Two years ago, the Scottish Government released Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, the only man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, on grounds of ill health. He returned to Libya to a hero’s welcome.
Following the revolt against the Gaddafi regime, al-Megrahi’s family have been unable to give him the necessary cancer medication and have pleaded with the Scottish Government to provide it.
My first six responses to this request are, uncharacteristically I feel, “Fuck him”.
That the family have the balls to request that the country that suffered most at his hands – after the US – prolong his life, after he ended so many, feels like a massive boot to Scotland’s balls.
My seventh thought is that since we released him from prisoner on medical grounds, and continue to monitor him, we retain some duty of care. And since there were doubts around some of the evidence in his trial, it’s possible he’s just some terminal cancer sufferer who got fucked over, in more ways than one.
All that said, and while it grates against my usual moderate stance, I’m going with Response 1: “Fuck him and his balls”.