I've found most places I've been to abroad cleaner and tidier than here. Northern France seemed particularly well kept. For me the whole debacle has been caused by WM dithering complacency, incompetence with respect to care homes, an over reliance on scientific, rather than common sense advice and also a high degree of "we know best" arrogance.
Re McLean. It doesnt matter how much the SNP is slagged off, we will always be dragged along by the UK and heavily influenced by them til we are independent. Any other party running Scotland would be in exactly the same position albeit possibly worse. If, god forbid, there is another war somewhere Scotland politically may not agree with, such as Iraq, as part of UK, we will be in it, like it or not. If Trident renewed, f**k all we can do about it. If things go tits up with Brexit and skirmishing and tension on the fishing front, f**k all we can do about it but of course McLean will no doubt still find SNP blame somewhere.