It’s nice to see Scottish Labour taking turns. Today it’s Richard Baker who’s been wheeled out to spout idiotic and instantly-disproveable untruths at the Scottish public.
Responding to the publication of revised oil analysis figures by the Scottish Government, Scottish Labour’s Richard Baker MSP, said:
“Last week we found out that in private John Swinney thinks that oil revenues will fall in a separate Scotland, bringing into question the affordability of even the state pension.
No we didn’t. The leaked cabinet paper posited a potential scenario based on figures issued by the UK’s OBR a year ago. It did not state that those figures were definitively correct.
“So on Alex Salmond’s orders he has spent the weekend cooking the books to come up with an extra £26 billion out of thin air.
Not “out of thin air” – out of pre-existing forecasts by highly respected, impartial experts, oil industry bodies and international organisations. Precisely none of the figures are based on Scottish Government estimates.
“The SNP really do think that they can treat the people of Scotland like fools.
Need we even bother with this one?
“They have been embarrassed by what they agreed in private, so they manufacture figures to spout in public five days later.
As noted above, these figures have not been “manufactured”, none were created by the Scottish Government, and were all produced and published BEFORE the release of the leaked paper.
“But the difference between these figures in just a single year is the equivalent of everything we spend on our schools, colleges and universities.
Looks like we can definitely afford free tuition, then.
“Alex Salmond is asking the people of Scotland to gamble the nation’s future on figures which didn’t exist until he had a bad week in the press last week.
“Far from there being an oil boom, one of Alex Salmond’s key arguments has just gone bust.”
Five out of six forecasts put oil revenues much higher than the OBR suggests. The OBR is the outlier by a considerable distance, has a track record of underestimating future oil prices, and – as a body reporting directly to the UK Treasury – has a vested interest in painting a bleak picture of an independent Scotland’s finances. Hmm, who to believe?
Labour are barely even bothering to try to conceal their lies behind a fog of obfuscation now. Goodness knows what they’ll be saying by autumn 2014. We wouldn’t be surprised to hear that Scotland was under threat from Godzilla.