Another example of Brittain going down the tubes because of stupid European laws .No doubt they will be getting all sorts of benefits and housing F.O.C .Wouldn't be allowed to happen in the likes of Australia or the States .
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Also too busy destroying our heritage ,
DEFENCE Secretary Philip Hammond sparked a furious row yesterday after revealing the names of historic Scots regiments could be axed within two years.
The Tory minister came under fire from Labour, the SNP and his own party over the plans — part of massive defence cuts — which will also see the loss of at least one of our battalions.
The names of the Black Watch, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and the Royal Highland Fusiliers would all be lost by 2014 under the proposals.
They’d be known as 3 Scots, 5 Scots and 2 Scots.
Mr Hammond said that their full titles had fallen out of use since Army reforms in 2006.
And he insisted Army units no longer all have the strong geographical ties for recruitment as they once did.
He said: “The ancient cap badges have largely gone, they are attached in brackets to some unit names.”
But SNP defence spokesman Angus Robertson MP called the plans an “intolerable betrayal”.
He said: “It brings into focus the shocking decline of Scottish recruited units and starkly exposes the extent to which the UK Government is running down Scotland’s defence capabilities.”
Labour defence spokesman Jim Murphy accused Mr Hammond of “dismissing history”.
He said: “Defence is about more than inputs, outputs and spreadsheets. It is also about people, tradition and pride.
“Philip Hammond seems either oblivious or uncaring about the historic ties that many communities have to Army units and vice versa.”
It is thought the Highlanders (4 Scots) and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders are the most likely battalions to be abolished, with a decision due later this month.
The warning comes amid swingeing cuts which will see Army numbers slashed from 102,000 to 82,000 by 2022.
Mr Hammond said: “Clearly the Army can’t get smaller by 17 per cent without losing some units. I can’t say there will be no loss of battalions in the infantry as we downsize the Army. We are looking at the options.”
Mid Scotland and Fife Tory MSP Murdo Fraser said: “It was only recently that the Black Watch regiment was merged to become the 3rd Battalion in the Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 Scots).
“At the time, promises were made to the Black Watch that they would keep their own identity, including the red hackle, and maintain their historic name. These proposals will be viewed with dismay.”
Lt Col Sir Andrew Ogilvy-Wedderburn, former commanding officer of the Black Watch, said the loss of the names would be a “tragedy”.
He said: “It is a nonsense to suggest there is no geographical connection with the Scots battalions.
“People turned out in droves to see the Black Watch parade when they recently returned from Afghanistan.”
A Ministry of Defence spokesman insisted last night that the review was “ongoing”.
The Black Watch
CREATED in the wake of the 1715 Jacobite rebellion to keep the peace in the strife-torn Highlands.
Its troops first fought at the Battle of Fontenoy in 1745.
The unit’s famous red hackles were worn on soldiers’ caps from 1759.
The Black Watch was the last British military unit to withdraw from Hong Kong in 1997.
Its heroes are currently preparing to deploy again to Afghanistan.
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
THE long-standing regiment — based in Canterbury, Kent — is an air assault infantry.
It was formed in 1881 with the amalgamation of the 91st Argyll Highlanders and the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders.
Royal Highland Fusiliers
ROOTS lie in the 1678 formation of the Royal Scots Fusiliers, the 21st.
Regiment was formed in 1959 with the merger of the 21st and Highland Light Infantry.
Completed a second tour of Afghanistan last May.
NEIL GRIFFITHS, The Royal British Legion Scotland said,
THIS is the first Cabinet for a generation that hasn’t got anyone who has been in the Army.
They don’t seem to understand the strength of the regimental system.
People are proud of their regiment — that’s why it’s worked so well for the past 200 years.
This is a clear case of a civilian trying to organise the Army. The savings are miniscule but the loss is enormous.