According to my postbag many SNP members are uneasy at the suggestion that a post independence Scotland should be a member of Nato. I myself am against it.
However there are many in the country who favour it, albeit without the submarines on the Clyde and the stored bombs in Glen Douglas. All these must go.
By throwing Nato membership open to debate the SNP have shown that they are truly attempting to speak for all Scotland. The matter will not be decided until after the general election in 2015. An informed debate this year will be an opener for a prolonged discussion. This is an act of political responsibility.
Moreover it is an astute political move. Those who bother are either fervently for or equally strongly against. This conference will take the headlines of the UK press. The reshuffle of the cabinet, the Scottish cabinet, leads today’s Telegraph (6/09/12) and not in an entirely hostile fashion either. NATO and the SNP will dominate political discussion
Whichever side wins the Nato debate it is a winner for the SNP.