The squalid circus is over; Mr. Megrahi is with his family and loved ones who will comfort him as he approaches death; and Kenny MacAskill and Salmond (the spiv) are smugly contented that they wrung every ounce of publicity that they could from the whole business; at times like this you sometimes see people at their best or at their worst; on this occasion we got the latter. The decision was the right one but anyone who thinks that it was as a result of the compassion shown by MacAskill and (the spiv) Salmond is either deluding themselves or is a knuckle dragging nationalist.
I make the above points because the whole grubby charade was not necessary; IMO the Scottish Govt. are guilty of either criminal incompetence or devious scheming and manipulation to profit themselves. They have known for some time that this man was seriously ill and he was diagnosed as terminally ill a year ago; it’s not rocket science even for someone like MacAskill. A year ago this high profile prisoner had 20 years to serve and the authorities were told he has a year to live; that is when this whole issue should have been sorted out and everything prepared for when his death was imminent; Macaskill’s failure to do this is either gross neglect or sinister political manoeuvring, is Salmond (the spiv) capable of such a thing? make up your own minds; I’m sure you know my answer.
Another high profile prisoner emerged in all of this when none other than President Obama made a wretched appearance to say that he had contacted the Scottish Govt. to ask that the prisoner die in jail he described the decision to release him as a mistake; he was being mendacious as was Hillary Clinton; as was President Clinton years ago when he ordered the execution of a man with a mental age of 12 years to show his toughness to the American people. All 3 are prisoners of the American right wing media and all 3 are afraid to tell the truth, I believe that all 3 would privately agree with Megrahi’s release but the febrile nature of American politics prevents them.
The reactions of the American media and the relatives of the victims was completely predictable; these people would gladly join the firing squad; pull the electric chair switch; administer the fatal drug or assist the hangman to tighten his noose on the Libyan bomber; all 4 of which incidentally can be done in America today. They are bereft and they live in a country where revenge is a big deal; in some societies God represents mercy in theirs he represents wrath.
Not only did MacAskill manipulate the situation to blame Westminster; wasn’t that a shock? but he put on a counterfeit exhibition of pious insincerity which was cringe worthy. He said that “humanity is the defining characteristic of the Scottish people” absolute guff; humanity is world wide with no-one having a monopoly; he also said it was “viewed as a defining characteristic of Scotland and the Scottish people” more guff, he also made a rather grotesque reference to God by saying that Megrahi would answer to “a higher power” a wholly predictable exhibition in SNP deceit, showing us yet again that there are no depths to which they will not sink.
One of the best comments I’ve heard on this was from an article from a paper which I can’t remember the name of and it was quite simple it said; “if MacAskill had genuine confidence in his actions he would not have found it necessary to go on for 20 minutes explaining it” why not just say “there is provision in Scots Law to release a prisoner on compassionate grounds if the prisoner is terminally ill and likely to die within 3 months and that is what I am going to do” as I’ve said repeatedly the whole bogus farce was not necessary, once again they bring shame on all of us.