For those of you itching to return to the days when the Scottish Roundup never included any blogs about Lockerbie please look away… now.
Yes, not too surprisingly Lockerbie continues to be a burning issue, although now it’s the Labour government in Westminster rather than the SNP in Holyrood receiving most of the flack. Still, that’s not to say that the SNP have got off Scot free (That’s not even a pun!).
Caron had a lengthy blog on the Scottish Parliament’s decision to reject the SNP’s decision to release the Lockerbie bomber, lauding Malcolm Chisholm’s principled stance during the debate. SNP Tactical Voting also highlighted Chisholm’s contribution. It’s worth noting that I received a number of emails from colleagues back home saying the exact same thing. In another post, Two Doctors claims that New Labour appear to be struggling to stay on message, whilst Mr Eugenides dissects Magnus Linklater’s article in the Times.
Meanwhile, the Spectator’s Alex Massie continues to lock horns with his colleagues at Coffee House, noting that the “votes in the Scottish parliament… would have had a much greater impact if members had voted their consciences, not the party line.” It’s most certainly worth adding that Mr Chisholm acknowledged that he would have voted with the Scottish government had he participated in a free vote. Mr Massie and yours truly also critiqued a post by Iain Dale, who cited a News of the World article claiming that the SNP’s decision to release Mr Megrahi has led to the United States threatening to halt sharing terrorism intelligence with the UK. Mr Dale was kind enough to respond, claiming that he was merely highlighting the article, not necessarily agreeing with it.
Yet, it’s worth noting that it was only a few weeks ago that Kenny MacAskill – and, I guess, Scotland in general – was lambasted by the media and a number of reputable bloggers for releasing a convicted terrorist on compassionate grounds. It was repeated that because justice is a reserved issue, it was those wretched Scots who made the decision by themselves, and are to blame for drawing so much opprobrium on the British isles. Hell, even those fine unionists at ConservativeHome suggested that because it was our tinpot council that took such a reckless decision, any boycott should target Scotland and avoid inflicting any pain on our brothers dan saf. News from this week has surely turned the tables on Westminster.
Just a week after Tom Harris stated that al Megrahi’s release could not have been part of a trade deal, Jack Straw has acknowledged that trade was part of the deal to include the latter in the prisoner transfer agreement. Robert Black has some interesting thoughts on this latest development, a blog well worth reading on all matters Lockerbie. I guess the name of the blog gives it away. Bill Cameron also takes Gordon Brown to task for his role in the unfolding debacle whilst Guido is all over this story.
… And in other news… (Kinda’)
The ‘i’ word was again back in vogue, not too surprising given the amount of furor surrounding Lockerbie. Just a couple of weeks ago Michael Forsyth advised David Cameron to hold a referendum on independence in order to nip the movement “in the bud”. Mike Small notes that “…conventional wisdom is that the Megrahi case has sent independence off-track, shattering confidence in self-determination just as the banking collapse was supposed to. This didn’t happen and next year’s referendum might just confirm the inevitable.” I think he’s most certainly got a point here. On the other hand, isn’t talk of a referendum just “free politicking” for Alex Salmond? And should the First Minister be allowed to participate in a leaders debate before the next general election? Andrew Reeves thinks not. Scottish Unionist has a little giggle at the SNP’s candidate for Glasgow North East who has appeared to change his position on the decision to release al Megrahi.
Now to a different subject all together: booze. Stephen and Gary Marshall both appear to have a bone to pick with the SNP over their new licencing laws. Count yourself luck – in Minnesota we can’t even buy booze on a Sunday!
Cllr Debra Storr blogs about her decision to reject “planning permission for Trump to extend the resort to include 5 new areas.” Stephen also chips in with his three cents. Is that the Local Hero guitar riff I hear?
Stephen has some thoughts on Nigel Farage’s decision to run against John Bercow MP, who was only just elected speaker of the House in June. Jeff asks if we are witnessing the end of newspapers, Julie McAnulty discusses big pharma, and Tom Harris defends Eric Joyce against claims of hypocrisy.
… And that’s all folks…
Have a fine Sunday. I’m going to make the best of my Labo(u)r Day weekend and brace myself for hell breaking loose this week.