Jock Div must lose 2 Battalions

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  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  1. Cutting battalions anywhere else does not make sense. Currently 5 out of the 7 worst manned Battalions in the Army come from Scotland. They cannot sustain 5 Battalions and if only 1 is cut the rest of the Army will have to continue to back fill them (or keep recruiting from the Commonwealth). Other Divisions which are much better recruited, Kings Div for instance, look like losing two battalions, whilst they can easily sustain 5 or more. Surely such blatant political fiddling cannot be allowed to happen?
  2. Yes it can. Remember:

    Bliar et al need votes North of the border.
    Kings Div AO is pretty much solid Labour in the urban areas. Therefore no need to pander to them.
    'We' voted Labour in in the first place.
    There is no money left. We cannot afford the arms plot anymore.
    TCH's speech to RUSI - 'there are no sacred cows'. CGS agrees. This is the new realism. Take the pain to retain some decent capability. Or face the prospect of becoming a Euro Peace Keeping Corps thing.

    Who's making the most noise. The Regiments? Or lots of passed over Lt Cols/Cols and ROs? Get over it, things change, as must the Army.