The act of Union 1707. Ah!! Scottish Utopia!!! promises, promises, promises betrayal, betrayal, betrayal. 1745 Culloden. and the butchery of German Geordie, his son, and the English army.
But you see we Scots were sold out by a few unelected lords who took English bribes and betrayed Scotland
From that time Scotland has been brutally asset-stripped by an avaricious Westminster government. All roads lead to London!!!
All revenue accrued in the UK is passed to the English Exchequer.
Westminster’s financial needs are then allocated after which the Secretary of State for Scotland is handed a budget, top sliced from the Scottish Grant.
The residue, (decreasing annually as areas of responsibility are removed from Holyrood) passes to the Scottish government.
No-one really knows the full extent of revenue gathered by Scotland. eg Whisky manufactured, blended and bottled in Scotland is transported to England for worldwide distribution. The tax collected is credited to England. £3-5billion annually.
But the annual GERS financial report falsely records Scotland to be in receipt of £ billion’s more from Westminster than it contributes.
This is quoted routinely by Unionists in support of their argument that Scotland is too wee and too poor to survive as a nation. The statement is utter nonsense and has been debunked by many independent financial experts.
Then, if minded to do so – throws Scotland a few scraps to keep them quiet.
New untested ideas about tax collection. Probably unworkable. Introduce new measures in Scotland first The jocks are well indoctrinated to Westminster’s authority. eg Poll Tax Experiment Yup!!
Industry!! – Order books a bit light!! – Close Scotland down. Relocate companies to England.
Coal- mining industry!!! – Bloody minded Jocks and their Unions. Shut it down. Leave the coal in the ground. Purchase cheap dirty coal from Poland and South America.
Car production, Shut it down transfer it from Linwood and Bathgate to England.
Steel production – Shut it down in Scotland move production to England then Sell it to India for a pittance
Retain a massively upgraded Trident nuclear weapons and submarine fleet – Yes!! But voters will not allow nuclear missiles or submarines to be based within 150 miles of population centres in England. Bugger it – locate them in Glasgow. Scots votes count for nothing at Westminster.
The homing of the nuclear submarine fleet and missile systems in Faslane precludes any major shipping industry on the Clyde. Shut it down.
Construction of a few battleships, kit constructed in England, then shipped to Glasgow for assembly will keep the natives happy.
Fighting Johnny Foreigner!! – troops required – Not a problem – Get them from Scotland. The Jocks must pay their way in the Union. In the absence of finance, blood will do.
Shut down their factories – get the buggers on the dole or offer job security through service in the forces.
Death and lifetime incapacity for many young Scots incurred through injury on active service in many cavalier military actions entered into by Westminster.
Gordon Brown’s answer to the ever-increasing incidence. The Westminster government cannot afford to meet their needs.
Create “Cash for Hero’s” a charity for injured servicemen – Appoint half a dozen cronies to manage it. All on six-figure salaries. As public awareness recedes it’ll die a natural death.
Charitable housing for wounded – handicapped soldiers – no way, let the Scottish public find the money.
Upgrade the UK infrastructure. But England is allocated the vast bulk of available finance so that a massive programme of works, eg. HS2/3 and numerous other high-cost projects in London and the South East of England can be completed.
Net tax and other revenues to the UK reveals Scotland’s financial contribution to the foregoing works to be many £billions but there are no direct benefits to Scotland.
The Westminster government issues assurance that Scotland will be given finance to allow similar works to e completed but not before 2030. Now that’s a kick in the teeth!!!
Scotland – Natives restless – give them a “wee talking shop parliament” but retain power in England. William Hague clarified Scotland’s place in the Union:
“Scotland is not a state. Westminster simply decided to delegate the games to be held in Glasgow, a city of the UK”
Will Scots find the confidence to ask for another independence referendum after being so heavily defeated in 2014??
They appear to have swallowed the Westminster message. Scots are too timid and stupid to try again. Their continued acceptance of abuse heaped upon them by Westminster justifies the statement.
The Jocks are Luddites!!! Witness the Labour Party in Scotland. Returned to power at Westminster for nearly 60 years. They really did vote for donkeys wearing a labour badge and paid the price suffering rampant corruption.
Moaning Jocks!!! Promise them jam tomorrow – They’ll believe anything Yup! that’s it, buy the buggers off with a few sweeteners.
300 years of abuse imposed on Scots by avaricious Westminster governments yet 55% choose to remain loyal to the most corrupt union of sovereign nations ever created. Beggar’s belief!!
Rabbie Burns got it right when he wrote that “a parcel of rogues” sold Scotland out 300 years ago
The next referendum will provide another chance for Scot’s to get rid of Westminster politicians and their sycophantic useless Peers of the realm.
The fate of Scotland should be in Scottish hands not the grubby paws of a bunch of rich toff’s, lords and even richer barons at Westminster. Feathering their own nest’s, selling the nation into bondage.
In 2014 the Unionists said they loved Scotland and implored Scots to remain in the Union and the European Community. And we did.
The betrayal of the Unionist vow, to devolve to Scotland full fiscal authority and many other areas of governance was not long coming.
Only 3 months on from the referendum the Unionists thumbed their noses at Scotland and devolved little of any significance. Rubbing salt into the wounds they even attempted to con Scotland out of finance that rightfully belonged in Holyrood.
The Unionist paid the price for their devious tactics at the next General Election when they were nearly wiped out in Scotland.
The Scottish politicians returned to Westminster in 2015 were subjected to abuse mirroring that meted out to Irish politicians by the Unionists at the turn of the twentieth century.
One reply on “300 years of abuse imposed on Scots by avaricious Westminster governments yet 55% choose to remain loyal to the most corrupt union of sovereign nations ever created. Beggar’s belief!!”
Since 2014 the GERS deficit has gone through the roof (see chart on link). That’s quite a coincidence. It’s almost as if the UK got a big fright in 2014 and decided to simply ramp up the GERS deceit. I know that getting some data is either difficult or impossible since it isn’t gathered, but it would be good to see a decent quantified adjustment (correction) to the official GERS figures to show that they are not anywhere near an accurate reflection of Scotland’s government finances within the UK (and even less so as is usually pointed out in an independent nation).
The amount of ‘guesstimates’ used in the official GERS reports is crying out for a serious rebuttal, not just a verbal explanation as has been done by quite a few people already, but in numbers that lead to an adjusted total figure. The scope for a serious correction would be huge, including both ‘lost’ revenue such as whisky, and the ‘allocated costs’ that include things that clearly don’t benefit Scotland. Sadly some costs would have to remain thanks to UK government decisions, such as the extortionate PFI costs to Scotland (but as revenue to London’s financial sector), a fitting legacy to the true costs of being part of the UK.
With the exposure in summary and detail of the official GERS figures being wildly wrong and deliberately misleading with respect to Scotland, it would help put the UK on the backfoot, since it’s the economics of an independent rUK (England) that is it’s biggest weakness. Having to lie about Scotland’s public finances is all the proof needed that the UK does not have any sound positive argument for Scotland remaining in the UK. So lies it is then. It’s all they have.
GERS will be published again next month, with yet again more lies about the financial weakness of Scotland’s government finances. It’s time it was seriously challenged and numerically shown for what it is – a deliberate and massive falsification of Scotland’s finances. It’s time to call their bluff.
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