Apparently, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi will send his private jet to collect the Lockerbie bomber and take him home to Libya, following the news of his release this lunchtime. I find this story interesting for two reasons, the first being that recently, I was asked if I might be interested in a flying job in Libya and the second because I think there's a larger story here that we will we never find out about.
Presently, with the global demand for oil, there's been a huge effort directed towards reconciliation with the Gaddafi regime and the Americans, the same people who once tried to bomb him with F111 aircraft from UK airfields - are actively involved.
My own conspiracy theory is that Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi may well have played a leading part in the plot to down the Pan Am 747 over Lockerbie but that he was not the main player; rather, he was the 'fall-guy'. His appeal process may have uncovered rather embarrasing new information that might and I stress 'might' have compromised the rehabilitation of Libya and the securing of new oilfields. All a bit like Iraq!
So Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi is going home to die, the oil agreements remain secure and the tragedy of Lockerbie is gently filed away in our memories; a part perhaps of the politics of expediency.
Elsewhere, it looks as if Labour are still happily playing the smear game, at Westminster as well as elsewhere. It's widely reported that a government minister discussed “chasing” General Sir Richard Dannatt, the outgoing head of the Army, (who I hear is a Thanet boy?) over his expenses in an attempt to smear him.
Dannatt has been a little outspoken in asking for frivolous items from the Ministry of Defense, such as helicopters and more men and you may recall the Prime Minister being 'put on the spot' by the House of Commons Armed Forces Committee recently and making valliant efforts not to answer any of their questions on Dannat's request for err.. helicopters and troops for Afghanistan.
Am I surprised? No? Are any of us surprised? Probably not. After all, it's what we have all come to expect from a Labour Government that has lost any moral authority and public confidence in the popular currency of a 'Broken Britain'.