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May 24, 2012


They say there’s a first time for everything. In today’s Torygraph, Alan Cochrane found common cause with SNP Defence spokesperson Angus Robertson MSP and—for the first time to my recollection—I find myself agreeing with both of them. Arch-unionist Alan is, for my money, one of the more thoughtful and articulate among them. Though he takes no prisoners and many independistas have come off worse in exchanges with him, his are exactly those arguments we must counter if the case for independence is to be conclusive.

His column regrets that the SNP has shied away from reconsidering its hostility to NATO membership by an independent Scotland at next month’s National Council and sympathises with Angus’ quite effective campaign on behalf of current and future armed forces in Scotland. Angus does talk military language almost as fluently as he does English & German and cuts a martial figure in trews and…

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