Comment posted Scotttish Government statement following death of Ali Al-Megrahi by Ken MacColl.
The reaction from Joanne Lamont to the news of Megrahi’s death was predictably following the official Labour Party line but must have caused grave offence to many decent Labour supporters.We may wonder on what authority she feels able to speak on behalf of Scotland on this or any other issue. Could it be that the vision of A L Blair embracing the mad Colonel and the “dirty deal in the desert” influenced her judgement? When will the details of this particular deal come to light?
Ken MacColl also commented
- The list of signatories to the Megrahi letter is certainly wideranging……
Wait a minute though! If Teddy Taylor really has signed this letter I can just see our anonymous blogger from Islay demanding that he be stripped of his enoblement, deprived of his knighthood -if he has one- and drummed out of the ranks of the Conservative and Unionist Club in distant Southend never more to darken its portals.
- You are right, of course; and you did.
Personally I could not care a hoot when my remarks get the “zero Neroes” but I wonder at the mentalilty of those who dislke simple and sincere statements of fact.
I was reading about the Vincennes incident only earlier today and contrasting the reaction of our American cousins to that particular disaster.Although the commanding officer of the Vincennes had mistaken a civilian aircraft for a military craft and was responsible for many civilian deaths he was feted as a hero and promoted when he got home.
There is a heavy body of informed opinion that the Lockerbie bomb was retaliation for that disaster and that the source had nothing to do with Libya but was probably from Iran.
David Cameron seems determined to block any enquiry. We may wonder whose back he is protecting?
- I shake my head in wonder that any of your readers can summon up a “dislike” thumbs down at such a life affirming and accurate remark.
Recent comments by Ken MacColl
- The Stones, The Stars and Professor Thom
Genuinely sorry to miss this talk but Putechan Lodge is a long haul from Oban!
Professor Sandy Thom is the grandfather of my sister-in-law and was a genuine polymath-with wideranging interests and considerable expertise in engineering, mathematics, astronomy, sailing and almost any other field that attracted his interest.He was truly “a living example of the power of a flexible mind and a versatile disposition.”
During the war he worked on the aereodynamics of fighter aircraft.
Only after retiring from the Professorial Chair of Engineering Science at Oxford did he devote his undivided attention to one of his many other interests, the locatin and distribution of megalithic monuments across the west coast of Scotland and further afield.He worked closely with Marion Campbell in Mid Argyll. He is considered to be the father of archaeoastronomy.
If you are able, go to the talk and enjoy.
Then support the campaign to safeguard the Sighthill Stone Circle.
- Disappointing stunting from Michael Russell
And, W.S., if you reveal your name, will we be entitled to make assumptions or presumptions about your ethnicity -as if it should matter?
- Another question for Andrew Mitchell
Were it not for whistleblowers and serious investigative jounalists-for too few around at present-we would know far less about those entrusted with our government.
- Campbell Cameron: Saying Yes
Pot, kettle , black….responding to Gus mackay is rarely a productive exercise but could I suggest that while the march was in support of Independence for Scotland, those who carried placards stating “YES” were in support of that cause.
My family had a long tradition of active support for the Labour party in Argyll and I recall how my father used to explain to me when I was a child the importance of countries like India and Ireland gaining control over their own destiny. Mind you he also spoke about the obscenity of nuclear weapons and the massive importance of the NHS and the principle that care should be free at the point of delivery.At that time the abolition of the House of Lords was a stated aim of the party.As a working class boy who got to university he would have been appalled at the notion of the Labour Party introducing student fees. I suspect that he would not have been singularly unimpressed with either Blair or Brown.
Devolution, even in times of financial stricture, has mostly worked well for Scotland and it has worked best in those areas where services, like Health and Education are in our Holyrood’s control and our own priorities are able to be addressed – contrast those with the chaos under Westminster control! The progression to independence is part of the process started in 1999 and perhaps the most significant factors of Saturday’s rally were the contributions from Dennis Canavan, Ruth Wishart and the growing Scottish Labour for Independence movement.
- Campbell Cameron: Saying Yes
I am the bloke in the blue fleece and I am entitled to look older than Campbell Cameron for the simple reason that I am considerably older.
Campbell is as hale and hearty as ever.
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