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The Tartan Army

In 1972,  two Scots,  Donald Curie and Gerard McGuigan,  decided to force the Conservative party to honour its "promise" made in the "Declaration of Perth", and introduce into the British Parliament the promised Green Paper, which would only discuss Home Rule for Scotland. Succeeding far beyond their plans and expectations, their bombs forced the Government to produce a firm proposal, [a White Paper], to restore Scotland's Parliament;  the oldest in Europe.  A referendum was held and a new Parliament House was built in that magnificent European capital city of Edinburgh. The "army" scared the Government, ["I find this man very disturbing ", said Margaret Thatcher in the House of Commons, after watching McGuigan on T. V. ],  into thinking it had another Northern Ireland on its hands and this time on its doorstep. The S. A. S was told to catch them;  they failed and "the biggest manhunt since the second world war" had begun.  Scotland's chief civil servant was jailed for seven years;  the U. S. A. afraid that the Soviet Union was going to back an uprising by four prominent Scots soldiers, laid plans to buy up all the land on both sides of the Caledonian Canal and turn it into a Tartan Panama canal as a safe passage for oil from the North Sea to the Atlantic.  A C. I. A.  agent sympathetic to their cause kept them informed. Another C. I. A.  agent, a prominent member of the Scottish National Party,  broke into the party's headquarters and photographed the membership files. Meanwhile the British Prime Minister was under investigation by the British secret service, suspected of being a Soviet agent. He resigned without warning or reason.  A prominent lawyer,  a former member of the British secret service, who set up a shadow Tartan Army, was murdered. The book tells the true story of Feachd nam Breacan, [The Tartan Army], first established in 1715 and how the Scottish football supporters got their name. A tale which starts with the theft of the 600 year old Wallace Sword, and ends in betrayal by a member of the S. N. P. ; a Gilbert and Sullivan trial at the High Court complete with wigs, laughs, lies and planted evidence. With out the Tartan Army there would have been no fair allocation of broadcasting time no White Paper, no referendum for Scotland or Wales and no new Parliament building. The giant fiddler of the A. P. G. , the Special Branch of the Irish Republic, the Knights Templar, Robertson of Stone of Destiny infamy and others, [who blasted Edinburgh Castle in 1971?], have their place in this exciting and sometimes hilarious story of bravery cowardice and treachery. When the election "promise" of Ted Heath and his Scotch manques turned out to be only an election promise, two Scots turned to the bomb and within three days of their first bomb, achieved what millions of words, meetings and argument had failed to achieve. If you have read Douglas Hurd's "Scotch On The Rocks", or " Britain's Secret War" you will want to read this, because this is for real.  Fear was the key. The lies failed. The bomb triumphed. 

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