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The Bargain

Why the UK Works So Well for Scotland

by Tom Miers

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ISBN: 9781788853491
Published: 05 May 2022
Format: E-Book
Extent: 208
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Birlinn
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About the Book

Three hundred years ago, Scotland struck an extraordinary bargain with its English neighbour. Like all the best deals it involved giving away little – nominal sovereignty – in exchange for major gains: economic, political and cultural. Control over key domestic matters was retained. Today, that bargain, updated for the democratic era, is better than ever.

Nonetheless, a Scottish nationalist campaign of remarkable discipline has brought the United Kingdom to the point of extinction. This book sets out how to save it. It offers new political ideas and a clear set of rules to govern the constitutional debate. But above all, it urges those who wish to save the Union to explain that the bargain is not just a matter of money, or even sentiment about a shared past, but a canny and sophisticated arrangement that benefits all nations of the UK. It is the foundation of Scotland’s success and unique place in the world.

The Author

Tom Miers

Tom Miers has researched and written extensively on public policy in Scotland, publishing numerous articles and short books on the subject over the last two decades. He studied History at The University Edinburgh and, after a career in finance, worked with a number of think-tanks and campaign groups in Edinburgh, London and Brussels. He lives with his family near Berwick-upon-Tweed.

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