Posted by u/caufield88uk on Reddit Scotland, today:
I don’t know if anyone else has noticed this with the GERS data and specifically the graphs available.
There are two, showing Scotland’s cumulative fiscal deficit and the other is the year on year fiscal deficit.
The sdata on the year on year graph shows that Scotland was a massive net contributor to the UK budget up until 1992, then we become a net extractor, this continues until 1997 and then gets slightly worse after 1997 until 2012 and then from 2012 to 2015 gets massively worse and since 2015 has got much much worse and the last 2 years on record show it growing even more.
I find it surprising that the dates on these changes fit nicely in with, 1992 – GERS introduced by John Major to turn people against devolution, 1997 – Devolution happens 2012 – Indyref talk starts and s30 order given. 2015 – Scotland now resigned to stay in the union. 2020 – Indyref2 talk starts up.
So Scotland is a net contributor then John Major makes the GERS and somehow scotlands finances are manipulated to turn people against devolution, then devolution happens so they manipulate the data more cause they can now blame scotgov for it, then the fiscal deficit gets massive as we start talking indy so they can sit and say oh but Scotland can’t be indy, look at your deficit, and now that same stuff is happening YET again now in the lead up to indyref2.
Also the cummulative one shows that Scotland only became a cumulative burden on the UK from 2019 (But data doesn’t go all the way back beyond 1980, which might even show Scotland was an even bigger net contributor)
Just thought this was an interesting take when I looked at the data. I believe GERS is manipulated and designed to turn people away from talk of indy and to give the UK gov their own data to say look you cant be indy, but they fucked up cause the data and the dates line up just TOOOOO well for it to not be manipulated.https://www.reddit.com/r/Scotland/comments/w86neb/something_i_just_realised_about_gers/
Responses at the above link.