Tuesday, 9 July 2013

English separatism dates back to 1603

I've blogged before about English desires for independence from Scotland. This is from Dan Hannan MEP -

"When James VI of Scotland became James I of England in [1603], he wanted to amalgamate his two realms into a unified state....Scots broadly approved of their monarch’s ambition, seeing huge opportunities in a merger: a large home market, overseas trade and – with a fellow Scot on the English throne – plum jobs in the state machine. The English saw things differently. As lairds and landless gentry swarmed south with their sovereign, picking up sinecures and titles, they felt almost as if they were being invaded. English MPs denied James the title of 'King of Great Britain', and held up the merger of the two states for more than a century."

"The 1707 Acts of Union (there was one on each side of the border) are nowadays often recalled as a takeover by England of its smaller neighbour. At the time, though, they were more widely seen in converse terms. English MPs resented being made to pay for Scottish commercial interests and protested angrily about picking up the debts that Scotland had incurred in its unhappy attempt to plant a colony on the Panama isthmus."

And these days the English pay through the nose for superior public service provision north of the border. No wonder half of the English now want independence from Scotland, compared with only a third of Scots.

2 comments:

  1. That's why I like the federal union idea - the UK takes care of mutual defence and diplomacy, the four nations take care of themselves otherwise.

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    1. Yes, it's the only way - as Spain is starting to discover too.

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