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SNP furious over Economist’s mockery of Scotland as ‘Skintland’

The SNP has strongly condemned The Economist magazine’s front cover mocking depiction of Scotland as ‘Skintland’ as “patronising, metropolitan claptrap”.

The magazine has re-named every community in Scotland immaturely, patronising terms even though its previous reports told that Scotland generates 10% of U.K. GDP with just 8.4% of the population.

The cover page carries a map of Scotland and the headline “It’ll cost you – The price of Scottish independence”. And the original place names on the map are changed so Dunfermline becomes “Dunearnin”, Arbroath becomes “Arebroke”, Stonehaven is renamed “Stonehaven’t” and Inverness becomes “Inamess”.

Westminster SNP Group Leader, Angus Robertson MSP has sketched how the cover was not only full of aggression to Scotland residents but also has no connection with the article itself. Mr. Robertson has said that the negative description was a major obstacle for the anti-independence parties, as it destroys their claims that the anti-independence campaign is an optimistic one.

Mr. Robertson said: The front cover “is patronising, metropolitan claptrap - the Bullingdon Club attitude to Scotland- which lays bare the true nature of Unionism: utterly negative. For a pro-Union, London-based magazine to portray Scotland and our communities in this patronising way is a disaster for the anti-independence parties. I trust that they too will disassociate themselves from it.

“The Economist's own inside article doesn't even reflect its ridiculous front page. As it says, Scotland is not subsidised from Westminster, the Scottish economy reforms better' than any other nation or region in the UK outside South-East England, and we account for 10% of the UK's GDP with just 8.4% of the population. The reality of Scotland is that with independence we would be the sixth-wealthiest nation in the developed world in terms of GDP per head, compared to the UK's sixteenth place; we subsidised the rest of the UK by £510 for every man, women and child in Scotland in the last year; and the oil and gas asset base in the North Sea is worth £1.5 trillion, with more tax revenues to come than have already been generated.

"How dare, our community and our nation be decried in such an insulting manner - it tells us nothing about economics and everything about the insular, metropolitan bias of the anti-independence campaign."

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