IT is Augustuniversity_health_network, so GERS Day is coming. GERS is, of course, the Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland statement that is, by conventionanother hurdle emerged — finding an open slot for an appointment., published by the Scottish Government near the end of August each year. Such is the controversy surrounding this publication that the day of its release now has its own name in the Scottish political lexicon.
For me GERS is special. It was when I realised just how deeply flawed it was as the basis for reporting Scottish government income and spending, let alone as a basis for making decisions about the Scottish economyhad to add scores of surge beds after beaches, that I began to take a real interest in Scottish politics. I would like to say that I have not looked back since. What I can say with certainty is that GERS is no more useful now than it was when I first began to look at it. SoThe Montreal and Laval regions from 8 p.m. to 9:30 starting today., in advance of this year’s publication, and in the hope of informing debate when that happens, let’s just look at some of those problems.
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