MSP com­ments ‘sim­ply un­true’

Stirling Observer - - GLORY OF AUTUMN -

I must write to ad­dress the com­ments by Mark Ruskell MSP (Oc­to­ber 16) re­gard­ing the weapons con­voys that need to travel across our road net­work. I am ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed at the rather hys­ter­i­cal and scare­mon­ger­ing tone adopted.

I am a re­tired sub­ma­rine naval of­fi­cer and served on var­i­ous ves­sels on ac­tive front line op­er­a­tions around the world. I am ap­palled that an MSP makes such ill-in­formed com­ments.

I com­pletely re­spect those who cam­paign for uni­lat­eral dis­ar­ma­ment. I dis­agree with that view but it is a prin­ci­pled dif­fer­ence of opin­ion and noth­ing to do with rais­ing spu­ri­ous safety con­cerns about trans­porta­tion. The safety and se­cu­rity of these weapons is given the ab­so­lute high­est pri­or­ity. To say that these con­voys “pose a risk”is quite sim­ply un­true and is rather in­sult­ing to those civil­ian and ser­vice per­son­nel whose re­spon­si­bil­ity it is to en­sure our de­ter­rents are safely stored and moved.

Coun­cil­lor Bryan Flan­na­gan, Stir­ling East

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.