SCOTLAND is safer as part of the United Kingdom than it would be if it separated, the man who until recently headed the British Army has claimed.Terrorism is always going to be a problem. But let us not imagine that MI5 or the MOD has Scotland at the forefront of its mind (unless of course there is a nuclear interest).
General Sir Mike Jackson, who led Britain's armed forces into Iraq, made his claim on a programme marking ten years of devolution by BBC's Panorama last night.
His view was that a collective British force was more cost- effective and better able to defend the British Isles than if the UK was broken up.
So, whom should the home guard worry about? I think that we can rule out the Russians. North Korea, Iran and Iraq are probably too far away and, anyway, why would they bother?
My bet is on the Danes and the Norwegians. They have always wanted Shetland back and I worry about the loyalties of that Tavish Scott. So then, prepare to repel the vikings ...