It has been that week again. You know the one where the annual GERS figures are released and all sorts of arguments spring up around them.
The Brit Nats crow about how awful they are and mock how dreadful Scotlands deficit it and shout everywhere from the pages of their newspapers to the tv news from Reporting Scotland and STV.
These figures are all analysed, turned this way and that by their preferred guests and commentators on politics programmes on radio and tv.
The Brit Nats on social media go absolutely haywire and rub their hands in glee while shouting ” Oh Look…. See how really awful Scotland is and how much Scotland is benefiting from the ever generous Union.” “Scotland…Independent? In your dreams! ”
Meanwhile on the other side in defensive formation are the Independence supporters who point out how flawed these figures are. They point out that to a very large extent while these figures are produced by the Scottish Government as a requirement, the figures are mostly all estimated and based on figures which are provided to them from the UK Treasury. They point out that HMRC Tax figures are not included, and even if they were there is no reliable means by which Scottish personal or business tax can be properly extrapolated from them.
These arguments are just the tip of the iceberg, and I am not going to bore you rigid with them.
The nonsense and misinformation about them range from the sublime to the ridiculous.
They are about as much use to us as a cheap plastic toy in a cornflakes packet.
They were originally designed by Ian Laing in Thatchers government as a Tory propaganda tool meant to discredit Devolution and the opposition parties. And very successfully they have been used in that fashion ever since. Only now they are used by all British Nationalists as a tool to oppose Independence.
They have no real bearing in even the state of play between Scotland and the UK as a whole as part of the Union, they are too flawed to even give an accurate reflection on even that, far less how they could even begin to give any indication whatsoever of what an Independent Scotland might do and how it would run its affairs. In effect beyond an academic and political exercise they are essentially worthless.
And yet…. every year it is the same old thing from Scottish British Nationalists. Look at how awful Scotlands deficit is! We do not have a deficit, we have no means with which to run up one. We have no control or economic levers with which to govern our own affairs in any real sense. We cannot borrow and we cannot run up a debt, we are not allowed to.
We have no control over taxation (other than to now vary personal tax by a very limited margins), defence spending, foreign policy,Immigration,fiscal and monetary policy,Social Security,Nuclear energy and Broadcasting.
Yet we have the likes of Jeremy Corbyn having the utter cheek to come up here and tell the Scottish Government to mitigate against Westminster cuts and austerity implemented by the Tory party but which has been aided and abetted by his own!
We have Brit Nats crowing…. Look at how many Billions and Billions of pounds Scotland is being subsidised by, and this proves we are better being in the Union.
Well for those Scottish British Nationalist supporters, parties and journalists I have only two things to say to you all.
As Scots you are an utter disgrace to our country. You are either propagating downright lies for your own petty benefits on the back of something you know to be utterly untrue.
Or you actually really believe all this guff and believe that we truly are a beggar Nation depending on the handouts and largesse of our very generous neighbours. In which case you are no better than the junky who begs people in the street for a pound for their fix and are an utter disgrace with no honour pride or decency left.
Or you are a bigoted racist Tory who actually is a Nationalist of the very worst Kind.
Take a good look at yourselves, for whichever you are, you are a disgrace to all of us Scots.