Friday, 11 December 2015

Ian Bell's Lockerbie-related writings

I am deeply saddened to learn of the death at the age of 59 of Ian Bell, perhaps Scotland’s finest political columnist. Here, in chronological order, are links to some of his Lockerbie-related columns: 

1. Trust no-one, believe nothing; 2. Justice is the casualty in this Britain of secrets; 3. The demand for truth is more than rhetoric; 4. He’s dying: does it matter where?; 5. Caught in the middle of a transatlantic storm; 6. Tales of torture prove US has no right to moral leadership; 7. What do US cops know about justice?; 8. Too much heat and not enough light on Lockerbie; 9. Why do we still cling to mythical link with US?; 10. So many questions still unanswered on Megrahi; 11. Can Ian Bell be cloned, please?; 12. Truth lies hidden beneath the blather about Megrahi; 13. Lockerbie: some shrapnel; 14. Lockerbie: Scoundrel Time; 15. Lockerbie, Guilt & Gaddafi; 16. Libya & Lockerbie: secrets for sale; 17. Lockerbie: lawyers, guns & money; 18. We need truth about absurdity of unsafe Lockerbie conviction; 19. Lockerbie and Libya: hide & seek; and 20. Contempt shown to Scotland's legal system during Lockerbie shambles.


  1. Sad indeed. Such an excellent man, and so early. May he rest in peace.

  2. I'm very shocked, as I admired him a great deal. I had no idea he was ill (or indeed that he was younger than I am).

    He seems to have been a journalistic presence as long as I can remember. I can't be absolutely certain, but I believe it was the cumulation of his articles as linked above that drew me into Lockerbie analysis.

  3. Is it acceptable to be angry with someone for dying? Frankly, I don't know, but I reckon that no one is more miffed than he probably is right now, if you believe in that sort of stuff. All I can say is that I am deeply sorry that he has left us with such a void, and I am struggling to think of someone who might fit into 'Dead Man's Shoes'. They ought to be legion. Isn't it regrettable that one individual should be so outstanding against a background of self interest, fear, laziness, lack of basic curiosity etc, etc?