BRITAIN is to host next year's Nato summit - possibly just weeks before the independence referendum.
Unionists will doubtless see this as an another opportunity to strike one of those "crushing blows" against Scotland's independence campaign which, curiously, never seem to have any effect on Yes campaigners or any impact on support for a Yes vote. I note that already one of the more seriously delusional British nationalist fanatics who haunt this place is making the ludicrous prediction that holding the Nato conference in Scotland will have the "inevitable consequence of yet more SNP MSPs resigning from the party". Utter nonsense, of course.
Personally, I would welcome the Nato conference coming to Scotland. Just as I would welcome any debate that might be had on Scotland's post-independence relationship with the alliance. I have not the slightest doubt that such a debate would serve only to further expose the UK Government's increasingly shrill scare-mongering on the matter. Those who are opposed to Scotland's membership of Nato would have an chance to make their views known. At the same time, the anticipated conciliatory - or, at least, non-committal - tone of any Nato response to the UK Government's anti-Scottish lobbying would provide reassurance for those who take the view that conditional membership of Nato is in Scotland's best interests.
Most importantly, what would be highlighted by the event would be the fact that the decision on Scotland's relationship with Nato must be taken in Scotland by a government elected by the people of of Scotland. And the only way this can happen is if we vote Yes in next years' referendum.