[This is the heading over a recent post on the influential Subrosa blog. It reads in part:]
If the SNP wanted to win next year's election then there must be a proper inquiry into the 1988 Lockerbie bombing. Alex Salmond insists he supports the verdict. Why? A powerful committee in the Scottish Parliament has backed a Lockerbie inquiry. Dr Jim Swire has said that, "Without an inquiry the name of Scottish justice will lie in the gutter." Other very eminent Scottish legals have joined with the call for an inquiry.
This post is nothing to do with the release of Megrahi which I think was taken within the Scottish prisoner guidelines. Most of the UK know there is doubt about the conviction of Megrahi yet the First Minister continues to insist that there is none. The post is about an inquiry into Megrahi's conviction.
Obviously there is something behind the issue for Alex Salmond to continue to insist he believes the verdict and perhaps, for reasons only known to the political establishment, he's troubled it will be discovered during an inquiry, but it's time the SNP bit the bullet and made the decision for the world to know the facts. More and more evidence has appeared over the years yet ,when Megrahi dropped his appeal prior to his release, our political masters seemed to sigh with relief thinking the matter was concluded.
It's not finished by a long chalk if Alex Salmond has the courage to instigate an inquiry. Yes, maybe the SNP Scottish government has shown, like all governments, to have some faults, but the public would forgive them if the truth about the Lockerbie bombing was exposed.
Time to show some true Scottish backbone Alex and call for an inquiry. If nothing else it would ensure the SNP had a good chance to be re-elected in May next year. It could be the SNP's legacy.