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SNP Business Convener Derek Mackay has commented on the significance of the upcoming 78th SNP Conference in Perth, which runs for four days from Thursday 18 October.

On the day that the draft agenda is being issued to party members, Mr Mackay said:

“The countdown to the historic vote on our nation’s future has begun.

“Over four days at Conference in Perth we will put forward the case for Scotland gaining equality and responsibility in the modern world.

“United around the one basic truth that the people best placed to make decisions on Scotland’s future are those who care most about Scotland, and that is all the people who live here, conference will focus on discussing delivering the progress our nation needs to make the most of its potential which will allow all of our citizens a better, fairer future.

“This conference is the first of a series of five SNP policy-making events to shape the policy choices ahead of the publication of the Scottish Government White Paper on Independence in November 2013.

“We begin in October with substantive debates on welfare, climate justice and defence (including the party’s position on NATO) in an independent Scotland.  With these and future debates, we will set out the SNP's vision for our nation as it takes responsibility for its own future.”

 

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# bringiton 2012-07-17 09:54
Others have mentioned it before but it is very important that the matter of a future constitution is considered if for no other reason than preventing a possible future Scottish Labour government from returning us to rule by their London masters.
I for one would be very unhappy at the prospect of having gained our independence just to have it given away by self serving politicians.
 
 
# 357ms 2012-07-17 11:18
Thought I'd kick in some resources to help your debate.

This from the current NATO Strategic Concept:

nato.int/.../...

"17. Deterrence, based on an appropriate mix of nuclear and conventional capabilities, remains a core element of our overall strategy. The circumstances in which any use of nuclear weapons might have to be contemplated are extremely remote. As long as nuclear weapons exist, NATO will remain a nuclear alliance. "
 
 
# Roll_On_2011 2012-07-18 09:28
357ms

Thought I'd kick in some resources to help your debate.

This from the current NATO Strategic Concept:

nato.int/.../...

"17. Deterrence, based on an appropriate mix of nuclear and conventional capabilities, remains a core element of our overall strategy. The circumstances in which any use of nuclear weapons might have to be contemplated are extremely remote. As long as nuclear weapons exist, NATO will remain a nuclear alliance. "


Aye 357ms. I will give you some help.

NATO Member Countries

nato.int/.../...

NATO currently has 28 independent member Countries. Correct me if I am wrong, only 2 have Nuclear Weapons capability UK and the USA. Not much of a mix there.

Even the UK Nuclear capability is questionable post 2014.

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# 357ms 2012-07-18 10:48
Quoting Roll_On_2011:
Correct me if I am wrong, only 2 have Nuclear Weapons capability UK and the USA. Not much of a mix there.

Even the UK Nuclear capability is questionable post 2014.


You are wrong.

France.

Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Turkey not only host US nuclear weapons at air bases, but provide aircraft and train their pilots to deliver them.

What's happening in 2014, other than your referendum failing? (If it's held at all.)
 
 
# clootie 2012-07-17 14:41
Is the venue large enough :D

I'm fed up with overspill cinemas (a nice problem to have compared to the other parties eh!)
 

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