I hadn't heard that the British (Labour) Government had decided to take all of the Scottish military regiments and mash them all together into one great big Royal Regiment of Scotland. Each of the remaining regiments (the Black Watch, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, etc.) are going to lose their individual identities and become battalions of the RRS. This shows a real disregard for what these regiments had meant to the people of Scotland and to their fighting men and women. To add insult to injury, the King's Own Scottish Borderers, a lowland regiment who did not wear the kilt (they wore tartan trews), will be merged with the Royal Scots and become a kilted battalion of the RRS. Evidently, they've decided to take it to court, since the Borderers were a regiment raised by the government of Scotland. I hope they win.
This reminds me of the issue a few years ago when someone in the government decreed that everyone in the Army would wear a beret, an honor previously reserved to Special Forces.
I know, who gives a rat's ass? Well, I do.
Here's a link to the Royal Regiment of Scotland: http://www.royalregimentofscotland.org.uk/