The downgrading of Kinloss, of course, means the end of Nimrods. This will likely mean hundreds of redundancies: you can perhaps retrain a pilot, but it's pretty difficult to redeploy all these air electronics engineers who looked after the Nimrod - unless you put them on to helicopters. And what Cameron said in the House about the delays in the Nimrod renewal programme is, alas, true - it's eight years late, and has cost £3bn already. When I was growing up, we had a saying, "come the revolution and the Mark III Nimrod" - i.e. that it would never happen. It has been, literally, a joke in the RAF. Now Cameron has axed it.
Moray used to be a Tory stronghold, now it's SNP-held. Part of me wonders if this is what happens if the Tories give up on Scotland. There are other things Highlanders worry about: the end of the sleeper train to London and future of Fort George. The MP now representing my hometown of Nairn, incidentally, is one Danny Alexander. Something tells me that he won't be very popular on his next trip back up north if these services are cut away. He wanted to be able to cut the cost of fuel in rural areas, to help his constituents - then discovered that he needs to apply to the EU, and have such a move approved by all member states. Things are looking pretty grim up north. I hope they don't get worse.