We know that the Westminster government will do anything in its power to make Scotland look like it is subsidized by all these nice Englishmen and women.
We also know from numerous examples from the Olympics to Badger Killing that Whitehall and accurate figures are utter strangers the one to the other.
But this is beyond a joke.
The UK Treasury has issued figures that appear to show that Scotland cost the taxpayer more than other parts of the UK.
They showed that Scots got £10,088 of government cash each and Londoners got only £9,613.
But what the Treasury didn't bother to mention was that whilst the London figures were based on the 2011 census, the Scottish figures were based on the 2001 census.
Had they taken the time to ensure that the figures were based upon the same year’s population numbers they might ...no, they would, have found a very different story.
But then that wouldn't have suited Danny Alexander in last week's attack on Scottish Independence.
Stewart Hosie, the SNP shadow chancellor in Westminster called the figures “a dodgy dossier” and went on to say: “This report is a con, no more than an attempt to deceive the Scottish people. Scotland more than pays its way. No amount of fiddled figures in a dodgy dossier will change that.”
Why do the London authorities do this? Seriously no one really believes that they are so incompetent that they can't tell the difference between 2001 and 2011. The information must have been stored quite separately So it was a fiddle. They cheated. They lied.
It’s incredibly insulting to intelligent people to expect them to believe this nonsense. The trouble is that the more they lie, the less we will believe anything they say.
If they want to encourage people to stay with the UK they could try to find some truthful advantages in our doing so. That they seem to depend singularly on lies suggests to me that there are no real advantages.
But it does tell me that they must want our wealth very much to go to these extremes.