The First Minister is a big fan of making comparisons, despite trying to convince people to the contrary.
We are very familiar with her opening gambits in the Scottish Parliament about how she doesn’t want to make issues political, and that she doesn’t want to focus on what is happening in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, and that only Scotland matters, only then to do the exact opposite.
The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) published its annual student statistics report, and the data on the social backgrounds of students in each of the four home nations is stark.
For the umpteenth year in a row, the percentage of students from the most deprived communities who enrol into universities in England is higher than in Scotland.
Yes, you read that right the first time.