I am a retired schoolteacher and education officer and presently am involved as a volunteer in the nuclear disarmament movement via Trident Ploughshares, Nukewatch and Scottish CND. I have long recognised that the reality of weapons of mass destruction is but one of the presenting symptoms of what is agley across the planet. For me the prompt to play a part for a fully human take on security was noting that even in progressive circles in Scotland there is a tendency to exclusively equate security with conventional military defence and nothing else. Yet we have a great cultural tradition for something much more grounded, holistic and inclusive - the vision of a better and fairer Scotland that could contribute to the world with compassionate values and actions. Hamish Henderson had it:
Broken faimlies in lands we’ve herriet
Will curse Scotland the Brave nae mair, nae mair;
Black and white, ane til ither mairriet
Mak the vile barracks o their maisters bare
So come all ye at hame wi Freedom,
Never heed whit the hoodies croak for doom
In your hoose a' the bairns o Adam
Can find breid, barley-bree and painted room.
Secure Scotland can do good work towards that vision. We can educate, inform, develop and engage in a Scotland-wide dialogue around notions of security and what that means for individuals and communities and we can pursue wider engagement and network building between agencies concerned with all aspects of human security.