Well – no.
Just a few days later, and with no doubt the usual extensive research that we have come to associate with the unionists, the matriarch of the Scottish Tories,
has told us that an Independent
Scotland would be unable to finance the country’s welfare and pensions bill. Ruth
Speaking to “The North Britisher” (nee “The Scotsman”) she claimed that the welfare spending in
has been greater than Scotland North Sea oil and gas revenue
since records began in 2002. The message being the usual one that the Scots are
better off as part of the . UK
a £100bn has been spent during the period in question while oil and gas revenue
was £59.7bn. The Scottish Government’s figures show that the North
Sea revenue collected by the UK Exchequer during the period was in
fact £65.2bn. Not a big lie in the unionist scheme of things but still, simple
Figures aside, it does highlight though, the idea that the cost of high unemployment and relative poverty is seen by unionists, well the Tories at least, as a example of how Scotland is better off as part of the UK. Moreover it is another example of the unionist claim that an Independent Scotland couldn’t afford the cost of the London Government’s present-day mismanagement of the
That irrational argument speaks for itself.