“Scots, wha hae wi’ Wallace bled,
Scots, wham Bruce has aften led;
Welcome to your gory bed,
Or to victory!
Now’s the day, and now’s the hour;
See the front o’ battle lour;
See approach proud Edward’s power—
Chains and slavery!
Wha will be a traitor knave?
Wha can fill a coward’s grave!
Wha sae base as be a slave?
Let him turn and flee!
Wha for Scotland’s king and law
Freedom’s sword will strongly draw,
Freeman stand, or freeman fa’,
Let him follow me!
By oppression’s woes and pains!
By your sons in servile chains!
We will drain our dearest veins,
But they shall be free!
Lay the proud usurpers low!
Tyrants fall in every foe!
Liberty’s in every blow!—
Let us do or die!”
“English battalions are set to bear the brunt of cuts because “politics” means the Government won’t touch troops in Scotland, the former head of the army has said.
General Lord Richard Dannatt, the former Chief of the General Staff, has hit out at the reduction in troops set to take place over the next decade as part of the integrated defence review.
Plans being considered are looking to reduce the army by nearly 10,000 troops, cutting the number of full-time posts from 82,000 to 72,500.
However, Lord Dannatt told The Telegraph it was inevitable that to achieve that reduced figure the Ministry of Defence is “going to have to get rid of four English battalions”, despite the “low” operational capability of Scottish battalions.
“The politics overrides the logic,” he said.
“For the last two defence reviews Scottish battalions should have been disbanded but politically that’s not acceptable.”
He added that with “Ms Sturgeon rampant north of the Border and the Union under threat” there was no chance Westminster would “touch Scottish battalions”.
“At the very least one Scottish battalion should go to show equity across the country,” he said.
“Don’t take four English battalions and no Scots battalions when everyone knows the Scots battalions are undermanned.”” Telegraph
Battalion? We are talking about battalions?
“72,500.” Really? Really?
Gonna whip their weight in wildcats? Well, they had better.
This is not a real army. Why not just admit that the British Army is an adornment rather than a strategic force? At this level of manning, or womanning, if you prefer, it is not really possible to make a serious contribution to an overseas expeditionary effort.
The Royal Marines have about 7500 people. That would make about 80,000 but that is not fighting force numbers. That would be a lot fewer.
I love history but this is not the British Army of old. This is a tourist attraction in which the Household troops are the major feature. pl
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