Monday, May 21, 2012
Megrahi dies ‘on the eve’ of Braveheart Alex Salmond’s launch of indy campaign, bad omen, Friday is about the race to replace him as SNP Leader
Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is dead.
Less we forget 270 victims of Lockerbie terrorist attack are also dead.
What has never died is the search for the truth for the families of the victims who deserve that much and more.
Yesterday on Twitter the Chief Executive of the Scottish National Party, Braveheart and freedom fighter Peter Murrell was talking about how Megrahi’s death closes a chapter for the families.
My reply to him was he was completely wrong.
Maybe it’s just another unhelpful item on the news agenda for him and I can understand why he would want it ‘off the books’ as quick as possible since he doesn’t want the news agenda dominated with bad press with the SNP launching their independence campaign on Friday.
Sorry, but justice is never an inconvenient truth, it is never just an item on the news agenda and never an issue of a staged managed political performance of “concern”.
Where was Braveheart Mr. Murrell’s concern for a public inquiry?
The inconvenient truth for Mr. Murrell was he was publicly silent on a public inquiry because there is an SNP Government in office.
Unfortunately there is a lack of talent in the Scottish National Party, no one is there to fight the fights that need fought and the SNP leadership is deaf to anyone unless it suits their personal agenda.
Closing a chapter, families who lose loved ones to terrorist attacks never close chapters Mr. Murrell.
Serious questions remain regarding the Lockerbie Trial and the role of the Crown Office and their work in critical key areas that raises concerns that the conviction was unsafe.
The decision by Kenny MacAskill was a judgment call, bad judgment; Megrahi should never have been allowed to leave Scotland.
His appeal was of such critical importance, that overwhelming public interest demanded that it should go ahead in the interests of justice.
At the time of his release, US families were among the most vocal critics of the decision, along with US president Barack Obama.
US secretary of state Hillary Clinton was to brand the move "absolutely wrong".
At this point I should declare an interest; I wrote to Kenny MacAskill and said that Megrahi should be released on compassionate grounds in order to have the best possible chance to present his appeal due to his medical problems.
The SNP Government went way beyond that and the Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill was to go on to babble about judgment from a ‘higher source’.
Which I assume means God and not Tony Blair.
The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) has found 6 outstanding issues which anyone if aired in an Appeal Court may lead to the Megrahi conviction being overturned as unsafe.
Some of those issues involve the paying of witnesses, witnesses being shown the picture of Megrahi prior to an identification parade and a broken custody chain.
Speaking to a friend, two degrees of separation from Nicola Sturgeon, he told me that he believed that independence was not winnable, when pressed he said that he reckoned that Alex Salmond and the Scottish Government would get 25% of a Yes Vote.
I have to say although I agree that the independence referendum is unwinnable for the SNP in 2014, I thought his estimate was far too low.
Independence cannot be won by burying problems.
Friday isn’t the launch of the independence referendum, it is the start of the race to replace Alex Salmond as SNP Leader, it isn’t the end of his political career, but it’s the beginning of the end.
24 months and the clock will start counting down on Friday!
I’m not invited to the Edinburgh launch; it’s for the “important” rich middle class people and I won’t be invited to the independence ‘celebration’ party either, because there isn’t going to be one in 2014.
Braveheart Alex Salmond starts shouting about “Freedom” on Friday in Edinburgh.
And that will be just an item on the news agenda.
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University