It’s GERS time again. The festival specially created in order to remind the subsidy-junkies of North Britain just how lucky they are to be part of the Union.
Once a year Westminster, having tossed its spare change into Scotland’s plastic cup all year round, provides some data showing just how much it has handed out to the northern beggar nation. This year it’s in the region of fifteen billion pounds. Thanks guv … God bless you sir.
Unionists are, they constantly tell us, ‘proud to be Scottish’. But pride is the cousin of self-respect. What kind of self-respect is there in publicly boasting that you rely on the largesse of your neighbour in order to survive?
Northern British Nationalists of course have no national pride in Scotland. If they had then they’d be demanding to know why resource rich Scotland is apparently in need of hand-outs despite over forty years of unrestricted wealth having been pumped from the North Sea directly into UK Treasury coffers.
BBC Scotland has of course had a field day with GERS, as has STV. Both broadcasters joined pro-Union newspapers in an orgy of doom. How many other nations on earth have a de-facto national media that actively promotes a national ‘You’re not good enough’ day?
The best headline was surely The Herald’s ‘UK subsidy to Scotland soars after oil price slump‘. The UK and Scotland are apparently two completely separate entities. Are Wales and Northern Ireland also subsidising us?
The truth about GERS is of course that the truth isn’t known. The exercise contains so much guess work and ridiculous accountancy tricks that it’s worthless in terms of determining Scotland’s economic status. GERS attributes spending to Scotland in cases where not one penny was even spent in Scotland. The UK Government spends it on our behalf, sometimes in other parts of the UK, then bills us. It’s like paying for your neighbour’s extension.
Where it once served as a weapon against devolution, it now serves as a weapon against independence. And there’s the rub. GERS cannot possibly predict what Scotland’s economy, or deficit, will look like in the event of independence.
Scotland won’t be contributing to the upkeep of Trident. We won’t be contributing to English only projects such as High Speed 2 rail. We won’t be paying for defence projects restricted to south of the border.
What proportion of UK debt will Scotland take? The UK Government owes the Bank of England £435bn due to quantitative easing [printing money]. Scotland is entitled to at least eight per cent of the Bank of England assets come independence. The UK will thus owe Scotland nearly £40bn.
GERS is created using data provided by London. The ‘conclusions’ of the report are pumped out by a media controlled mainly from London. These conclusions are then used by ‘proud’ Scottish Unionists to argue that Scotland should continue to be ruled from London.
If we had any sort of media, they’d be forensically examining GERS for examples of expenditure attributed to Scotland which isn’t actually spent here. They’d also list all of the costs Scotland currently endures but that would end with independence, such as Trident. But we don’t have a genuine media which has Scotland’s interests at its heart.
Until independence then we’ll have to endure this annual ritual from Unionists. Proud to be Scottish … Proud to present yourself as a useless, sponging liability.
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