There can be no place for bigoted extremists in Scotland’s military.

But our investigation reveals some are slipping through the net.

All sections of society are vulnerable and the Armed Forces are a prize for the far-right. Islamaphobes such as For ­Britain’s Anne Marie Waters make no secret of appealing to veterans.

They rely on the structures, symbolism and recruitment strategies to find a way in. Experts warn some are particularly exposed, like those who feel they were used by the state then cast aside.

There have already been high-profile scandals such as the conviction of Lance Corporal Mikko Vehvilainen, a white supremacist jailed for eight years.

The overwhelming majority of serving personnel will want nothing to do with fringe fanatics that prey on people’s grievances this way.

This country’s military are there to protect and defend the nation, not act as a wedge to further divide us.

Any serving and former personnel tempted to buy into the hatred espoused by the far-right should think again.

The Armed Forces have served our country with distinction in our hour of need. Servicemen and women stand ready to put their lives on the line for their country.

But they must be on their guard against the bigots and extremists who create division in our society.

Priceless work

Everyone knows Scotland’s unpaid carers deserve better.

And now a report by Oxfam has put a figure on it. At £36billion, the monetary value of care will come as a shock.

To put it in perspective, that is nearly four times the gross value added in ­Scotland by the oil and gas sector.

In that context, set against a totemic Scottish industry, selfless carers are being badly let down.

Many are in poverty themselves. They often do the work the state fails to.

Expect a rash of reports like this as Scotland’s politicians turn their attention to this year’s Budget.

But few will be as deserving as the unsung carers who look after those who need help most.

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Tightest pockets

Notoriously penny-pinching Rod Stewart charged Britt Ekland rent when they dated in the 70s.

He even borrowed her underwear, although the actress didn’t say if that was to save cash.

And it won’t come as a shock to those who knew him for being as tight as two coats of paint.