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One of the few photographs rumoured to show the mysterious Manfred, at the back, taken in 1965

Herr Stobartson is a regular asker of questions Aimed at undermining the Scottish Government’s economic competence. Here is the latest:

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https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/since_snp_took_control_of_scotla?nocache=outgoing-988998#outgoing-988998

Luckily, I can explain. Scottish workers are more productive, so we don’t need as many as they do in most other parts of the UK. It’s true. See this:

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The East Midlands is the lowest for general productivity at 84.7% of the UK average while only hyper-stimulated and subsidised London is higher, at 128.6%. However, London’s manufacturing productivity, at 105.6%, is lower than that of Scotland.

http://downloads2.dodsmonitoring.com/downloads/Misc_Files/Make%20UK%20Regional%20Manufacturing%20Outlook%202019.pdf