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Oliver Brown

The real romance of the ‘45 was not the charm of the Prince but the morality of a people who were not tempted by the £30,000 which any of them could have claimed for betraying him. The statue at Glenfinnan is not to honour Prince Charlie - but the men who fought and died for him - how glad I was to discover that fact!

"Mild measures will not do. All the good we have done is a little bloodletting, the madness, but not at all cured it, and I tremble to fear that this vile spot may still be the ruin of this islands and our family." Such was the opinion of the Duke of Cumberland (the Butcher) in a letter to the Duke of Newcastle (July 1746). Fort Augustus is called after him.

Will we ever see a "Hitler Square" in Tel Aviv?

Major (later General) Wolfe is remembered as the humane Englishman who refused to pistol a wounded Highlander. He is the man who wrote to his friend, Captain Rickson: "I should think that two or three independent Highland Companies might be of use; they are hardy, intrepid, accustomed to rough country, and no great mischief if they fall. How can you better employ a secret enemy than by making his end conducive to the common good?"

After the ‘45 anyone wearing the kilt was sentenced to six mouths in prison and for a second offence to seven years’ hard labour on a slave plantation. The English did not inflict on the kilt the worst injury; they did not wear it themselves.

The possession of a bagpipe was punishable by death.

All that of course is long past. Why bother to remind ourselves of it? Because people with the same mentality still rule us.

Sir Christopher Hinton, managing director of the Industry Group of the UK Atomic Energy Authority stated * (Bulletin 5/1/55) "Only the fact it was considered there was a remote risk had influenced the Authority to choose a remote site like Dounreay."

That is why the Holy Loch and the Gareloch were chosen as centres for atomic weapons. "No great mischief if they fall." In this case only the direction is reversed.

*(This is probably The Bulletin formerly published
by the Outram Group in Glasgow.)



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