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 on ‘German Christians in the Thuringian Protestant Church (1927-1945)’ and ‘Hitler’s priests, Catholic clergy and National Socialism?’