To make sense of this the government needs to understand that caring does not function like the money economy. Time spent on it is not a cost to society, but a vital benefit, and the more of it a society can do, the richer it becomes.
The uptick in growth is real and brings a welcome increase in jobs in its wake. Of course, growth is pretty anaemic compared with what we normally get after a massive downturn and, unlike many other countries, we are not yet back to the level of output before the crash.
The arc of prosperity, it seems, bends towards an independent Scotland, regardless of the facts. I expect to find exactly this kind of wishful thinking, obfuscation, and make believe in Tuesday's White Paper in which the SNP will lay out its plans and projections for an independent Scotland.