Professor of German History says English taxpayers saved Scotland


In an letter published as clickbait in the Herald, retired Edinburgh University professor and member of the Scotland in Union covert letter writing group suggests:

Now even the kids know that the money used to furlough Scottish workers was borrowed and did not come from taxpayers in any part of the UK. Scottish taxation will be used to pay back our share. Like Ireland or Denmark, an independent Scotland could have borrowed too. Had Scotland been independent over a longer period, of course, she would not have needed to borrow at all, safe in the massive savings from oil wealth comparable to Norway.

Stevenson did not sneak by the guards onto the Herald‘s letters page. She is well known to them and her letters, cynically welcomed as a commercial bonus, ushered in respectfully.

Stevenson’s notoriety helps too. Not only is she a member of the anti-democratic group, Scotland in Union, her name is known as the snooty ‘top’ academic who in 2015 called MP Mhairi Black ‘a foul-mouthed slut‘, based on the latter’s accent.

“If electors vote for a foul-mouthed slut like M Black, it says a lot about them and none of it is good.”

A wee Twitter storm developed, ending up with the good professor herself tweeting foul-mouthed that she didn’t “give a flying fuck” and a respondent suggesting that as Unionist she supported paedophiles!

Professor Stephenson’s [former?] expertise is Nazi Germany. She has written onGerman Christians in the Thuringian Protestant Church (1927-1945)’ and Hitler’s priests, Catholic clergy and National Socialism?’


16 thoughts on “Professor of German History says English taxpayers saved Scotland

  1. We need our national debt. It may be national debt but it is our national savings, currency, premium bonds, gilts etc. Have you ever seen a political programme on television where the constituent parts of the national debt have been analysed and discussed? I haven’t and am unfortunate enough to have around 60 odd years viewing experience. I wonder why this is?
    I think I have discovered the answer recently from following Prof Richard Murphy at taxresearchuk.

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    1. The so called ‘national debt’ of course as you say is never analysed. Most people are totally ignorant about economics, and that’s just fine and dandy for the EngGov! Economics should be top of the list in any school curriculum far as I am concerned, maths should not be taught with out it. GDP, etc, what is that? How many people know anything about how their country’s economy works? Very few indeed, me included. Politics and economics, it’s the really important stuff people enned to be informed about. Very convenient for the rich and those in power, (quite often the rich) that people are not informed in general though.

      Also, what does ‘national’ means in terms of UK and Scotland? Scotland is an international country, soon to be dragged out of the EU, soon to have so many doors closed, bang! Shut! It’s absolutely tragic, when Scotland’s economy needs those doors open. Tied to an insular, narrow nationalist rUK namely England, out of the EU, is just terrifying.

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  2. An unpleasant character to say the least. The Herald love her though…
    Thankfully, hardly anyone reads the Herald and certainly in Scotland most people have the measure of things re GERS! This retired ‘academic’ is a busted flush.


  3. We don’t need to pay anything back, that’s just spreading austerity agenda myths.

    An independent Scottish government would just print the money it needed, just as the English government has done for the furlough scheme. They created the money out of thin air and borrowed it from themselves – what’s to pay back? And if we were all dead from starvation or virus or none of us have jobs, how are they planning on keeping the economy going? They will need more employment to rebalance the value of the pound, greater productivity, but there is nothing borrowed, and nothing to pay back. Exactly the same as all other independent countries that have their own currency.

    In the meantime, we owe the English government nothing.

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    1. This is an explanation of the taxpayer myth – it never was your money, it all belongs to the government and they are fully responsible for all their spending and funds, they don’t rely on taxes to be able to pay for anything.

      Austerity is unnecessary, and damaging to any economy.

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  4. “… Scotland would have power to make different choices”.

    The professor is right at least on this point. And the range of choices – the policy options – would be put to the electorate in Scotland, when an independent nation-state, by various political parties. Each set of choices would be assessed and voted for – or not – by Scotland’s electorate.

    The making of such choices – however different – is for the future: our choice now is between who decides for Scotland! Does the lady really not understand this crucial, basic principle?

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    1. Slight correction Stewart, the Prof referenced “Kate Forbes explains them in the standard SNP manner” for the “… Scotland would have power to make different choices”.
      Far from a case of “The Professor is right”, she attempted to paint the notion as woolly and fraught with uncertainty for “anyone who can count”.


  5. Is this the same specimen that goes by the twitter handle “Historywoman”?

    A crass and indecent person if ever I’ve seen one. In cahoots with a certain Ms Lax and that other horrible woman from Inverness.

    Do the Herald/Scotsman et al not realise that the majority of yes Voters are wise to their antics thanks by and large to your good self John???

    The Dead Tree Scrolls will soon be a thing of the past thankfully.

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    1. The problem is that, whereas the convinced YES (and, obvs, the NO!) voters are wise to their antics, the rest are not. And they’re the ones who may read/listen to this stuff and be swayed by it.

      ArtyHetty’s right, Economics isn’t taught in schools and it should be. Not macro/micro/market forces etc – which means not a lot to students.I mean how it affects our daily lives. Again, as Arty says, what’s GDP? What’s GERS, for that matter? How do they ‘work’? Why do they matter to us in our every day lives?


      1. If Economics is not taught in Schools could you explain how my son got a Standard Grade in Economics and another in Accounting and Finance?

        Also schools teach people to read therefore even if Economics is not one of their subject choices at school then there is nothing to stop them reading up on the subject after they leave school if they so wish.


  6. She is partly right, in that London and the SE of England are disproportionately the wealthiest part of this island. That is deliberate—Governments, for decades, have poured money, human resources, State bodies, civil service and infrastructure investment into this region to the detriment of everyone else.
    This is one of the reasons i want Scotland to be independent–so it does not depend on the “kindness of strangers” (who all read the Torygraph, Mail and Times) for my wellbeing. This “kindness” certainly wont last for a minute after a second NO vote.

    Would it be tough being self-governing? Maybe a fiscal squeeze for a couple of years, but other than that, NO.
    At a time of global warming Scotland also has many resources going for it, and land, water and wind power will see our country well placed to survive/thrive better than most.


  7. It is perhaps worth pointing out that while Ms Stephenson was joined by the letter writing Mr Gallagher in the Letters page of the Herald today their pro-union contribution was countered in letters from Mr Alex Orr and Ms Ruth Marr who are regular contributors to the Letters pages in the Herald.


  8. One thing that I would like to see in an Independent Scotland is that the new offices which will be built for the likes of DVLA or DWP is that they won’t be confined to the Central Belt and that these could be placed allover the country.
    The last thing I wish to see is certain areas grumbling over new jobs all being created in Edinburgh or Glasgow. There’s enough of that as it is.

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