The Scottish government’s latest Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (Gers) report will be published on Wednesday morning. (BBC)
As the national day of the GERS arrives it is worth everyone reading this by Professor Richard Murphy before the predictable unionist onslaught of too wee, too poor, and too stupid hits social media, the unionist papers, and BBC Scotland. We won’t have Wings Over Scotland this year to make a little more sense of the distortion of the report when it arrives but we do need to be able to put it into context to avoid the depressing, sycophantic, cringing unionist analysis designed to depress the shit out of all of us as we do our best to keep the issue of Scottish Independence alive and kicking.
Richard Murphy goes on to to point out that GERS (Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland) has many flaws. The main ones being –
First, GERS claims to First, GERS claims to “estimate the revenue raised in Scotland and the goods and services provided for the benefit of Scotland”. This is that this is estimated data. It’s not factual, the amount of VAT paid in Scotland is not known, and nor is the amount of corporation tax paid known. Nor is the amount of capital gains tax or inheritance tax.
Secondly, there is the problem the figure for tax raised is that, supposedly, collected in Scotland, whilst the figure for expenditure is that incurred for Scotland. The expenditure for Scotland includes a great deal of money spent by the UK Government outside Scotland which it deems to be for the benefit of Scotland, but none of the tax paid as a result of that expenditure being incurred is ever credited to Scotland as a result. The consequence is that, inevitably, the figures for the deficit in England are flattered as a result, and those for Scotland are inflated.
Third is a hidden issue. This relates to the fact that a large amount of income that should, and would, be recorded in Scotland if it was to be an independent country is not recorded in Scotland because it is part of the United Kingdom. Much of this income that is missing from the records in the Scottish economy relates to rents, interest, insurance and other financial services products, representing expenditure by the people of Scotland for their benefit in Scotland but with the income recorded, most often, in London or the southeast of England where the companies to which the payment is made are located, meaning that the tax due is recorded as being paid there.
We also need to remember that the GERS figures have always been about politics and keeping Scotland down, maintaining Scotland’s Colonial status within the UK. It was intended, in part, to demonstrate to the public that devolved Scottish self-government was not a good thing for Scotland to even consider back in the day. What didn’t help also back in the day was that GERS figures were used by SNP ministers to suggest that Scotland’s economic position was relatively strong and that, with oil, we were potentially rich beyond ambition. That was an error by Alex Salmond that we have to accept the consequences of that even today but should not mean we have to accept the too wee, too poor, too stupid narrative in any shape or form or allow it to undermine our drive and passion for the independence cause that we all so desperately yearn for and fight for on a daily basis.
Another article worth reading on Grouse Beater from John Jappy also puts things into context and is worth remembering for the onslaught to come, as Grouse Beater notes
John Jappy had a Road to Damascus moment. He discovered his London masters were liars and crooks, the Labour party a gang of thieves, Tories, House Jocks urinating on people’s hopes, crawlers, coattail hangers-on and cap doffers siding with the power elite so they were offered preferential elevation. People such as the insipid Ian Lang, Lord Lang of Monkton, is one classic example, the man who boasts of introducing a voting system to Scotland ‘guaranteed to keep the SNP out of government’. (In the event, he need not have bothered. New SNP shows no inclination to recover universal freedoms.) Jappy told Scotland how we are duped and what we can do about it. The tragedy is, we ignore the John Jappys and allow the Ian Lang’s the power they crave.
When the GERS Report comes out tomorrow/today lets remember and share what both Professor Richard Murphy and John Jappy have shown us, let’s not get down beaten or depressed, let’s inform others of the truth of this report and try to demonstrate to them that the unionists are liars and they will do everything they can to keep you on your knees.