From Uncle Tom Gordonstoun at the Herald today:
Today’s Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) figures are forecast to show Scotland had a deficit of up to 25 per cent of GDP in the first full year of the Covid pandemic.
Who could be better than TG to use this rusty old tool once more to bash the Nats?
To be fair, he does let Fiona Hyslop remind readers that the GERS figures reveal what the Union has done to the Scottish economy and not what independence might do for it, and also that:
But, to counter that, we get Pamela Nash of the uber-Unionist ‘Scotland in Union’ thoughtless tank. I won’t repeat the dribble.
We don’t get the truth about GERS.
Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote:
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.
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:
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.