By Andrew Murray Scott
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Few could doubt however that . victory was now within the SNP's reach. Then came another two explosions - this time across the border in England and both claimed by the "TartanArmy". The first of the explosions occurred at Rockliffe in Cumbria on 4 Febru,ary 1975 when one of the towers of an SSEB pylon which carried electricity from Scotland to England was damaged. There was no interruption to the supply. Then, on 7 February, rhere was a more serious blast at an electricity pylon in a ploughed field, 1OO yards off the A598 Cornhill to Berwick Road, just half a mile inside England.
Cbarles Curran, Direaor-General of the BBC, replying to criticism tbe televising o/Scotch on the Rocks, 16 May 1973 "f IT was perhaps no surprise in view of the dramatic rise of the Scottish National Party that thrillers would be written featuring the scenario of political tension between Scotland and England: where the SNP had gained a majority of Scottish seats but were thwarted by V'estminster, leading to armed struggle. Ylhet was perhaps surprising was that such books should be written by a senior English Conservative MP, Douglas Hurd, at the time Private Secretary to Ted Heath, the Leader of the Opposition, but who later rose to become Home Secretary in Government, while another was written by no less a person than the Press Secretary of Her Majesty the Queen!
Vith the run-up to the general election already under way and the SNP highly optimistic about their chances in a number of seats, the last thing they wanted were further bomb incidents. Especially since they faced two unexpected and difficult by-elections, called for the same night, 8 November. The SNP's "k's Scotland's Oil" campaign was rightly acknowledged to be one of the major factors behind the party's dramatic success and the party was greatJy embarrassed when an explosion occurred in September at Bridge of Earn, some four miles from Perth, since the target was, for rhe first time, an oil pipeline.
Britain's Secret War: Tartan Terrorism and the Anglo-American State by Andrew Murray Scott