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The problem with UK violent crime figures is collation. Which accounts for the grossly disproporated figures some US pundits like to quote to show how violent modern 'England' is. Black and white figures show the UK has a higher violent crime per head than the US. BUT that's because we have a ludicrously high number of violent crimes on the books which the US and other nations don't. As DJM famously pointed out here some years ago, taking a ship out in bad weather against the crew's wishes is technically personal assault here!. The way we collate and categorise crime skews crime and violent crime figures and simply makes us look more crime ridden and violent than we are. To be sure, our crime figures are multiple times than figures from 1950 or 1960 or 1970. But still at a relatively low level. As I said, whilst not a crime free and violence free utopia, neither are we yet the land of Alex and his droogs. Even if individual cases might make us think we are. Britain is more criminal and more violent than 1950 or 1960, but given those levels then were almost non existant, we are still overall a pretty safe country to live, work and raise a family in. In black and white figures, the US is less violent than Austria, the UK, Sweden, Finland and other European countries, but nobody even the most ardent US patriot would admit the Swedes, Austrians, Finns, Norwegians and even the Brits and Irish are violent and more violent peoples and nations.
No, they are not. Even if we are too PC to them. 96% of the UK is still non muslim, 92% white European. Three parts of the UK are less than 1% Muslim. Even most of England is low-Muslim/ethnic or Muslim free. Yes, we are too pc, yes we have a problem with radicalised youth, but the UK is far from dead.
We like America, we like Americans. Like any country, there are things about you we don't like. I am in no doubt the reverse is true.
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In Scotland, 'Aye' Means No to England

ayrshireman Wrote: Sep 17, 2014 11:22 AM
Scotland is more leftwing and govt-heavy than the rest of the UK. A new Scotland would be even worse.
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In Scotland, 'Aye' Means No to England

ayrshireman Wrote: Sep 17, 2014 11:22 AM
No thanks. Scotland joined the UK (which isn't the same as England btw nor is Great Britain) of our own will. We are free, we don't need this vote to cement it. A strong Scotland as part of a strong UK/GB.
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What Would Braveheart Do?

ayrshireman Wrote: Sep 17, 2014 11:18 AM
Except we are not being tyrannised. And never have been. Scotland JOINED the UK of its own will.
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A Wee Problem for the UK

ayrshireman Wrote: Sep 15, 2014 11:50 AM
No thanks, I am a proud Scotsman. I am a patriot, not a nationalist. I believe Scotland is best as a strong part of a stronger United Kingdom.
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Scotland's Future Hangs in Balance

ayrshireman Wrote: Aug 28, 2014 9:36 PM
Scotland contributes 9.9% to the UK economy and gets 9.3% back. Official figures.
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Scotland's Future Hangs in Balance

ayrshireman Wrote: Aug 28, 2014 9:34 PM
Please go and learn some Scottish history.
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Scotland's Future Hangs in Balance

ayrshireman Wrote: Aug 28, 2014 3:53 PM
More Scots fought AGAINST Bonnie Prince Charlie at Culloden than for him. It was NEVER a Scots-English battle.
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Scotland's Future Hangs in Balance

ayrshireman Wrote: Aug 28, 2014 3:53 PM
Don't have much? Do you know anything about us?. Ever been here?. That's wrong, whether we are talking 1296, 1707 or 2014.
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