When did the Scots get conquered and by whom? Scotland has never been conquered in the same way as Wales and Ireland were. And I assume you are aware that that £ 2,000 a head "extra" is pretty much what Westminster spends on our behalf on debt interest, defence and paying Westminster departments for doing stuff for us we could do for ourselves, if we actually needed to do the stuff in the first place. I ask again...tell me one single thing we get from being part of the UK that we can't get as an independent country......just one single thing. We pay for our "perks" out of the part of our taxes that Westminster allows us to have back to spend. Westminster could easily give England the same perks, if it wasn't so busy making sure that the rich get richer and the poor get shafted.