On Saturday, I spoke at the Royal Scots Club in Edinburgh to the Scottish and Northern England branch of the Hull University Alumni Association. The talk was titled ‘The Scottish or the English Question? The future of the Union’. I looked at what may happen consequent to the referendum in Scotland next September. If there is a ‘yes’ vote, then this raises especially what may be termed a United Kingdom question and a Scottish question (how will assets and responsibilities be divided, what will be the future of the UK as such, how will Scotland cope within a fiscal and monetary union?). My focus, however, was what happens in the event of a ‘no’ vote. Given that the main parties appear agreed there will be a further transfer of powers to Scotland (‘devo max’), what will be the consequences in terms of English attitudes? Survey data show a substantial dissatisfaction in England (not confined to the North) with what is perceived as favourable treatment for Scotland and a growing sense of Englishness. The self-ascription as English is now pronounced, well outstripping (except in London) those who regard themselves as British. There is also a dissatisfaction with how the country is governed, but no agreement on what the answer is to this: the status quo does not carry majority support, but neither does any one of the alternatives (regional government being the least preferred). In the event of a no vote this sense of Englishness and dissatisfaction is likely to grow. Ironically, a yes vote, with Scotland ceasing to be part of the UK, may possibly stem this or even see it receding. With a no vote, there will be an interesting challenge to how we muddle through. That, perhaps, is a very British response.