A BBC Scotland complaint – Douglas Fraser: GERS and the Scottish ‘deficit’
Complaint submitted on August 26th
On August 23rd Good Morning Scotland broadcast an item following the publication of the GERS report. The item featured two questions posed by BBC Scotland’s business & economy editor Douglas Fraser.
The ‘notional’ deficit referred to is 7.9%. The claim that no country could sustain such a deficit was both misleading and inaccurate. Many countries, large and small, have indeed sustained deficits similar to or greater than 7.9%. One country was the UK, which sustained a deficit of 10.1%, 9.4%, 7.5% and 8.2% in 2009,10,11 and 12 respectively.