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The British government decided it was “in the overwhelming interests of the United Kingdom†to make Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber, eligible for return to Libya, leaked ministerial letters reveal. Gordon Brown’s government made the decision after discussions between Libya and BP over a multi-million-pound oil exploration deal had hit difficulties. These were resolved soon afterwards.

The letters were sent two years ago by Jack Straw, the justice secretary, to Kenny MacAskill, his counterpart in Scotland, who has been widely criticised for taking the formal decision to permit Megrahi’s release.

The correspondence makes it plain that the key decision to include Megrahi in a deal with Libya to allow prisoners to return home was, in fact, taken in London for British national interests

The rest just gives the gory details.

Seems to me that Brown and McAskill are now right royally rogered. Obama will do his best to see to it that Brown becomes an international pariah, while McAskill's claim that it was his 'Scottish compassion' that provided the motivation to release Megrahi has been revealed as a lie: in reality, Gordon told him to.

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The rest just gives the gory details.

Seems to me that Brown and McAskill are now right royally rogered. Obama will do his best to see to it that Brown becomes an international pariah, while McAskill's claim that it was his 'Scottish compassion' that provided the motivation to release Megrahi has been revealed as a lie: in reality, Gordon told him to.

ouch...

..but Mr Mandelson said it was purely a Scottish decision, and to suggest it was about oil is just preposterous. Was he lying ??

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I was begining to worry that Gordo was going to get in next election. I think the US will see that doesn't happen

All large companies have Corporate Governance the Government and the House need to get their morals a bloody good look at. UK politics stinks to high heaven I am sick of living in this corrupt police state dictatorship. I have never wanted an election so much in all my life.

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As ex labour voter you must believe me when i say there is more chance of hell freezing over than brown getting back in..so many labour supporters at the grass root level feel let down by Blair and brown.. even trade unionists can not believe how bad the twelve years have been wasted...and don't mention the war,,

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It's a funny one this. I don't have any time for Brown and co., yet in this case they did a deal to guarantee an oil supply.

Good business, the problem is the lying and the deceit, when as ever with anything they touch the story is guaranteed to fall apart.

Maybe it's the game, the wheeling and dealing and the putting one over the rest of us. Their MO is to lie and to spin.

There are serious doubts about the 'bomber's' conviction. People would understand the need to do a deal on oil - they could have been more honest about it: 'sick al-Megrahi returns to Lybia to complete his sentence as part of the deal...'

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Why is everyone so surprised? It ain't the first time that business has come before morality and it sure won't be the last!

Who is surprised?

This is just solid evidence, confirming something we already thought to be the case but could not prove.

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Its so obvious now why Mr Brown was keeping a very low profile when this happened. Could he have possible known and wanted to keep the whole issue at arms length ??

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Why is everyone so surprised? It ain't the first time that business has come before morality and it sure won't be the last!

I am not suprised I pretty much expected it thats why I am annoyed.

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Why is everyone so surprised? It ain't the first time that business has come before morality and it sure won't be the last!

I'm not surprised at all! It just shows what a bunch of lying schemers they are!

If they were open about it, there would be some very upset people, but at least they would have been honest. Instead, we are proved right again, that the government can't be trusted.

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Who is surprised?

This is just solid evidence, confirming something we already thought to be the case but could not prove.

I meant surprised that it's been proved so quickly. What's interesting to me is why this one has been exposed so readily when there are probably thousands of other 'toxins in the mud waiting to hatch out.' <_<

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I meant surprised that it's been proved so quickly. What's interesting to me is why this one has been exposed so readily when there are probably thousands of other 'toxins in the mud waiting to hatch out.' <_<

Agreed. The Civil Service must be in such a state of meltdown that it's relatively easy for a low to medium level mole to leak this sort of stuff, with his or her bosses not really caring less. Very much a government in its death throes. I almost wonder if Gordon's silence was because he knew of a high likelihood that this would happen, and made a tactical decision that the fallout would be worse if he came out with a bullish speech beforehand.

I also wonder if it's any coincidence that he's currently in Afghanistan. Typical BBC - not one mention on this on the R4 news just now - just fawning coverage of his jaunt.

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He was released on compassionate grounds, he wasn't sent back to serve his sentence unlike the prisoner-transfer deal, he was freed completely. He was let out because he's dying of cancer, that's the law - if you can prove he hasn't got cancer, you may be on to something. But apart from that, completely wrong again.

ps. I have some diaries written by hitler if anyone's interested

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Question: How much are 270 lives worth?

Answer:£15 billion

Pan Am Flight 103 was Pan American World Airways' third daily scheduled transatlantic flight from London's Heathrow Airport to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. On Wednesday 21 December 1988, the aircraft flying this route—a Boeing 747-121 named Clipper Maid of the Seas—was destroyed by a bomb, killing all 243 passengers and 16 crew members.[1] Eleven people in Lockerbie, southern Scotland, were killed as large sections of the plane fell in and around the town, bringing total fatalities to 270. As a result, the event has been named by the media as the Lockerbie Bombing.
The exploration deal for oil and gas, potentially worth up to £15 billion, was announced in May 2007. Six months later the agreement was still waiting to be ratified.

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This could be the end of the SNP if it's true.

The thought that they've bowed to a request from Labour in London will sicken most supporters.

We're still waiting for evidence they did.

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He was let out because he's dying of cancer, that's the law - if you can prove he hasn't got cancer, you may be on to something.

He's got cancer, but evidence is emerging that he's unlikely to die of it anything like as soon as McAskill led us to believe.

This could be the end of the SNP if it's true.

The thought that they've bowed to a request from Labour in London will sicken most supporters.

It'll be the end of the current SNP leadership, certainly; and specifically of everyone whose name is in any way linked to, and can plausibly be accused of complicity in this decision. But not the SNP, surely - after all, the last thing someone inclined to vote SNP would do is to switch their alligence to the only viable alternative in most Scottish constituencies, i.e. the party that got them into this mess in the first place and is their sworn political enemy?

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This could be the end of the SNP if it's true.

The thought that they've bowed to a request from Labour in London will sicken most supporters.

they would have sent him back 2 yrs ago if that was the case

the only politicians that have played a straight card in this are the SNP

I think this has done nothing but strengthen them

the people that come out of this badly are NuLabor for their deal in the desert

and the US for their fabricated evidence

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He was released on compassionate grounds, he wasn't sent back to serve his sentence unlike the prisoner-transfer deal, he was freed completely. He was let out because he's dying of cancer, that's the law - if you can prove he hasn't got cancer, you may be on to something. But apart from that, completely wrong again.

ps. I have some diaries written by hitler if anyone's interested

Are you really this niave? :rolleyes:

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Only the worst mass murder and act of terrorism ever to take place on british soil.

Not like people might be upset...

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