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The Dinwoodie Interview

Keith Brown

YOU MAY think that, as the SNP grapples over a route map to independence should Westminster keep refusing to sanction a second referendum, the role of deputy party leader and chief flak-catcher for Nicola Sturgeon would be stressful.

There again, Keith Brown lost his father while still at primary school, fought one of the fiercest battles of the Falklands War when barely out of his teens, took over the notoriously tough transport brief as a Holyrood Minister, and has salsa danced with his partner and fellow MSP Christina McKelvie. All of that suggests he’s made of the right stuff.

One of the defining things about Brown is what he did between his late teens and early twenties. He went to war. Not Nintendo pilots half a world from the action but boots on the ground and fellow marines dying. I can barely imagine his experience yomping 50 miles across the boggy mainland of the Falklands. I covered that war as a defence correspondent based in Whitehall. Brown did it as a commando fighting his way ashore at San Carlos and yomping with a heavy radio on his back to the big battle to capture Two Sisters mountain, the commanding heights above Port Stanley.

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