THERE seems to be a widespread perception south of the Border that independence for Scotland is a purely Scottish affair and has nothing to do with England. But, among the many questions that independence raises, the fate of the British nuclear deterrent should give pause for thought.
The Ministry of Defence is getting worried, hence the suggestion that Faslane might be made a British sovereign territory, protected from the SNP’s avowed intent to rid Scotland of nuclear weapons for good.
This should be an opportunity for rational debate about nuclear defence, asking ourselves whether it is really necessary or desirable for our small island, but instead politicians are trotting out the usual mantra that we need weapons of mass destruction while denying them to others.
There any many countries rather larger than the UK that manage their defence needs more than adequately without such a deterrent. Why not us?
Nuclear debate? No chance.