thinking allowed: musings on business, the economy and scottish politics
Thursday, 9 July 2020
Kate Forbes' Grievance, Dissected
At the time of writing, in the 24 hours since being posted this tweet from Scottish Finance Secretary Kate Forbes has received around 4 thou...
Wednesday, 5 February 2020
Deficits, Deficit Gaps and Fiscal Transfers
To understand what is going on when we talk about implied fiscal transfers between different parts of the UK (as discussed here ), it'...
Sunday, 2 February 2020
Pooling and Sharing: The English Regions
In a few weeks time I'll be chairing a conference in Newcastle - These Islands: Our Past, Present & Future The conference will fea...
Sunday, 29 December 2019
What GERS can and cannot tell us
This meme is frequently shared by independence supporters as if it's some kind of "gotcha!". The quote comes from a radio i...
Saturday, 21 December 2019
How Much of Scotland's Tax Revenue Does Westminster Keep?
tl;dr More spending occurs in Scotland than tax revenues raised by Scotland. In fact, more money is spent in Scotland than the sum ...
Thursday, 5 December 2019
Dissecting a Deception
tl;dr Nicola Sturgeon keeps trying to mislead people by repeating a demonstrably false assertion. The truth is that if the SNP's Growth ...
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