White Britons Face Rising Race Hate Attacks
Byline: Graham Grant Home Affairs Editor
RECORD numbers of white Britons living in Scotland are being racially abused or attacked.
New figures show a rise of about 5 per cent in the past year in 'white British' victims of race hate crime.
Over the same period, the number of Pakistani victims has fallen by just over 8 per cent.
The 4,952 racist incidents cover racerelated verbal abuse and physical attacks. Last night, one expert claimed the figures may reflect growing resentment against English incomers among Scots, fuelled by a rising sense of Scottish national identity following devolution.
The rise in EU immigrants and asylum seekers coming to Scotland has also been blamed for stoking racial hatred.
Professor Kay Hampton, former chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality in Scotland, said: 'Anti-English racism is likely to explain a lot of the race crime against the "white British" group.
'There is a strong sense of national identity in Scotland, with more people identifying themselves as Scottish, not British.
'That can be very positive and we have to be careful it doesn't lead to social division and isolation.' The Scottish Government figures do not provide a detailed breakdown of how many race crime victims were English - or how many perpetrators were Scots.
But they show the number of 'white British' victims of race hate incidents has increased by about 5 per cent from 1,094 to 1,145 between 2008-09 and 2009-10.
Over the same period, the number of Pakistani victims has decreased from 1,584 to 1,452. Professor Hampton said it was also possible some of those who tell police they are 'white British' consider themselves to be British because they have been here for years, but are originally from other countries, for example EU nations. …