From the Herald’s Tom Gordon:
SCOTLAND has recorded a double-digit deficit for the second year in a row despite a sharp rebound in tax receipts as the economy emerged from lockdown. The annual Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) report showed the difference between public spending and tax revenue last year was £23.7 billion, equivalent to roughly an eighth of the economy, and double the UK deficit in percentage terms.https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/20722872.gers-report-scotlands-notional-deficit-twice-uk-level-despite-jump-tax-revenues/
If you believe the politically-motivated, largely estimated GERS data are meaningful, isn’t a near halving of the imagined deficit worthy of a more positive headline like this from Bloomberg?
Of course, it’s just a game to keep some of us anxious about breaking away from the utterly dysfunctional UK. Why are the GERS figures as real as that awful forced caesarean on House of Dragon? See this from last year: