Just watched Scottish Justice Minister, Kenny MacAskill on Newsnight. His performance filled me with contempt. He was trying to justify his decision to release the only criminal convicted of murdering 270 innocent people over Lockerbie in 1988 - on compassionate grounds. That's right - compassionate grounds. Incredible. Today he damaged the world's opinion of Scotland, and the reputation of the SNP Scottish Government. The decision was shockingly wrong and will define the first term of SNP Government. I realise that this terrorist was suffering from prostate cancer and is reckoned to have just three months to live. My attitude may make me seem not compassionate, and that's because I feel nothing but revulsion for this criminal. I cannot find in my heart any sympathy for such a very evil man, found guilty of the indiscriminate murder of 270 innocents. The great celebrations and welcome that will be bestowed on the return to Libya by this murderer will only make matters worse.
And what does Gordon Brown think of this decision. Our Prime Minister, who normally has a ready comment to make about everything under the sun, and over matters where he has no jurisdiction is silent. This awful decision by the Scottish Government may well damage Britain's international reputation, especially if Gordon Brown remains silent. The world knows that he is Scottish, and could interpret silence as agreement, which I cannot believe is the Prime Minister's opinion. Another case of a MaCavity's cat impersonation at No 10.