Saturday, 17 March 2012

John Ashton in New Statesman

This week's edition of the New Statesman contains on page 14 an article by Megrahi: You are my Jury author John Ashton. The blurb on the magazine's website reads: "John Ashton writes that the failure to solve the Lockerbie bombing has become, now more than ever, a gross embarrassment for the Scottish National Party."

It is not, of course, the failure to solve the Lockerbie bombing that has become a gross embarrassment for the SNP government, but the failure to institute an inquiry into what so manifestly went wrong in the investigation, prosecution and adjudication of the case against Abdelbaset Megrahi. Solving the Lockerbie bombing may be outwith the powers and capability of the Scottish Government; but putting right an outrageous injustice presided over by the Crown Office, and taking meaningful steps to ensure that it can never happen again, are indisputably within its powers.  What is lacking is the will (and the courage).


  1. This is shaping up to be the SNP's Watergate, a cover-up more damaging than the original crime. A common pattern of things is that the party that takes a country to independence becomes thereafter the natural party of government. Radical supporters of nationalism (its core) will not be happy if that looks like being the CIA.

  2. Maybe time to caal this "Lockerbiegate"?

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  4. "The failure to solve the Lockerbie bombing"? But they did solve it!

  5. I note the latest (concerted?)wheeze which features in John Ashton's book "Megrahi -You Are My Jury" and David Wolchover's risible article "Culprits of Lockerbie:Gaddafi or the Extremists of Palestine" is to blame the bombing on a phantom, "Abu Elias" the PFLP-GC's supposed expert on aviation security whom Ashton alleges "escaped capture" - possibly because he never existed.