September 3rd, 2009

The Libyan Deal Makers Linked to Downing Street

Libyan Links
Guido is certain that neither compassion, the hunt for WMDs or anti-terrorism were the real motive for the release of Abdel Basset Ali Megrahi.  Money was the motive.  Big money.  The released correspondence makes it apparent that the Libyans made it clear that if Britain wanted trade contracts, including the go ahead for BP’s massive oil exploration plans, then Megrahi had to be freed. There were many players who pushed this sordid deal behind the scenes, including Lord Mandelson, but the two key insiders who helped make it happen have so far escaped close scrutiny.

butlernNick Butler is the Economic Adviser brought into Downing Street when Gordon became Prime Minister.  Prior to that he was a senior strategist for BP. He joined the firm in 1977 and helped to develop close links between BP and New Labour in the 1990s becoming V.P. for Policy and Strategy Development from 2002-2006. Butler is also a Labour loyalist who has been treasurer of the Fabian Society for more than 25 years. According to the Guardian, “Since the 1980s, Butler has maintained and extended his political and commercial connections like a model member of the ‘successor generation’. He is close to Mandelson”

markallenSir Mark Allen is a Special Adviser to BP. Before that he was the senior MI6 officer who negotiated with Seif Gaddafi to end Libya’s international isolation in 2003-04.  Allen, a noted Arabist, is a regular visitor to Tripoli on behalf of BP and another firm he advises, the Monitor Group, which has won a lucrative contract to restructure the Libyan economy. When BP’s then Chairman, Lord Browne flew to Libya to discuss oil deals, Mark Allen was on the plane with him.

Two men; one ex-BP now at the heart of government, the other  ex-MI6 and now at the heart of BP.  They oiled the wheels to release a convicted mass murderer – and now BP will make billions.  That was the deal…


112 Comments

  1. 1
    Agent 99 says:

    Gordons kippered

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  2. 3
    Man With a Very Hot Bladder says:

    Makes sense, Guido. Follow the money.

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    • 44

      How about someone following the travesty that’s called scotish justice which convicted Megrahi on very dodgy grounds. No surprise that Mandela has spoken up, he’s experienced dodgy court cases

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      • 71
        Call me Infidel says:

        Birds of a feather and all that. Mandela an ex terrorist speaking up for Al-Megrahi a convicted terrorist who’d a thunk it?

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  3. 4
    SO17 says:

    Could be a win win situation.
    labour and Gordon get boned for doing the right thing by the country for the first fucking time in 12 years.

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    • 56
      Ivor Schwartzporsche says:

      Gord works in mysterious ways. It’s oil very well but we never get cheapo petrol do we? Oh no. If it was in the British interest, I.E: to make commerce and travel cheaper for all then fair enough but it never is. Is it? So17

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  4. 6
    Anonymous says:

    The slippery fat fck of a one-eyed Scottish idiot has got away with everything else up to now, why not this ?

    The Hoon is made of Teflon, ferchrissake…..

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  5. 7
    johnny come lately. says:

    And a Gold Account for Mandleson and Brown (and Blair, of course!) In The Libyan Free Bank.

    This stinks to high heaven and Cameron should announce a full public enquiry, with a High Court Judge as Chairman and the full enquiry will take all evidence on oath!

    It is time to nail these corrupt bastuards.

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  6. 8
    The truth says:

    Game set & match – Guido !!!

    Nice one!

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  7. 9
    Dr David Kelly says:

    Seems like a nice day for a walk in the woods. Are you coming with me Guido?

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  8. 10
    Papiere - zeigen mir Ihre Papiere - schnell!!! says:

    Ach ja!!!

    Ve salute you, Herr Fawkes – but ve haf heard nothing of zis on ze BBC (Bundestag Broadcasting Corporation) – sehr strange…

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  9. 12
    Anonymous says:

    I hope you have proof Guido? remember david kelly?

    make sure you dont end up like him, very high stakes here!

