Alex de Ruyter, director of the Centre for Brexit Research Studies at Birmingham City University and David Hearne, researcher at the Centre for Brexit Research Studies at Birmingham City University, on the prime minister’s dissentious devolution criticism.
When the UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, just recently informed a group of MPs that devolution in Scotland has actually been a “catastrophe” he raised a fascinating question. Has handing higher powers to the Scottish government been a misstep, and, if so, for whom?
Johnson’s remarks have actually been taken as a benefit for the independence motion, consisting of amongst members of the Scottish National Celebration (SNP), which remains in federal government in Scotland. Even before he said it, ballot put support for Scottish self-reliance at its greatest ever– at about 60%
And looking at the data, it does appear that devolution has been related to a duration of great economic performance.
If we look at the Scottish workforce, we discover that Scottish employees appear rather much better off than their English counterparts. In 1999, prior to devolution, average (median) weekly salaries for full-time Scottish employees were more than 5%lower than their English equivalents.
By 2019, that space had halved. In 2020 (where care is required in analyzing the figures due to the pandemic) they are actually earning more, on average than their English counterparts.
This comparison in fact rather flatters England, since the cost of living is greater in England If we compare instead the north-west (a region with a larger population than Scotland), where costs are comparable, we see that median full-time wages were on a par in 1999 however by 2019 Scottish typical earnings were nearly 5%higher.
This has been focused at the lower end of the income spectrum where enhancements perhaps are required most.
A similar story can be told in terms of productivity, where growth in Scotland has been significantly more rapid than in England (increasing from 1.3%listed below that in North West England to a remarkable 6.5ove) in the two decades given that devolution
Nevertheless, in contrast, in terms of life ex