Thursday, 01 February 2018 10:40

A Most Responsible Proposition

WHEN considering the lessons from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Professor Ron Spector of the George Washington University said, ‘American popular disapproval for going to war should not have allowed its government to fail in preparing for one.’

The 2014 independence Referendum White Paper therefore quite rightly incorporated a section on the defence of an independent Scotland. However, those proposals were described by the UK’s Minister of Defence (at the time Philip Hammond) as being ‘a most irresponsible proposition’. I confess I think his analysis was correct though, as my previous article in iScot explained, the capabilities of the UK’s defences at that time were in decline after years of ill-conceived cuts and, in reality, it was more a case of the ‘pot calling the kettle black’.

I don’t want to dwell on the failings of the 2014 White Paper but it’s important to clarify why I agree the defence proposals at that time were indeed ‘a most irresponsible proposition’ but from Scotland’s perspective.
By Geoff Tompson

First published in iScot Magazine,1st February 2018
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