Wales it was between 25% (Merseyside) and 42% (Kent), in the same year.


Further evidence of NHS Scotland’s quality as court action cases fall by more than 20%

From a Freedom of Information response today, we can see that the number of court actions brought against each of the Scottish health boards, over the last four years, has fallen in all but two and that the overall level has fallen by 20.57%

In 2017-18 there were 919 cases brought while in 2013-14 there had been 1157, revealing a dramatic fall of 20.57% in only four years. It’s interesting to see the rise in Dumfries and Galloway. This area tends to perform well against the Scottish average. For example, 93.5% of cancer patients were seen in the target time as against the Scottish average of 82.7% and in sharp contrast to Western Isles at 75%. The area does have a large population of middle-class English-born residents. Are they bringing an enhanced sense of entitlement and an ability to articulate complaints?




SNP-led Glasgow City Council allocates record £104m funding for affordable homes

In this extract and in the above headline from Scottish housing News yesterday, I’ve helpfully added, for clarification, using BBC Scotland’s ‘Natalie McGarry is SNP!’ method, ‘SNP-led’ which might help any reader who think Labour’s reign in Glasgow goes on:

‘SNP-led Glasgow City Council has allocated £104 million to its affordable housing supply programme, the highest-ever figure for the city. The funding will help deliver over 3,500 affordable homes over the next two years, the council said. The council’s neighbourhoods, housing and public realm committee today approved the building of new affordable homes through the AHSP programme. The £104.44 million funding for the AHSP covers not only the continuation of ongoing projects and the beginning of new projects, but also medical adaptation to homes in Glasgow, allowing tenants to remain in their own homes.’

As always, related posts on affordable housing:

Scotland’s affordable housing supply continues to increase ahead of non-Scottish parts

‘Social housing: One of Scotland’s best kept secrets?’ Tell our Nomedia

92% of Scots happy with their housing!

SNP Government builds affordable/social housing at almost twice the rate of Tories in England

Scotland increasingly ‘streets ahead’ of England on affordable housing delivery

Scottish social housing more accessible and cheaper than in rest of UK



SNP Scottish Government getting on with the ‘Day Job’ whilst Westminster Govt continues to fight like ferrets in a sack


From – Another recent target met – for the eighth year in a row – for recruitment of Modern+Graduate Apprenticeships. Link and snippets below:

More than 28,000 people started apprenticeships last year.

The number of apprentices benefitting from work-based learning has risen for the eighth consecutive year, according to the latest set of statistics.

Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS) Modern Apprenticeship report has outlined the breakdown of Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships for the year to 31 March 2019.

The report reveals that in 2018/19:

• 28,191 people started their apprenticeships

• 37,765 apprentices are currently in training

• 21,767 individuals achieved their apprenticeship qualifications

The number of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) apprenticeships has continued to grow. Four out of ten Modern Apprenticeship starts were in STEM roles and the majority of all Graduate Apprenticeships are also in STEM occupations.

Childcare-related positions increased by almost a fifth from 1,691 in 2017/18 to 2,102 in 2018/19, ahead of the Scottish Government doubling entitlement to early learning and childcare from August 2020 to 1,140 hours a year.

SNP Scottish Govt getting on with the ‘Day Job’ whilst Westminster Govt continues to fight like ferrets in a sack.

8% of the population but 84% of the new tree planting: Scotland punches above its weight in UK’s fight against climate change

We posted this only a week ago:

8% of the population but 20% of the electricity production: How Scotland subsidises Britain’s green power ‘achievement’

Now, reported in the Independence City Courier today:

‘Scotland has surpassed its targets for planting more trees across the country, official figures show. According to Scottish Government statistics, 11,200 hectares of new planting was undertaken in Scotland last year – above the current annual target of 10,000 hectares. The number of trees planted in Scotland also represents a total of 84% of all new planting across the UK.’

Scotland ‘ahead of the curve’ as tree planting targets surpassed

More on the 8% theme or meme:

Why Scotland has 8% of the population but 0% of the UK’s worst places for child poverty


8% of the people 20% of the space sector jobs

8% of the population but 20% of the electricity production: How Scotland subsidises Britain’s green power ‘achievement’




No ‘Scottish Values’ Mark? Oh aye there are! Here’s the evidence.

Mark Smith of the Fall, well the Fallen Scotsman, is infuriated because Nicola suggested that Scotland might have a greater tendency toward certain democratic, collectivist, values of the kind currently far from evident in the dominant narrative of elite control and heartless disregard for the infirm and the poor or the just different, currently spewing out of England’s politicians, journalists and member of the public interviewed in the streets. The BBC documentary series exploring who we might allow to stay in Britain shows how far the rot has set in.

Well, I know we’re not absolutely different and that some of us Scots are right hunts but then 20% do vote Tory (nearly 40% in England). However, collectively there is evidence that enough of us share the kind of values that Big Eck said we could use to make a ‘better nation’. From many earlier posts here see:


Scottish values making oil and gas firms a tad different too?


Return to the Meme: Even our employers are a bit different?

Are Scotland’s employers also different – more willing to pay a decent wage?


Scottish Nationalism is a very different and a better thing than English/British Nationalism and, at last, BBC Scotland seems to have faced up to the fact.

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?

Scientific evidence that Scots tend to be different from the other groups in rUK?

Racial hate crimes increase by 33% in England & Wales while falling by 10% in Scotland: Who says we’re not different?

90% of Scottish business people seem to have enlightened values. Another wee difference that would justify being a different country? Don’t we have Phillip Green types north of the border?