security & defence
by Andrew Neal, Principal Convenor of the ESRC seminar series 'Security in Scotland, with or without constitutional change'.
The Scottish Parliament – or perhaps more accurately the Scottish Parliament Building – is a complex proposition. From the outside it is confusingly angular and difficult to grasp: it vexes and perplexes in equal measure. Once inside, however, and with friendly parliament staff on hand to clarify its structural nuances and hidden historical meanings, the Parliament begins to make sense. Through its architecture, art, symbols and substance the Scottish Parliament exists – like all good parliaments should - to represent the voices and character of its people.
Writing in the Herald, Dr Colin Fleming explores the defence capacity of an independent Scotland in light of the report issued by Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Hammond which suggests security risks for Scotland.