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Sunday, September 04, 2011

Labour's treachery over Gaddafi

By far the most concerning news to emerge today has nothing to do with Alistair Darling. It is the revelations regarding the previous Labour Government's relationship with Gaddafi's Libya.

The Mail on Sunday publishes details of secret documents found in the British Ambassador's residence, which show the extent to which Labour misled us over the controversial release of the Lockerbie bomber.

They say that whilst in public senior Ministers from the last Labour Government and the Scottish First Minister insisted that the terminally ill Abdelbaset Al Megrahi was freed on compassionate grounds in a decision taken by Scottish Ministers alone, the papers show that Westminster buckled under pressure from Colonel Gaddafi, who threatened to ignite a 'holy war' if Megrahi died in his Scottish cell.

Other revelations include:

Surely this is more damaging for Labour than anything that is in the former Chancellor of the Exchequer's book.
Do you really think it was just Labour? And does this not show that the powers that be are locked into a cycle of deception and illegality? That NO government statement can be trusted. That the media are happy to go along with these lies; that most of what we read about current events is spin?
Your inference about al-Megrahi isn't true. The Libyans warned the UK Government to release al-Megrahi, and it has been confirmed that the then Labour cabinet wanted him released. The decision however wasn't in their hands. The Scottish Government has already disclosed that they were not offered any economic or diplomatic incentives to release al-Megrahi. The Independent's coverage makes that alot more clear than the Daily Mail does.

The rest of course, is all fact.
Actually, I happen to know for a fact that British intelligence services have trained their Libyan counter parts - this stems from a conversation I had with a member of the Defence Intelligence Service. Of course, this was a year ago and back when Gaddaffi was still one of the good guys.
This, and the revelations from Human Rights Watch in the Independent earlier, make you wonder what Moussa Koussa has on Libya's dealings with the previous Conservative administration.
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