‘Scottish independence: not worth the trouble’ | J. Lloyd- openDemocracy

‘Scottish independence: not worth the trouble’ | J. Lloyd- openDemocracy

The Union, as Alvin Jackson notes in his ‘The Two Unions’ (2012), was a ‘Scots invention’ (like ‘Rule, Britannia’, the product of the Scots dramatist James Thomson)  – as intellectuals who included David Hume ‘posit(ed) the idea of a shared and equal enterprise, and one in which Scots identity might by preserved and Scots interests sustained…the idea of a union partnership was looked upon with scepticism by the English generally, on the grounds that, as the richer and stronger power, more sacrifice would be required from them than from the Scots’. Both the Scots intellectuals and the English sceptics have been proven right: the Scots identity has been so well preserved, in distinct legal system, education organisation and (now less important) dominant religion that many foreigners believe it to be a separate country. And English taxpayers pay for the greater generosity of the Scots public services.  It was a Union which was not proposed as one that stirred the blood: on the contrary, it was entered into for sober, religious and pacifist reasons – and thus, in the nationalist revival, has been swamped by Saltire crosses, skirling bagpipes, tartanry and the evocation of ancient wrongs – wrongs, but romantic.


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