This is the headline over a report just published on the Telegraph website. For a fleeting instant I naively entertained the thought that the documents might be those in respect of which the UK government, acting through then Foreign Secretary David Miliband, in Mr Megrahi's most recent appeal claimed public interest immunity on grounds of national security. What a silly-billy I am! The papers that are to be released are as follows:
'In Washington, Mr Cameron said: “I am asking the Cabinet Secretary in the UK to go back over all the paperwork and see if there is anything else that should be released so there is the clearest possible picture out there of what decision [ie to repatriate Mr Megrahi] was taken and why.
'“I do not currently think that another inquiry is the right way to go. I don’t need an inquiry to tell me what I already know, which is that it was a bad decision.”'
So there we are. The circumstances in which Mr Megrahi was returned to his homeland are to be the focus of the document review rather than the circumstances in which he was wrongly convicted. Any meaningful inquiry would, of course, be too embarrassing to both the UK and the USA to be contemplated. O tempora, O mores!