British Social Attitudes: The 25th Report (British Social by Alison Park, John Curtice, Katarina Thomson, Miranda

By Alison Park, John Curtice, Katarina Thomson, Miranda Phillips, Elizabeth Clery

The once a year British Social Attitudes survey is conducted via Britain’s greatest autonomous social examine association, the nationwide Centre for Social study. It offers an essential advisor to political and social matters in modern Britain. This twenty fifth record summarizes and translates info from the latest national survey, in addition to drawing worthwhile comparisons with the findings of prior years to supply a richer photograph and deeper knowing of adjusting British social values.

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1 implies a rather rosy picture of public attitudes towards the NHS. Still, the absence of further expansion removes a vehicle for easy improvements in health services so may leave the NHS with a harder task of fulfilling expectations in the years to come. But we should also consider another possibility. A decline in support for increased taxation may be due to a view that spending more (as the government has done over the last seven years) has not improved the NHS. Why throw good money after bad?

Uk. 4. In sharp contrast to these figures, when asked how much pride they have in being British just seven per cent say they do not think of themselves in that way. Equally, the equivalent figure when asked about pride in being English is just 15 per cent. 5. It is, of course, possible that there are some regional identities that are strong but that these either do not coincide with the government office regions or are not captured by the terms used to describe those regions. However, the only proposals for regional devolution that have been seriously considered in Westminster have been ones related to the government office regions.

And even if they do not want their own separate parliament, they may still wonder why Scottish MPs can vote on English legislation. Perhaps it is in examining these milder potential sources of discontent that we might find evidence of a backlash in recent years. When commercial opinion polls attempt to ascertain whether people in England are happy about the level of public expenditure in Scotland they usually preface their question by telling their respondents that government spending per head in Scotland is about 120 per cent of the level in England (Curtice, 2008).

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