Get ready to scoff at GERS

Here are reminders of how the GERS figures first emerged as anti-independence propaganda and how they are largely useless:

The Scottish Sun’s grammatically incorrect but politically correct and helpfully blunt assessment of GERS



10 thoughts on “Get ready to scoff at GERS

  1. bigjon999 August 22, 2018 / 8:22 am

    I see the BBC is revving up already – relishing the chance to pour cold water on the economics of Scotland, ignoring the fact that 25/26* figures are estimates – made up by UK government officials.
    * cannot be sure this is the correct figure – but it will be more accurate than GERS

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  2. William Henderson August 22, 2018 / 9:17 am

    Aye, our annual dose of mendacity with malice aforethought!

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  3. gavin August 22, 2018 / 9:42 am

    Putin must look at the BBC with envy.

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  4. Robert Graham August 22, 2018 / 9:57 am

    I wonder how this dramatic presentation thats being worked on right now , i wonder if it will include doom laden background music to heighten the tension this along with some catastrophic images to make sure the unwary are well and truly scared shitless . Well it is the Scottish media and they have never knowingly missed an opportunity to have a go at the SNP . So sit back and enjoy the show folks as the saying goes same shit different day .

    The news right now is Trump and his latest woes , Puppy farms and the proposed banning of , amongst various other not exactly earth changing stuff , I wonder what is not being shown , Brexit negotiations as far as i know are still on the go and Hunt the new Boris is in the USA what are the others up to ? .

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    • gavin August 22, 2018 / 10:43 am

      Fluffy sits obediently, tail wagging, waiting for someone to through a ball for him to chase.
      His days are filled with doing clever tricks for his masters. Woof, woof !

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  5. Robert Graham August 22, 2018 / 10:59 am

    The beyond question GERS figures have now been released ,the BBC website says that they are a slight improvement on the last set of jokes ” BUT ” the most widely used word by the BBC “BUT” they are still way behind the UK deficit, eh the UK government can borrow and control its economy as far as I know Scotland can’t ,
    the very last line is really quite funny it states that the figures are free from political involvement , oh dear the old ones are the best ones , The whole idea of presenting these figures was Ian Langs brainchild it was a totally political move to sink any thoughts of independence, when did this political weapon suddenly become free of interference ? I guess we must have missed that bit .

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  6. gavin August 22, 2018 / 2:21 pm

    Oh for the good ol’ days, when Scotland was to be “richer than Switzerland”.

    Of course we weren’t actually informed, so it never happened. Instead Thatcher (and all after her) closed down industry after industry, while telling us how lucky we were to have such “generous neighbours”.

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  7. tcrosbie20 August 22, 2018 / 3:18 pm

    Gers is a complete joke, they are massaging the figures, using accounting tricks even Paul Daniels would be proud of, hiding oil money as other revenues all across the country, because its pumped straight on to boats and not landed on the mainland Scotland and cant be traced. Were being fleeced on a massive scale. What is wrong with the Scottish people ?


  8. Ludo Thierry August 22, 2018 / 4:24 pm

    Hi John – brilliant comments above regarding the perennial GERS comedy. Can I just take an opportunity to update on a recent topic – the attempts by The Westminster Home Office and their client company SERCO to change the locks on 300+ asylum seekers in Glasgow? See edit from Common Space below – really encouraging response from Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL):

    THE OFFICIAL body of Scottish landlords has come out in opposition to plans by government contractor Serco which could leave over 300 asylum seekers homeless in Glasgow, describing the proposals as “abhorrent”.

    Housing law in Scotland requires landlords to obtain court permission before evictions can take place, but Serco argued it was able to ignore due process as asylum seekers did not enjoy the same rights as ordinary Scots tenants.

    John Blackwood, chief executive of the Scottish Association of Landlords [SAL], said criticised Serco’s plans to ignore normal legal due process: “SAL finds it abhorrent that any accommodation provider would evict tenants by simply changing locks rather than following the appropriate due legal process to evict.”
    “SAL has always worked closely with the Scottish Refugee Council and is keen to collaborate with them, and others, in a multiagency approach to help support those seeking asylum.

    Glasgow housing associations which provide properties to Serco were also unimpressed by the proposals, with the one writing to the company to say that any unauthorised lock changes would be a breach of contract between Serco and the housing association.

    Serco is being challenged in court over its decision by the housing charity Shelter Scotland as well as a leading housing justice lawyer, solicitor advocate Mike Dailly, who is acting on behalf of some of those affected.

    The decision is expected to be challenged on a number of legal arguments, including through ordinary Sot housing law but also by using human rights precedent set by the European Court of Human Rights.


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