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  10. 13
    Monty says:

    Well, Lord Browne got outed..connections, anyone?
    It STINKS in more ways than politics.

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  11. 14
    chronic says:

    The story will be complete when Scottish firms win lucrative BP contracts in Libya.

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    • 38
      Olly Garchy says:

      And when members of the ruling Labour elite (facing unemployment soon) transition to their high paying directorships with BP & others

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    • 69
      Ivor Schwartzporsche says:

      14 Chronic- Or the Scots just get to keep North Sea seperately?

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  12. 15
    Doodle says:

    Do the Yanks know all this? – if not they’ll be more than livid !

    Blimey!

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      balachbeag says:

      Of course the Yanks are also at the heart of it. How many people are aware that a deputation of senior US Senators were visiting Libya about a week before Megrahi returned home? This was kept very quiet by the US papers and broadcasters. The four Senators were John McCain, Joe Lieberman Susan Collins and Lindsay O’Graham. I don’t think they were there for a seaside break – oil becons! Gordon is not the only hypocrite in this affair.

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  13. 16

    [...] Guido is busy putting two and two together Check the tags before you contact the lawyers please. [...]

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  14. 17
    Sir William Waad says:

    Why would the Libyans insist on Megrahi’s release, which on the face of it doesn’t benefit them? Is it because (a) it boosts Gaddafi’s popularity (b) it makes a split between the UK and the US or (c) they like humiliating the kaffirs? If (c) why didn’t they also demand that Mandy drop his pants in public and sing Yankee Doodle Dandy?

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  15. 18
    Anonymous says:

    Send to each of them one of your infamous kosher pizzas, if you can still afford it.

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  16. 19
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    I’m not sure whether we’re supposed to approve or disapprove. If states have no allies only interests then surely we should approve.

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  17. 20
    DisgustedOfMitcham2 says:

    Well yes, we know this is the sort of thing that Mandelson would love to be involved in, but there’s still one little problem with this theory.

    How did they persuade the SNP to play along?

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    • 25
      Anonymous says:

      They did it by clearly signalling the government’s view when signing the prisoner transfer agreement that did not exclude the dying Libyan fuck.

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      • 54
        The Sleeper says:

        As someone else said in a previous post…How many other Libyans are currently held in prison here?

        If the answer is now less than 1,then you have your answer about the PTA.

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        • 61
          Anonymous says:

          except it didn’t go through on the prisoner transfer agreement which collapsed

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        • 78
          The Sleeper says:

          So what? They had established by then that they ‘did not want him to die in prison’.

          They had the SNP well and truly stitched by then.

          Releasing him on compassionate grounds was the sugar coating that allowed Brown to say “Not me Gov”.

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    • 42
      Roger me silly, Mandy Man says:

      Grease the jocks palms, simple really.
      Gay Gordon speaks the lingo!

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    • 49
      Sir William Waad says:

      No persuasion was involved. They just relied on vanity and stupidity. Vanity, in that these dim little jumped-up SNP councillors like to play the role of Government Ministers. Stupidity, in that Straw and the others neatly set up a trap for them.

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  18. 21
    Sharon Sarah-Lyke says:

    BP share price & volume of shares traded bith risen since release

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  19. 22
    tired and jaded says:

    We invaded Iraq for the sake of oil. How many people have died as a result? Releasing Megrahi is a gnat-bite compared to that, even if it is for the same motive.

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    • 111
      Cigar Smoking Man says:

      No. The Yankee invaded Iraq to maintain their arranged balance of power in the Middle East which is imperative to retaining the $ as reserve currency – to be printed at will by the Fed. “We” – and the war criminal Blair in person – provided the fig-leaf of solidarity for Bush. This Libya episode is a little mopping-up operation on the side. The Big One is yet to come, tho not at all inevitable.

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    Astonished says:

    Sorry Guido I just dont believe this. Sure Labour wanted a sordid oil and money for a terrorist deal but the SNP Government stopped the prisioner transfer deal in 2007 (I think).

