"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.