Thursday, 7 October 2010
Cameron's Disrespect Agenda
In his conference speech, David Cameron said the decision to release the only man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing "undermined" the UK's global standing. It was "wrong" and "nothing like that must ever happen again" he insisted.
The release of al-Megrahi has nothing whatsoever to do with David Cameron or the Westminster Government. The matter was dealt with by Scots law which is completely outwith Westminster control.
Of course Mr Cameron was playing to the gallery. A gallery probably minus two tories. One, the tory candidate for Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn, Ivor Tiefenbrun, resigned after it was reported he accused the Scots of "being so thick for hating Margaret Thatcher". The second, the candidate for Clydesdale, Colin McGavigan, posted on Twitter 'kids in care: why do the carers look like the great unwashed? They're supposed to be carers not warders.' The comments were made in response to a BBC documentary broadcast on Tuesday night, focusing on children in care.
Has Mr McGavigan resigned? No. The Scottish tories are set to allow him to continue as the party's Clydesdale candidate on the grounds that they believe he has no case to answer.
The fashion seems to be for Scots-bashing at the moment, but that doesn't concern me in the least. What does concern me is Cameron's lack of knowledge concerning the al-Megrahi release. He could do worse than read this.
As for the UK's global standing: the al-Megrahi issue fades into insignificance when Westminster leaders have taken us into two unnecessary wars, reduced education to a farcical level, (the ex blogger 'To Miss With Love'), and allowed banks to run riot with our savings - just a few of the actions which certainly do affect the UK's global standing.