It should be uncontroversial for the First Minister, whoever it is, to be selling Scotland’s many advantages and now there is clearly no majority appetite for an independence referendum any time soon, perhaps the SNP leadership accepts the job should be to make current arrangements work more effectively.
But some things don’t change, and despite delivering a speech to Washington’s prestigious Brookings Institution which emphasised the SNP’s commitment to Nato, there was no rolling back on Ms Sturgeon’s commitment to disrupt the alliance’s nuclear shield, of which the Faslane Trident submarine base on the Clyde is a key component, should Scotland ever become independent.
It is true that Finland and Sweden are non-nuclear states now seeking protection under the nuclear umbrella, but their membership of Nato will not begin by telling its commanders where they can base the deterrent.
Sticking to long-held principle is one thing, but forcing the closure of nuclear submarine facilities would be a unique way to start membership of a nuclear alliance, especially as only a fifth of Scottish voters in a recent poll supported Trident’s removal.
But perhaps evicting Trident, like independence itself, is something the First Minister has come to realise she will never deliver. Speaking at Brookings, however, will have done her own future no harm.