24 Feb '13, 1pm
Tech Talk - Thoughts On the Precautionary Principle
As Michael Brander tells it in his book on the Scottish Highland Regiments , the Scottish Highlands produced, between 1740 and 1815, men for some 86 Highland Regiments who travelled around the world to strengthen the British Empire. But towards the end of that period, sheep were introduced into Scotland and the great land clearances began that replaced the crofters on the estates with the occasional lone shepherd and his flocks. Thus, by the time of the Crimean War when the Duke of Sutherland tried to raise a regiment, he got no volunteers. As an old man explained to him: I am sorry for the response your Grace’s proposals are meeting here today, so near the spot where your maternal grand-mother, by giving some forty-eight hours notice, marshaled 1,500 men to pick out the 800 she required. But there is a cause for it, and a genuine cause, and, as your Grace demands to know ...