A few months ago I took part in a debate on Trident. I support government policy on this. One of the speakers on the opposing side was the defence spokesman (and Westminster leader) of the Scottish National Party, Angus Robertson. The SNP wants an independent Scotland to withdraw from Nato. Last November the Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, wrote to representatives of all state signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, soliciting support for Scotland to be given observer status at future NPT negotiations. So we can assume that the foreign and security policy of an independent Scotland would be decided in consultation with the rulers of Iran, Burma and Zimbabwe. I said in the debate that the Entertainments Officer & Bar Manager of the Premillennial Dispensationalist Exclusive Brethren would have fewer problems of intellectual consistency than the defence spokesman of the Scottish National Party.
The Scotsman reports today:
IRAN sought to ally itself with Scotland last night, praising Alex Salmond's administration for its anti-war stance and suggesting Tehran has more in common with Holyrood than Westminster. Rasoul Movahedian, the ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran, told The Scotsman that Scotland and Iran shared "similar views" on many issues, such as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and nuclear non-proliferation.
And he said there was "fertile ground" for a stronger relationship with the controversial government of Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
"I think that Iran and Scotland enjoy similar views on many regional and international topics and issues," he said. "The views and the position of this present government of Scotland pleased many people in Iran and enabled us to make a distinction between Scotland and England.