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Scotland and the Union 1707-2007$
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Tom Devine

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635412

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635412.001.0001

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Future of an Unloved Union

Future of an Unloved Union

(p.228) 14 Future of an Unloved Union
Scotland and the Union 1707-2007
T.M. Devine
Edinburgh University Press

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

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