Why the case of Lockerbie bomber Al Megrahi is leaving a bad taste in my mouth

I've really not fallen for this compassion nonsense. Call me cynical, but there is more to the Al Megrahi saga than meets the eye.

As for Brown and Obama telling Colonel Gaddafi to 'act with sensitivity' and welcome this 'terrorist' back to Libya in a 'low-key return', don't make me laugh. 'Brick wall' and 'talk to' spring to mind.

Let's be perfectly honest: nobody in this country is listening to anything Gordon Brown says, let alone a dictator from yonder shores.

And where is Gordon Brown right now, anyway? If his head was any further below the parapet, we'd need a JCB to dig him out.

He just about got himself out of hiding to congratulate the England cricket team on regaining the Ashes - and that was after an awful lot of criticism at how late he'd left an official statement.

So, how on earth can we expect Gordon Brown to have anything meaningful to say on the Scottish justice secretary, Kenny MacAskill's decision to free Al Megrahi?

With Libya set to become one of the world's top ten oil producing countries, I think it's fair to say that Scotland has been hung out to dry by the rest of the UK and US in the name of - yep, you guessed it - MONEY!

Our energy companies have already pumped hundreds of millions of pounds into Libya. Between Brown, Obama and MacAskill they were going to make sure those investments were safe.

As far back as 2004 Shell had signed a deal worth up to £550m for gas exploration rights off the Libyan coast. Ally that with the forthcoming mass production of oil, and you are talking billion dollar investments and profits to be had with the support of Colonel Gadaffi.

To quote Stephen Patrick Morrissey: 'Stop me if you think that you've heard this one before'.

On this occasion, however, the powers that be decided it would be a better idea to co-operate and prosper, rather than send in large armies to topple the dictator and embark on a never ending 'war' that would decimate more than one country and take thousands of lives.

I think they may have learned from the little guinea pig that was Iraq, but our education is proving to be an awfully expensive commodity.

All the usual suspects have slipped into the metaphorical bed with Gaddafi. In 2003 the Foreign Office minister, Mike O'Brien, met a relative of Colonel Gaddafi.

In 2004 Tony Blair met Gaddafi in Tripoli and again on neutral ground in 2007.

No surprises that Peter Mandleson, the Business Secretary, met Gaddafi's heir on "holiday" this summer in Corfu.

Gordon Brown held "good and businesslike" talks with Gaddafi six weeks ago at the G8 summit.

And just for good measure the Duke of York has visited Libya four times in the last two years - I didn't know they had decent golf courses in Libya - while acting as Britain's Special Representative for International Trade and Investment.

Of course, the official party line is that none of this is relevant to the Al Megrahi case. And it would be abhorrent to suggest his release has anything to do with finance, oil production, or was a little sweetener for Colonel Gaddafi to parade in front of his people on the 40th anniversary of his coming to power.

None of us would possibly draw that conclusion. We're far too apathetic and brain-washed for that!

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