Sunday, February 28, 2016

A six year old explains deficits to a Scottish Nationalist MSP

During a debate on twitter yesterday a Scottish Nationalist member of the Scottish parliament, John Mason, incorrectly referred to the UK's budget deficit as £1.5 trillion.

This is actually the approximate size of the National Debt - see

Called on this, John Mason MSP tweeted

"How is national debt different from national deficit?"

Oh my word. To think that it is possible to become a parliamentarian in the UK today without knowing the answer to that question.

One of the people who saw the tweet, Mark Brown replied "Hold on, I'll get my six year old to explain it in terms you might understand."

Alan Butler said that he already had, posting this:


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