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Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Lockerbie - the political fall-out

Today, the Scottish Parliament debated the decision to release the convicted Lockerbie bomber Al-Megrahi on August 20th. MSPs were critical of the way the Scottish Government had handled the situation. A vote was taken on the issue at 5 o'clock this evening, and the government were defeated by 73 votes to 50, with one abstention. There will be no vote of no-confidence in the Scottish Government.

The focus of attention is now moving south of the border to the UK government. Prime Minister Gordon Brown is firmly in the spotlight, with revelations that he is reported to have said that he didn't want Megrahi to die in jail.

Although I dislike the SNP administration in Edinburgh, I support their decision to free Megrahi, as I believe it was taken for the right reasons. I feel it is disingenuous of the UK government not to fully brief the Scottish Government of the whole state of affairs surrounding Libya - but then, there is no love lost between Labour and the SNP. As I disapprove of this issue being turned into a political football, I am not going to devote any more posts to it.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks Guedo, For your comments on that affair. It won't matter how often or how many statements are made to the truth of the matter people will only believe what they want to believe...(we just have to look at the reasons given for invading Iraq in the first place how many still believe it was because if Sadam or weapons of mass destructon!)
    I will be away now from tomorrow till 15th. Keep up the good work of keeping us all informed.
    Love Sybil x

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  2. Maybe I've been in the sun too much today but you lost me on this one. They've already released him so why did they vote? I've heard rumblings about oil being the reason he was released.

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