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Saturday 22 August 2009

Opening a Window on Diplomacy

The release of Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, only man convicted for the Lockerbie bombing of December 1988, continues to generate column inches. Young Dave has been pressing Pa Broon on the latter’s silence, and the presence in the background of Baron Mandelson of Indeterminate Guacamole has generated the usual speculation around the potential of interference.

The latest bizarre happening is that Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi has now thanked Pa Broon for his assistance, despite the decision being made by the Justice Secretary of the Scottish Government – not the UK one. There have been routine rejections of any suggestion that the whole business is intended to further trade between the UK and Libya, and anyone uttering the word “oil” is being looked on with severe disapproval.

The Libyan regime, however, has at least taken on board the message from Brown, delivered earlier this week, advising against celebration, with the scenes witnessed following al-Megrahi’s arrival not being repeated. Gaddafi has, though, met the freed man, with the two shown at the top of this BBC report. The window in the background has been left open.

Any suggestion that this is connected to Gaddafi’s legendary flatulence will be shown the same short shrift as further utterance of the “O” word.

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