There are currently only a few days to go to the Scottish referendum on independence, but whether is is "yes" or "no" the result is a potential "lose lose" situation for the Scots.
For centuries, they have blamed England for most of their real or imagined woes. That antipathy has been a bond between them.
But this time round, they will have only themselves to blame whoever wins or loses, and could well turn on each other as they have so frequently in the past.
There are already hints of dark times to come and this is not just manifest in the veiled threats from some extreme nationalists of consequences if there is a "no" vote.
In an interview on the Jeremy Vine show on BBC radio 2 the Scottish Editor of the Daily Telegraph, Alan Cochran, voiced his fears of a backlash from whichever side loses.
Other commentators have expressed similar opinions and there is one particular manifestation of doubts for the future that is not simply conjecture.
When people have such concerns they tend to want to move home somewhere else and estate agents say there is a marked increase in enquiries from Scotland for properties in England within commuting distance of Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Of course, they need to sell their own property first and - with the numbers coming on to the market increasing - the Scottish property market has already stalled, and the average house price has sunk to £141,872