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Voodoo economics


I see William Crossan is back with his usual smoke and mirrors take on the Government and Expenditure Review Scotland (GERS) data, and this time he has surpassed himself.

What readers must realise is it’s not what Mr Crossan tells you that is important, it’s what he doesn’t tell you.

For sure Scotland pays for its share of UK defence costs for establishments which are based outwith the Scottish borders.

For example the officer training centres in Dartmouth, Sandhust and Cranhill, MI5, the counter-terrorism unit, the army training centre in Brecon and, certainly not least of all as far as Scotland is concerned, the Air Control And Surveillance Systems (ASACS) based in RAF Boulmer, which monitors Scotland’s entire airspace and extensive coastline.

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