What is GERS?
The Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) web area provides information on the annually published GERS report. GERS is compiled by statisticians and economists in the Office of the Chief Economic Adviser of the Scottish Government. The Scottish Government’s Chief Statistician takes responsibility for this publication.
The latest publication of GERS, providing figures for financial year 2017-18, was published on 22 August 2018. The report is available at the links below:
As ever Wings over Scotland distills a detailed analysis of why GERS is simply but one more part of an overall propaganda exercise, ie. they’re madey uppy numbers, funnily enough pointing to Independence not being viable.
Even the BBC reports on GERS:
But their main purpose is to provide an annual injection of fresh ammunition into Scotland’s constitutional debate.
Gers was started by Conservative ministers 25 years ago, to provide the figures with which to make the case against a devolved parliament.
Speaking at a hearing tax expert Richard Murphy had the genius to even publicly label it CRAP, intellectually:
— Richard Murphy (@RichardJMurphy) August 24, 2018
People should stop talking about GERS and have a look at how other countries who have similar populations but who are independent compare with Scotland when you look at their economies. When you do that the message is stark, the Union is bad for Scotland. pic.twitter.com/fYfhjBGkla
— Martin MacDonald (@Innealadair) August 24, 2018
How best to achieve that? If ScotGov can't produce the goods how about a community effort? The most powerful idea of Indy is any number of policy configurations are possible, with each outputting a new possible fiscal scenario. We'd be free to consider and choose any one of these
— IndyScotNation #dissolvetheunion (@IndyNationScot) August 23, 2018