The Treaty of Union, Scoto-Britishness and Anglo-Britain
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This chapter explores the different perspectives and value-systems which underpin Scottish, English and British understandings of the meaning of the Treaty of Union which created the United Kingdom. It discusses the nature of that Treaty and its position as a major, but often misunderstood, British constitutional document. It explores often widely differing views on what the Union means and the powers it creates, not least the dismissive ways in which some senior English journalists and politicians appear to view the place of Scotland in the Union. It explores the nature of Anglo-British banal nationalism and its failure to comprehend the nature of Scottishness within the United Kingdom.