Whitehall is doing us a civil disservice

JOAN says Sir Nicholas Macpherson and George Osborne will do anything to preserve their elite position and for that reason we should ignore their views on Scottish Independence.


ANOTHER week, another UK Treasury paper running down Scotland. It’s a wonder we pay a blind bit of notice.

The latest paper made false allegations about the start-up costs of an independent Scotland – as though we don’t already pay a fortune for British institutions, which are mainly concentrated in London with little job benefits to ourselves.

It turned out that the Treasury figures were wrong and included the costs of departments that already exist here.

But should this debacle surprise anyone? Last week we got the strongest evidence yet that the UK Treasury is a well-financed arm of the No Campaign...

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