British Army sent into Scotland to help deliver vaccine!

At times like this, The British Broadcasting Corporation likes to remind British subjects, living in Scotlandshire, of what they owe to ‘our boys.’

Telling the same story, the Herald, to be fair, called them ‘The Army.’

No doubt, I’ll be accused of over-reacting. Choosing to refer to them as the ‘British Army‘ as you would if they were in Afghanistan as opposed to Alford, doesn’t mean anything, does it?

Researchers have shown that our unconscious makes decisions before our consciousness can think and that it then often rationalises the choices retrospectively. So, calling it the ‘British Army‘ when it operates in Scotland reveals a mindset where you, on a deeper level, feel that viewers might need to be reminded of what Britain does for them, rather than what we might be doing for ourselves.

The soldiers are, you see, ‘Scottish’ too. They’re in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards based in Fife.

A news editor, with a different mindset, might have written:

‘Scottish soldiers are to help…’

‘Soldiers from Fife….’

‘The Army…..’

but they didn’t.

Go on, tell me, it was a one-off, casual, meaningless thing?

Mind you, I suppose we don’t want viewers thinking they might be from the ‘French Army’, after they had to send us help to find that Russian submarine in Scottish waters.

15 thoughts on “British Army sent into Scotland to help deliver vaccine!

  1. Wolfe wrote five years after participating in the slaughter of Highland Scots at Culloden in 1746, in which he envisages the vanquished Highlanders becoming useful auxiliaries in battling the Wabanaki Confederacy in Nova Scotia: “I should imagine that two or three independent Highland companies might be of use; they are hardy, intrepid, accustomed to a rough country, and no great mischief if they fall”

    That British Army!! “…and no great mischief should they fall”. Sums up this Union.

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  2. “No doubt, I’ll be accused of over-reacting” – Only by those whose pscyho game is herein exposed.

    No country that I’m aware of ever refers to it’s own army by national tag, even in Iraq2 under occupation when referring to “the Army” nobody thought that might possibly mean the Iranian National Guard.

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    1. In NI, Bob, the army, drawn from across the UK, was routinely referred to by those opposing its actions, by political and armed means, as the British Army. It is still referred to in such terms.


  3. And £ ( soon to be pretty worthless) to a penny and in all probability whose senior commander is English with most of his officers of similar
    But no doubt the real guys who make the whole unit tick i.e. warrant officers and sergeant majors are Jocks.


  4. The Army is up to its oxters helping with various covid interventions throughout the uk, only in Scotland though is the intervention deemed necessary due to a failure of the SG or the health service.

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  5. I’m reminded of doing a street stall a few years ago. I was chatting to some of the guys on the army recruiting stall who were also there. One soldier said that he couldn’t really talk about politics or independence while on duty, then flashed me his SNP membership card.

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  6. Ah but their silence on the ROARING successes of The Army in Afghanistan and Iraq is for them is indeed not only Golden but
    Nessicarily so convenient because of abject total mission failure and disastrous consequences, far less the needless loss of not only life but limbs etc.
    But these days are over now as China can now face down Capitalist Western Imperialism and curtail in a serious manner their adventures in the future


    1. Indeed! There is limited profile accorded to critiques of the British Army’s leadership prowess over recent decades. I only recently came across the writing of Frank Ledwidge, a barrister and former military officer who served in the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan.

      He is the author of the book ‘Losing Small Wars’ (Yale 2011) . I came across this summary:

      “Partly on the strength of their apparent success in insurgencies such as Malaya and Northern Ireland, the British armed forces have long been perceived as world class, if not world-beating.

      “However, their recent performance in Iraq and Afghanistan is widely seen as – at best – disappointing; under British control, Basra degenerated into a lawless city riven with internecine violence, while tactical mistakes and strategic incompetence in Helmand province resulted in heavy civilian and military casualties and a climate of violence and insecurity. In both cases the British were eventually and humiliatingly bailed out by the US army.

      “In this thoughtful and compellingly readable book, Frank Ledwidge examines the British involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking how and why it went so wrong. With the aid of copious research, interviews with senior officers and his own personal experiences, he looks in detail at the failures of strategic thinking and culture that led to defeat in Britain’s latest ‘small wars’. This is an eye-opening analysis of the causes of military failure, and its enormous costs.”


      In the New Statesman (24 August, 2011), the reviewer of the book (a former UK ambassador to Afghanistan) notes: “Ledwidge explains in unsparing terms what a mess the British army made of Basra, and how our initial hubris – believing that Britons do counter-insurgency better than the Americans – met its nemesis …”

      What is that old phrase about brave lions and donkeys?

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  7. I see at lunch time the BBC Scotland news had stopped referring to the “British” Army and named the two regiments. Clearly they do pay attention to some extent to Talking-up Scotland. Good!

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    1. However , the STV news at 6pm referred to the British Army being brought in to help a ”perceived” slow rate of vaccinations in Scotland .

      Who , apart from the usual unionist suspects , is showing concern that the rate is not fast enough ?
      Not to outdone by the BBC , STV also scoured the country to find an eighty year old couple who had not yet been contacted about their jag !
      The fact that the emphasis is on Care Home residents was not included in this report .


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