DIARY: Whittet leads Scottish Nuclear tartan army

After years of fighting to retain its independence from Nuclear Electric, Scottish Nuclear is finally to succumb to the inevitable. Next monthsees the two companies folded into British Energy in preparation for privatisation.

After years of fighting to retain its independence from Nuclear

Electric, Scottish Nuclear is finally to succumb to the inevitable. Next

monthsees the two companies folded into British Energy in preparation

for privatisation.



The Scots spirit, however, remains unbowed. Scottish Nuclear is

determined to keep its separate identity and has even commissioned its

own tartan in its corporate colours of red and blue.



Tartan was such a powerful symbol of clan loyalty that it was rigidly

suppressed following the Jacobite rebellion. So, imagine our surprise

when we discovered this picture of Scottish Nuclear press officer Mark

Whittet addressing the Haggis at a ‘getting to know you’ session with NE

PR staff on Burns night. Whittet’s kilt is certainly not Scottish

Nuclear’s new design. Whittet, who can trace his lineage back to the

Robertson clan who fought alongside Bonny Prince Charlie at the Battle

of Culloden, explains the Scottish Nuclear tartan was not available in

time for Burns night.



As for the Robertson tartan, ‘it’s very red’, complains the ginger-

mopped Whittet, and ‘the ladies in the hire shop said the Macrae matched

my hair colour’.



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