In his column headlined What else can the SNP do to claw back votes? in yesterday's edition of The Herald, Iain Macwhirter wrote: "As for Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi – the issue that some commentators said could lose the SNP the election – well the boot is now on the other foot following the revelations about Gordon Brown’s dealings with Colonel Gaddafi."
It is probably true to say that the release of Megrahi will not be a vote loser for the SNP. But is it possible that the attitude of Scottish political parties to the question of an inquiry into the circumstances of his conviction could become an issue in the election? Or is the general public perception now that, because Libyan politicians jockeying for position in that country are lining up to say that Gaddafi ordered the Lockerbie bombing, the issue of whether one particular Libyan was properly convicted by a Scottish court of the murder of 270 people is a matter of no particular concern or importance?