The Bargain : Why the UK Works So Well for Scotland Paperback / softback
by Tom Miers
Paperback / softback
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.