Lockerbie

‘After the elections in France and Greece the idea of Ed Miliband as prime minister is moving from late-night fear to probability’

The release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi last month allowed everyone to blame everyone else. But it also demonstrated what short memories people have these days.

Although I could do without the crude aspersions being made about “the British” by the neo-Jacobins of the AEI, it is heartening that some of the politicians in New Jersey who keep the flame with the victims of the Lockerbie mass atrocity are calling for a House investigation into the full circumstances surrounding the release of the mass murderer Megrahi.

The expected release later today of the Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi has been criticised by Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State – as you can see in this video clip.

Here is another reason why I am highly dubious about the claims that the Lockerbie trial was a miscarriage of justice. In the late 1990s, David Shayler left MI5 and blew every secret he could to the press. He worked on the Lockerbie files, however, and insisted that the case was above board. (I should add that Shayler has since become the nuttiest of conspiracy theorists and insists that Jews – or “Zionists” as modern anti-semites say – are everywhere. If even he doesn’t believe there is was a conspiracy in the Lockerbie case, then there wasn’t.)

I have a piece in today’s Observer  about the proposal to release the Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, the Libyan convicted of the Lockerbie bombing on compassionate grounds. It is one thing to free the dying Ronnie Biggs – who never hurt anyone. Quite another to release a dying man convicted of the murder of 270 people on any grounds other than that an appeal court has decided that he is not guilty. But it looks as if the Scottish nationalist politicians in charge of the case are preparing to do just that. By my reckoning, he will have served one year for every 30 people he murdered.

    I picked up two impressions as I researched the article last week.