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Security & Defence in an iScotland

Written by on 26 May 2021

This week’s Yes Spotlight

….comes courtesy of Glasgow Pensioners4Indy who invited Isobel Lindsay to speak about what advance thinking needs to be done on the possible security threats and how to defend ourselves against those. Having a nuclear arms base and a nuclear warhead store on the Clyde is one threat facing an iScotland but there are others. Think climate change, cyber attacks, pandemics….

Isobel Lindsay

….was a founding member of the cross-party Campaign for a Scottish Assembly in the early ’80s paving the way for the Constitutional Convention and, ultimately, the Scottish Parliament itself. Currently she is a member of the Scottish Independence Convention (SIC) and has written a paper on Security for their Transition Papers Project.

In her talk Isobel laid out the main security issues which will need clarified before independence. And with that clarification in place, Isobel reckons that we’ll be able to achieve a smooth transition and over a shorter time-scale after independence.


If you missed the broadcast, you can listen here:


So what are the security threats which might undermine our society?

  • climate change,
  • cyber security
  • pandemics
  • terrorist attack
  • organised crime, drug trade
  • territorial attack
    • nuclear base at Faslane Coalport is itself a threat to Scotland in terms of actual warfare, where it is a major target 
    • accidents involving nuclear arms or nuclear submarines
    • regular road transport of warheads from South of England passing through Scotland 
  • And the solution? Holyrood could establish a Secure Scotland Commission now to review how these issues can be dealt with.

For more information about SIC Transition Papers:

Read and download Isobel’s paper from the Scottish Independence Convention website. Just click on the image: