The Scottish electorate has responded resoundingly to Labour Scottish parliamentary leader Iain Gray's contention that Alex Salmond's handling of the banking crisis and release of the "Lockerbie bomber" exposed “fundamental flaws” in the SNP leader’s character and judgement. I am particularly pleased at the redoutable Christine Grahame's victory in the Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale seat.
What must now be hoped for is that Alex Salmond and the new SNP majority government, at long last, demonstrate sound judgment over the shameful Megrahi conviction and immediately institute an independent inquiry. The first indication will be who is appointed to the office of Lord Advocate to replace the disastrous Elish Angiolini QC. If her successor is another Crown Office minion rather than an independent advocate or solicitor, the prospects will remain bleak.
Incidentally, Windhoek is not merely the capital of Namibia, it is the brand name of the county's best beer (brewed in accordance with the Bavarian Reinheitsgebot). Today I had to wade up to my knees through a seasonal river to sample a few pints of it. But it was well worth the effort.