Meme-busting : Wings Over Scotland & Infrastructure Spending

Not technically a “meme” but I’m sure we’ve all seen various versions of the claim that Scotland pays for a swathe of infrastructure investment in England, primarily London, from which we gain no economic benefit.  These claims make their way onto various nationalist memes, including this one posted by SNP MP Margaret Ferrier, and are encapsulated … More Meme-busting : Wings Over Scotland & Infrastructure Spending

Meme-busting: Scotland’s share of oil revenues

For the second meme-busting article, we’ll go with this: The meme is trying to argue that, even with oil price volatility, an independent Scotland would receive more in oil and gas revenues than we currently do within the UK. Let’s look at it line-by-line: Oil Price per barrel: ok, they’ve chosen two arbitrary figures for … More Meme-busting: Scotland’s share of oil revenues

Meme-busting: whisky, export duty, English ports and GDP

This one has been covered a few times elsewhere so it’s a nice easy start to the “meme-busting” that I hope to make a regular feature on the blog. It’s all about this: It goes something like this: Scotland produces x amount of goods, including y amount of very valuable whisky. These goods are exported … More Meme-busting: whisky, export duty, English ports and GDP