Monday, August 31, 2009

The Lockerbie Bomber, Scottish Parliement, Edinburgh Festivals, my Half Century and Hibs looking Good!!

I am coming to the end of my break in Edinburgh and of course the big story has been the release of the convicted Lockerbie Bomber,
Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi. Clearly the SNP Minority Scottish Government have made a huge political error of judgement and I hope that the Scottish electorate will not quickly forget it. There has been significant damage worldwide to the reputation of Scotland which I think will have a lasting negative effect and it really shows how out of touch the SNP are with Scottish and World public opinion!!
I have had a restful but active time in Edinburgh visiting the Scottish Parliament, an impressive building and I really like the openness of it and the accessibility to ordinary people to look at and use the building! I went on a very informative Tour although the buidling was busy due to the Lockerbie bombing issue of course!
I spent some time going to Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows highlight being Frank Skinner's "Credit Crunch Caberet". I have never seen Edinburgh as busy as it is this year and some nice weather really helped the experience! The Edinburgh Festival's are really fantastic events for Edinburgh, Scotland and the UK!
I also reached the 50 year Milestone on Saturday and we had a Birthday Barbeque at my Sister's in St. Andrews. Bernadette worked very hard and made me a fantasic Birthday Cake! Saw all my Nephews as well so a really nice day and week!!
Despite some initial worries Hibs have started off fantastically well in the SLP with 2 very good wins and yesterday a 1-0 defeat to Celtic but all reports are of an excellent display by Hibs with Celtic Goalie, Boruc, the busier of the Keepers! Made me laugh to see McGeady sent off for diving after all the Eduardo furore! I recall that great Celtic hero Henrik Larsson get more late penalties for Celtic at Parkhead than anyone!! As they say what goes around comes around! Celtics comprehensive defeat at Arsenal does highlight the widening gap between the English and Scottish game which in my view is largely down to the incompetence of the people running the Scottish football!!
"Yogi" Hughes looks like he is putting a good sqaud togther and getting Anthony Stokes from Sunderland may prove to be the buy of the Season!


Chris Gale said...

As a Labour Party member I am at a loss to know why some senior Labour people are trying to out macho the American right wing and the Tories on the relase of Ali al-Megrahi.
I am not a flag carrier for the SNP but Labour principles are (or should be) about compassion and decency. It is what sets us apart from the people who plant bombs and marks us out as progressive and civilised.
The Scottish government were right to take the action they did.
Mr al-Megrahi has terminal prostrate cancer, an excruciatingly painful illness, and will be dead within months.

It is embarrassing to see senior Labour MPs, Ministers and MSPs lambasting this decision and quibbling over the medical basis it was based around.

We should be better than that and not pander to the politics of revenge and the lowest common denominator.

John Joseph Friary said...


Many thanks for your comments!
I do have a lot of sympathy in what you say and agree that compasion is a key element of the Scottish and British legal System.
I would have had no problem in Megrahi being released to a Hospice or even his scottish home to be treated in the final stages of his illness in a compasionate way but feel that falls far short of allowing him to return to Libya to a hero's welcome with little in the way of any remorse or compasion shown even now for the victims of the worst terrorist atrocity commited on British soil!
I believe that we also have a responbility to show compassion and justice to the families of the victims of the Lockerbie bombing and a promise was made to them that he would spend the rest of his liife in Scotland!
I also object to the SNP and Tories attempting to develope a 101 conspiracy theories to blame the Government and get themselves off the hook!
Compasion yes but justice as well and I dont think that the SNP Minority Government did that! Taking the matter to the Scottish Parliemant ahead of the release might have helped!
Thanks again for getting in touch!

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