In a remarkably out-of-touch piece, Douglas Fraser who, according to an odd BBC profile page, ‘is alleged that he has degrees from Oxford and Harvard‘ has written to argue that the GERS figures seriously undermine the case of Scottish Independence.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/profiles/4KVnLprkXycPv37QQt4N0k6/douglas-fraser

Alleged?

He writes:

  • GERS shows the gap between Scottish tax take and spending is big, but coronavirus is set to make it humongous, with fiscal repairs requiring years of effort.
  • GERS shows the gap between Scottish tax take and spending is big, but coronavirus is set to make it humongous, with fiscal repairs requiring years of effort.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-53924126

This is a very old view of things. Two years ago Professor Richard Murphy seemed to finally demolish the case for GERS:

https://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2018/08/22/gers-really-is-crap/

Then only three days ago, Brain Taylor, Fraser’s colleague at Reporting Scotland Badly, seemed to suggest that BBC Scotland too were about to drop the GERS, with this comment on Good Mourning Scotland:

The thing to bear in mind is they [GERS]were first published in 1992 in John Major as Prime Minister and [the vampiric] Ian Lang as Scottish Secretary and yes I covered that news conference. The point is that although they are statistical calculations, from the very outset they had a political purpose at that time. It was designed to undermine what was seen as a drive toward Scottish self-government.