So the Black Watch will be home for Christmas. Tony Blair, who retains a little of his populist touch, understands the symbolism of this promise. We will deliver these boys to their families - at least some of them - in time for our most important religious and secular festival.
No similar sensitivity is extended to the traditions of those people who will suffer most from this redeployment of "the Jocks" (why do their officers persist with that patronising term?) I am talking here about the people of Falluja, the city America is determined to crush - just as soon as those Scottish reinforcements get through.