I asked a couple of days ago if anyone from the SNP could explain to me the completely incongruous stance of Alex (the spiv) Salmond. He supported the release of mass murderer Mr. al – Megrahi the Lockerbie Bomber and now declares that had another mass murderer Thomas Hamilton the Dunblane killer survived he would never have been released by the SNP Govt. A rather grubby position, I said then and I repeat it now; he reacted to a surprise question with an answer which he assumed would be populist; that is his character; no cheap shot; no stunt or sham is low enough for this man not to use it if he sees an advantage.
He has now broken cover with a blatant and appalling distortion to excuse his Janus faced statement; he claims now to have made that statement because Mr. Hamilton would not pass the “first principle” of Scottish Prison Service guidance for release on compassionate grounds that - the offender’s release – should not create the risk of re-offending or endanger public safety. That is simply a cop out; he was asked if he would release Hamilton if like Megrahi he met the correct criteria; would he be treated the same; with an intuitive display of rat like cunning he immediately saw the danger of saying Hamilton should be released like Megrahi; Salmond (the spiv) reverted to type the deceitful populist politician dodged the truth.
He; the (spiv) Salmond is trying to get us to let him away with this nonsense. Has he; as his answer suggests the medical knowledge; the psychiatric training; the expertise in criminology to make such a decision? Did he agree to Megrahi’s release because of his vast knowledge of cancer? Would he know how long a man would have to live in Megrahi’s circumstances? No of course he wouldn’t; he accepted the word of the experts and rightly supported the release. Notwithstanding the fact that he should never have been released out of the country it was right to release him.
Two things are now happening; Salmond believes that he can get away with anything; hence the egotism which leads to the adoption of such a crude position and the greater conceit of trying to brazen it out. He also shows himself to be a coward because; if you support the compassionate release of a prisoner based on decisions taken by those who have the experience and proficiency in such matters then; if you have any integrity and honour that should remain your position you can’t pick and mix for your own shameful political advantage.
Let me ask this serious question again, imagine two prisoners; both mass murderers; both incurably ill and both close to death; neither is considered a re-offending risk nor do they represent a danger to the public. Is it the case Mr. Salmond that you would support the release of both using the criteria which you supported in the case of the Lockerbie Bomber or would one be denied release by you if you considered that person’s release to be politically damaging to you. If Mr. Hamilton had survived and later presented with identical circumstances as those in al- Megrahi’s case would you support release and if not why not.