Via the poor little Greek boy, I see that Scotland's mission to brand itself the "Best small country in the world" has taken something of a knock.
Scotland is 'worst small country'
Scotland is the worst performing small country in Western Europe, according to a report by business leaders.
The Federation of Small Businesses' annual Index of Wealth compared 10 countries on economic performance, employment rates, health and education.
Scotland's life expectancy rate was a major factor in it coming bottom.
FSB Scotland said the new SNP government had its work cut out to improve the nation, but ministers said Scotland "can and will do better".
Scotland also fell by one place, to 17th, in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's table of the world's 24 most developed countries.
I still have a fondness for Scotland and the Scots in general; they are immense fun and drink like fish. I consider this a good thing.
However, the country has been appallingly badly run and it is frankly bizarre that Labour weren't given more of a fucking kicking in the recent election; in fact, it beggars belief. If it weren't for the English subsidy, Scotland would be an economic basketcase: how the fuck can an economy be sustainable when more than half of everyone in the country derives their primary income from the state?
In fact, the Scottish government's attitude to doing business can be best summed up by using Scottish Enterprise as an example: that's right, the quango responsible for trying to tell the Scots how to run their businesses has itself gone bust in the past, and seems unable to control its own budget at all.
What more eloquent statement of the ills affecting the Scottish economy could I possibly make?
UPDATE: As I have mentioned a numerous times before, and as Timmy reminds us today, Scotland used to be independent and what happened?
They went bankrupt, with the Darien Scheme consuming a third of the entire wealth of the country. And that's a very large part of why Scotland joined the Union.
So, can any Scots harping on about English "oppression", in the comments, stop doing so, please. Because you're talking bollocks.