There is no doubt that the union has produced much over the centuries but as we enter a new government and perhaps a new era of austerity is it time to reconsider what we get out of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland being together. The genie is out of the bottle with the various forms of self government which seem to provide a degree of autonomy without the responsibility and restraint of self funding i.e. the English pay for the privilege of public sector dependant economies. From an English perspective, is it about time we seriously asked ourselves are they Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish beneficial to England and vice versa. Personally, I am all for dissolution of the union with perhaps some high level agreements on defence and policing cooperation. Thoughts anyone?