[This is the heading over a letter by Graeme H Bettison in today's edition of the Sunday Herald. It reads as follows:]
Lots of stupid things are said, especially at party conferences. My award goes to Prime Minister Cameron, quoted as saying that the release of the so-called Lockerbie bomber was wrong and that “nothing like that must ever happen again”. How stupid is that?
For one, how many other Libyan nationals are in our prisons? Also, Mr Cameron is the one person who really could act on his own words. He could undo the prisoner transfer agreement between the UK and Libya, but perhaps that was not something he had included in his election manifesto. [Note by RB: The UK Government could, of course, scrap the UK-Libya PTA. But that was not the mechanism whereby Mr Megrahi was released. The UK Government could not, under the current constitutional arrangements, scrap compassionate release. Justice and prisons are devolved to Holyrood.]
I wonder whether it might just be another of his hollow, stupid things to say – to side himself with those who found the Scottish Government’s decision difficult, if not impossible, to accept – and so use the tragedy as a party-political point-scorer.
I had, once, hoped that the mold of the last Tory era was something that should never happen again. The “generation game” conveyor belt of policies and on-the-hoof dancing around are more akin to Saturday night TV than proper government, and this makes me feel that it was a stupid thing for me to hope for.
After all, I am only a “thick” Scot.