South of Scotland Tories serve their constituents badly

Ludo Thierry:

Thanks to TaxResearch UK blog for directing me to some interesting stats put together by the High Pay Centre. This uses EU data to identify the UK regions with below 75% of average EU GDP.

Of the 7 areas identified in the UK one is located in Scotland – it is the South of Scotland region. Who has been representing this South of Scotland area in Westminster? Both Fluffy Mundell and Alistair ‘Union’ Jack draw handsome salaries for ‘representing ‘ the South of Scotland at Westminster.

‘Union’ Jack is a dyed in the wool brexiteer. Fluffy swore to uphold the ‘Remain’ cause unto political oblivion before caving in to Johnson at the very first command.

The 75% of EU average GDP metric is used by the EU to determine where ‘catch up’ expenditure should be directed.

It won’t matter to the extremely comfortably off Fluffy and the immensely wealthy Alistair ‘Union’ Jack whether the South of Scotland misses out on this EU funding – but it will certainly matter to many thousands of honest and hard-working men, women and children living there.

It only takes a small % of electors to change their votes and both these constituencies can become part of the Scottish solution – rather than part of the British problem.

Whichever constituency in Scotland any of us live in – it makes sense to vote SNP tomorrow – here’s hoping the good voters of the South of Scotland take their chance. (Notice how Ireland, Finland, Denmark, Belgium and The Netherlands have NO areas falling into this category. Curious how these ‘smaller’, independent, North European nation states always seem to measure up so much better than dear auld UKANIA isn’t it? – I wonder why that should be? – answers on the back of a 5 Euro note please.): Link and snippets below:

https://mailchi.mp/highpaycentre/new-research-uks-poorest-regions-are-the-poorest-in-north-west-europe?e=646b379b9b

The UK’s poorest regions are falling behind the rest of Europe

New HPC research, based on data from the European Union, shows that the UK’s poorest regions have fallen further behind the rest of Europe over the past decade.

Our analysis of the EU data found that the number of UK regions with GDP per capita below 75% of the EU average increased from three in 2008 to seven in 2017 (the most recent figures).

The seven regions – Southern Scotland; West Wales and the Valleys; Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly; Lincolnshire; Tees Valley and Durham; South Yorkshire; and Outer London – East and North East – are all poorer than anywhere else in North West Europe (defined as the UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Sweden and Finland).

The number of regions below 90% of the EU average has also risen from 18 to 23 since 2008. The findings are particularly significant, because the EU uses the 75% and 90% thresholds for allocating funding to poorer regions, meaning that the UK could be eligible for increased funding if it remained in the EU.

Published by johnrobertson834

Retired Professor of Media Politics Not-for-profit independent political analysis

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