Future of an Unloved Union

Edited by T.M. Devine

in Scotland and the Union 1707-2007

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780748635412
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672202 | DOI:
Future of an Unloved Union

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This chapter considers the future of Anglo-Scottish Union. It is noted that any serious Tory revival could carry the party to an almost impregnable domination of English politics — as long as those Scottish MPs aren't there to spoil it. Scotophobia in England is largely a media invention and has not been very efficient in its own terms. Politicians and journalists with an agenda have agitated a general Scotophobia. There is now discontent with the 1997 devolution settlement on both sides of the Border. The notion of ‘Britain’ is weakening as identity politics — already embedded in Scotland and Wales — take root in England. From this moment, the real strain will begin to bear down on the devolution settlement after its first easy decade.

Keywords: Anglo-Scottish Union; English politics; Scotophobia; England; devolution settlement; identity politics; Scotland; Wales

Chapter.  5232 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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