Discussing the release of the Lockerbie bomber, devolution came up and Peter said he didn’t really get it. So I explained the general points to him and his response was, “What the hell, how does that work?” Exactly.

Telegraph – Lockerbie bomber: The SNP cosying up to Libya has shamed my nation<br/> Few Scots wanted to be the toast of Tripoli for releasing Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber, says Brian Wilson.

Nationalists crave to be noticed on the international stage by whatever means. And this week, they succeeded. Rarely can so many decent Scottish stomachs have turned than at the sight of the Saltire being flourished in Tripoli as a centre-piece of the repulsive celebrations to welcome home the mass murderer Megrahi, courtesy of the SNP.

For the Nationalists’ own fundamentalists, however, any short-term embarrassment – though they might have under-estimated this one – is a price worth paying for the bigger prize of having acted separately and alone in a major international set-piece…

But you only had to listen to MacAskill to understand the perspective from which he was operating, and it owed little to either the rights of the victims or the finer points of Scots law. He seemed to regard each question as a challenge to maximise use of the word “Scottish” in the answers. Scottish values, Scottish justice, Scottish compassion, Scottish way of doing things… To which he might have added Scottish naivety, Scottish shame…

“The Scots are a compassionate people,” trumpeted MacAskill, in yet another crass generalisation intended to announce to the puzzled world: “We are different. We are better.” But there are quite a few problems in hiding behind the mantle of compassion. For starters, and as with any other people, it is only partly true. A nation with the highest murder rate in Europe is not universally compassionate.

And, finally:

While the Nationalists revelled in their day in the spotlight, it should also have occurred to the architects of devolution that they have a great deal to answer for when the British Government is effectively silenced over an issue that is crucial to its standing in the world and any claim to moral leadership on issues of terrorism…

The only positive result to come out of this affair is that the whole of Scotland has been confronted with the consequences of separatist diplomacy. Very few of us wanted to be the toast of Tripoli. That is a message that we now want to share with the world. Not in our name, Mr MacAskill.


Incidentally, I didn’t even realize the guy had only been sentenced in 2001. So think of the freshness of 9/11, and that’s how long he’s been in jail. Funny.