Another tame expert speaks

It’s difficult to see how the description of John McLaren as a “leading economist” accords with his abysmal failure to recognise that the whole of Scotland’s budget is determined by Westminster. Somewhat curiously for a supposed “expert” he seems to suppose ‘Barnett consequentials’ are a novel and previously unknown phenomenon that he has just stumbled upon in the course of writing press releases for British Labour in Scotland (BLiS). Or, as he would doubtless call it, his ‘research’.

When he says that the Scottish Government’s draft budget is duplicitous, what he actually means is that it is amenable to different interpretations. This has already been pointed out by the Fraser of Allander Institute in a report which has clearly rattled BLiS and prompted them to call on one of their tame economists for help.

It is simply a fact of life that the complexity of government budgeting makes it all but impossible to present a concise summary which takes account of every angle and nuance. A situation which is greatly aggravated by the added guddle of haphazard and inept devolution. Grown-ups are aware of this. The behaviour of the British parties at Holyrood is pathetically immature. Which may help to explain why the sensible adults who make up the bulk of the electorate continue to put their trust in the SNP rather than a bunch of ranting British nationalists and tribal loyalists who cannot see a situation without screeching about a crisis.


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About Peter A Bell

Thinker. Listener. Talker. Reader. Writer. None of my attitudes are immutable. None of my conclusions are final. None of my opinions are humble.
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One Response to Another tame expert speaks

  1. As you are well aware Peter, anybody who agrees with the aims of B.B.C Scotland, that is to deny us our independence, is automatically an “expert”. And it’s the same old, same old. Listeners/viewers/readers, only get the headline, never bothering to take in the full article, that is if there is anything worthwhile further on, and it can be very effective in terms of propaganda.
    Just one of the crosses we have to bear on our long road to independence. The good news is that they, the establishment, are terrified, because they can see the writing on the wall, and the shambles that is Brexit, will hasten their demise.

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