Stabbing them in the back
THE Black Watch yesterday began the move north towards Baghdad that will take them into one of the most dangerous areas of Iraq, uncertain of whether those who make it home will still have a regiment to call their own.
For the soldiers who have been asked to take on the insurgents in the notorious Sunni Triangle, the only certainty is that they face a torrid couple of months. After that, thanks to the government's plans to cut the size of the army and create one Scottish super regiment, their future is up in the air.
And yesterday Tony Blair, the Prime Minister, could only add to the misery of the Scottish regiments by offering vague assurances that a final decision had not been taken on their future, then apparently backtracking for all he was worth.
Typical Tony - if he told me it was raining I wouldn't bother with an umbrella - as a regiment goes into harms way and shows the importance of the Regimental spirit Nulabour proposes to destroy all that in the spirit of modernisation - they don't even wait for the action to end before betraying them.