Given the huge controversy, it seems very odd to say that I don’t really have an opinion on the decision to release Libyan terrorist Megrahi from prison. If we choose to release people from prison on compassionate grounds, (and I am not entirely convinced we should), then we should at least treat everyone objectively and let someone whose job it is to use his judgement on these things to make the decision with the facts that he has in front of him. I don’t envy the decision that Kenny MacAskill had to make, but it was his decision and whichever one he made he would be criticised.
But what does anger me is those Americans who now want to boycott Scottish goods. As one writer in today’s Metro said, (and this is a paper whose letters page I would not normally use as a source of considered opinion), Scotland is a country whose soldiers are currently fighting alongside Americans in Afghanistan, and who are fighting alongside them as a result of united revulsion against an atrocity against their country and its people. To say that Scotland is anti-American and doesn’t care about terrorist acts against the USA is wrong.
You may not agree with Kenny MacAskill’s decision, but he had to make one, it may not have been the right one, but it must have been a very difficult decision to make. But please don’t use it to condemn a whole country that has been a good ally for many years.