A few days ago, some Scottish Government figures were released. They revealed a rising number of homophobic and Islamophobic attacks being carried out in Scotland.

For those who believe that Scotland is a tolerant and multicultural society, free of the tensions which inflict themselves upon towns and cities across England, this makes uncomfortable reading. The One Nation, Many Cultures campaign launched several years ago is clearly not resonating as intended.

Or is it? Close examination shows that the statistics paint something of a false picture. No less than 75 per cent of the charges resulted from a demonstration organised by the far right Scottish Defence League, so the figures have been skewed by a single event.

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