Thursday, 15 March 2012

"Courage" is what's missing

[Just over two weeks ago I reproduced a post from uruisg’s Occasional Thoughts blog.  It contained the following paragraph:]

The mace in the Scottish Parliament is inscribed with the four words 'Wisdom, Justice, Compassion, Integrity'. Sadly none of these most worthy aspirations has been conspicuous in the Scottish Government's inaction over the Lockerbie problem.

[The blogger went on to say that the designer of the mace would have added a fifth word had space permitted but he did not tell us what that word would have been.  Uruisg has now broken his silence. Today he has posted as follows:]

It's `courage' of course! If the Scottish Parliament's mace had had room for a fifth word, alongside the worthy foursome of wisdom, justice, compassion and integrity, that's what designer Michael Lloyd would have gone for. (...)

As ever more doubt is cast on the conviction of `Lockerbie bomber' Abdulbaset al Megrahi, the Scottish Government's capacity for displaying wisdom, justice, compasion and integrity is (at the time of writing at least) completely nullified by the lack of courage to do something about it.

I for one would be proud to be a citizen of an independent Scotland that had shown the braveheart spirit needed to face up to and deal with this issue, but ashamed if we are to be a nation prepared to live with the stain. 

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