Friday, 1 January 2010

Special relationship ‘unharmed’

The decision to free the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing will not cause any long-term damage to the so-called UK-US “special relationship”, the American ambassador to London has insisted.

Louis Susman, 71, a former banker from Chicago and one of Barack Obama’s key backers during the presidential campaign, said the special relationship was like a marriage in which there were disagreements.

He said: “This was a spat, a case where friends can disagree. Do I think it has diminished the relationship on a long-term basis? Absolutely not.”

Mr Susman dismissed threats of a boycott of British goods in wake of the decision by Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, adding: “I will continue to drink Scotch whisky, I love Scottish golf courses and we buy Scottish sweaters.”

[From a report on the heraldscotland website.]


  1. The arc of history is long but it bends towards justice (Martin Luther King Jr).

    Let us hope that the truth about Lockerbie finally emerges in 2010, and that justice shines upon the wrongly convicted Abdelbaset Megrahi before he dies.

  2. This is getting creepy. Didn't they say just a while ago the marriage was safe? "US won't divorce UK?" Oh, yeah, it's the same guy, two months ago.
    I suspect I'm missing some context here. The Anglo-American alliance might be annulled over Megrahi's release? Oh, no it WON'T... wait, so... who said it might?

  3. Perhaps the sooner we (Scotland) 'divorce' the UK, the sooner we can be free of the cloying presence of the US in our politics... but that's a whole other issue.