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  1. I don't have a clue but given the amount of crap and lies he normally spouts, surely the default position of any Rangers supporter should be that they are wrong?
  2. So would an independent Scotland not want to keep the parts of the country that don't contribute positively? An independent Scotland would presumably have to have embassies and consulates so the cost could potentially be more. As for defence, we all know that the SNP would cut back expenditure and take a head in the sand view to global events and just hope that others are there to bail us out, or alternatively not stand up to tyranny as we saw with the SNP's attitude to the German Nationalists during WW2. As for the "things are bad, so lets blame the English/Westminster and take no responsibility ourselves" argument, so that not a bit stale by now? GERS may well be a set of regional accounts for Scotland as part of the UK but it doesn't mean that the accounts of an independent Scotland wouldn't be even worse.
  3. A really difficult choice this time. There's 5 or 6 who could get it, but I'll go with Jack.
  4. I couldn't get on through my TV so had to watch it on my iPad.
  5. So impressed by his attitude tonight ( and this season so far) . He seems to have turned the corner.
  6. And I believe all bookings get wiped after the next game.
  7. Professional performance.
  8. That, in my opinion, is a generous interpretation, and in some respects just wrong. I have not seen the data as yet, but I have no doubt that I was right to have created the term CRAp to describe it. That means ‘Completely Rubbish Approximations’. And that is what GERS is. So, before we see anything let me remind those who will get excited by this (and I am sure some graphs will be coming our way) of just why I think this. First, this was and to some extent remains a Unionist exercise. The short name says it all, and is not, I am sure coincidence. No one puts expenditure ahead of revenue in the name of an accounting document. It was done here for a reason, and it was to make a point that is still repeated. I will treat it with more respect when it is renamed. Second, this is very largely UK based data. It is simply an extrapolation of that data to Scotland in most cases. And UK data is prepared for UK purposes. The result is that the inherent reporting bias in it, recently referred to by the Tax Justice Network, for example, is not removed. Large amounts of economic value created in Scotland is not reported there as a result. Third, GERS is not intended to show how an independent Scotland would perform, and does not. For the sake of the independence debate it is almost irrelevant. Fourth, GERS reflects a lot of spending Scotland would not incur. It would not have a nuclear deterrent, for example. Fifth, as I have argued many times, the accounting is biased and theoretically utterly flawed. When accounting it is vital that all estimates are prepared consistently and on the same basis. GERS has not been. Income is estimated on the basis of that arising IN Scotland but spending is estimated on the basis of that arising FOR Scotland. So, only taxes paid in Scotland are included. But expenditure in England (mainly), Wales and Northern Ireland is also charged to Scotland when Scotland is deemed to benefit from it. But the tax paid to generate that expenditure is not taken into account. The system is, then, inherently designed to show a deficit. This is why the Scottish government claim about it is wrong. Sixth, no one really has a clue about the level of Scottish imports and exports, including services, because as yet the data to check these does not exist. And since this data might significantly impact GERS, and any other debate on the Scottish economy, that leaves a gaping hole in the estimates that nothing can fill. Seventh, even now Scotland has a tax authority we know it is having difficulty identifying Scottish resident people and their tax liabilities. And that is for easy taxes. On VAT, corporation tax and many other taxes the figures are stabs in the dark, especially as much Scottish added value is recorded elsewhere. In other words, don’t get too excited by GERS. I will not be. It’s CRAp, however it is polished. Point 1 - he'll take it more seriously if the report was renamed. That's his first point? The name of the report! If the title of it is stopping him taking it more seriously then you have to think that his analysis of it is very suspect. Point 5 - so if expenditure would have taken place in Scotland but it just so happens to take place elsewhere due to economies of scale he wants to ignore it, even though we're benefiting from it? Point 6 - the Scottish Government/SNP don't have a clue about imports and exports, but they believe that they can put together a economic plan for an independent Scotland without these figures? The guy's a fucking idiot.
  9. It's strange that there's still be no announcement about the game being on the TV. Perhaps RTV have found that their income isn't sufficient to cover the costs of purchase of the rights and the game may not be available (legally) in the UK.
  10. I thought it strange that we had 3 left backs too but Flanagan is cover for right back so we've got 4 players for the 2 full back positions. It does seem strange though that we've got 5 players going for the 2 wide forward positions but only 3 centre halves.
  11. We should be making at least 9 changes from Thursday, but that should still be a very strong team. We need to take advantage of rotation against teams like East Fife to keep players fresh and free from injury for Thursday and to avoid burnout later in the season as we did in 2008 and 2016.
  12. Is the game on the TV on Thursday?
  13. Sounds about right for an #AllUnderOneBanner participant.
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