There are a lot of hypothetical economic arguments surrounding Scottish independence. However, in the real world, it is clear that small countries are richer and are better places to live.
While GERS still shows Scotland has a large fiscal deficit within the UK, the figures show we are starting to move in the right direction.
Even if GERS tells us nothing about the finances of an independent Scotland, we still need a viable deficit reduction plan if we are to sell independence.
Listen to the audio from the short debate between Kevin Hague and Richard Murphy on the GERS figures. Who sounds the most plausible?
It is a commonly held view, that we are scrounging Scots. However, a look at the figures for the last 37 years doesn’t back this up
If Kevin Hague is a man of logic, then why is he generalising to 1.6 million people based on very limited anecdotal evidence?
We need unbiased experts writing reports on the finances of a post indy Scotland. Using Yes minded amateurs is counter-productive
When we argue about the fiscal position of Scotland we play into the hands of our opponents. Best to have a plan for the worst cast scenario instead.
The annual GERS debate is becoming a joke as the exact same stats are manipulated, heralded or ridiculed by both sides to bolster their respective cases.
Those cheering Gers report would advise a kidnap victim to remain in the dungeon, for incarceration has rendered them incapable of looking after themselves.