The crisis, insofar as there is one in the union,
resembles another in the country as a whole. The 8
million on the minimum wage, and 3 million
unemployed who feel the nation isn't helping them
towards something better might well consider leaving
if they had somewhere else to go called home, as the
Scots have. The division caused by dissatisfaction is
part of the division that afflicts the whole of our
society. The Scottish dislike of the government's  
“austerity” measures is not very different from other
people's dislike of it. The government might with
reason argue that if the SNP got its way and
Scotland were independent tomorrow, they
themselves might be forced to implement their own
austerity measures to deal with their part of the debt,
or wind up like Greece. It is indeed part of the burden
of any conservative party that they get blamed for
facing realities that the left sometimes prefer to ignore.
 But mistaken or otherwise, alienation and
resentment has been part of our national character
for a long time, as we have failed to find answers to
the most serious social and economic problems;
poverty, industrial failure, budget deficit and debt.
And its not only the poor and the Scots who feel
alienation from a country that cannot find the
policies to solve its problems; the unemployed, the
small businessman, the middle classes, even the big
industrialist (while enjoying the low pay he gives his
workers), might be less than satisfied to operate in an
economy handicapped by the consequences of  that
low pay -  low productivity, poor education and weak
retail markets, while small, medium and large
businesses are all blighted by our long term
disastrous export record.
 It is not Scottish dissatisfaction alone that needs to
be addressed for the sake of the future of the nation,
Union or otherwise.

Crisis? What Crisis?
- How to keep the union, and the
nation, together.

“Mistaken or otherwise, alienation and
resentment has been part of our national
character for a long time, as we have
failed to find answers to the most serious
social and economic problems; poverty,
industrial failure, budget deficit and
debt”
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