    Mr MacAskill followed Scot’s Law to the letter and Megrahi was released on compassionate grounds alone.

    Anyone who suggest Gordon (northbriton) Brown has any influence over the SNP is bonkers. Brown loathes the SNP and the SNP are not too fond of him or his cabinet. And, in my opinion, Brown is simply too cowardly and stupid to finesse the SNP into doing what he wanted.

    Still I am glad he’s getting it in the neck.

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    • 29
      Arturo says:

      With the folk that Guido referred to above – they would have to be stupid not too!

      Even Brown would understand the deal!

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    • 41
      UK Lockerbie vicitims deserve a Public Inquiry says:

      You are forgetting the dropping of the appeal after Macaskill personally visited Al-Megrahi.

      That puts Macaskill in the frame for at the very least doing what the US, UK and Scottish Law Lords wanted to prevent the embarassment of an overturned verdict, CIA and UK Security Services complicity in rigging the farcical trial and then having to find the actual bomber.

      It was what the UK Lockerbie victims relatives feared the most as it leaves them with no answers still.

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      • 112
        Astonished says:

        Sorry 41, but Megrahi had already dropped the appeal BEFORE Mr MacAskill went to see him. Megrahi knows he is dying and that is why the appeal was dropped rather than left to be concluded by his death.

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    Jethro says:

    Yesterday was the 70th. Wedding Anniversary of someone I called on an hour or so ago: after six months, he was sent to ‘do his duty'; he survived Changi Jail; he looks after his wife, who has severe memory-loss; he is kind, gentle, thoughtful, good-humoured, talented…
    Why, oh why, do we end up with people at the opposite end of all such scales ‘governing’ us?
    I doubt there are many of the Ten Commandments he has broken: if there are any, I am sure he has acknowledged the breaches, and sought forgiveness.
    With those who ‘govern’ us – where does one begin?

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  22. 31
    Matthew says:

    (1) What is your evidence for any of your assertions in this piece? None? Thought so. Lay off the innuendo and stick to the facts.

    (2) It was the Scottish Government, not the UK government, which released Megrahi. Please can you explain why the Scottish Nationalists, the sworn enemies of the Scottish Labour Party of which the Prime Minister is the most prominent member, would have gone along with any of this? Even if Nick Butler and Sir Mark Allen (who are connected, judged on the information in your post, no more closely than by virtue of having both worked for a large oil firm employing tens of thousands of people) had wanted to “oil the wheels”, can you please explain how they would have encouraged the Government’s bitter political opponents to cooperate?

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    • 50
      Sir William Waad says:

      See above

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    • 58

      Matthew,

      (1) What is the evidence for your assertion that there is no evidence?
      (2) There are a lot of baubles that could be dangled in front of the SNP government. Vanity is also a possibility.

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        UK Lockerbie Relatives deserve a Public Inquiry says:

        I stinks and the fact that the Sir Mark Allen and the SIS are involved only muddies the waters as the writ of the SIS clearly extends into Scotland.

        The dropping of the appeal is the most telling fact in regards to possible compliance as an aquitted Megrahi would have solved all the SNP’s current problems and put the UK and US Government in the frame for the farcical trial.

        But that wasn’t what happened and Macaskill personally visited Megrahi to have a talk with him and then the appeal was magicaly dropped as compassionate release then went through. Why ? There are many people, not least the UK Lockerbie vicitims relatives who want an answer to that.

        But Brown self-evidently left the SNP to take all the blame for this.
        Doesn’t look like any agreement was brokered when they were twisting in the wind with Brown hiding and saying nothing while telling Scottish Labour to put the boot in.

        That doesn’t smell like a deal and Brown only said something about the release when he was forced to and more details emerged.

        But if you know what baubles could possibly have been dangled for the SNP to co-operate in this please let us know Guido. That would be valuable evidence to consider and not mere supposition.

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      • 89
        Matthew says:

        Asserting the existence of conspiracies about oil is normally territory occupied by the battier fringes of the left, so it surprises me that you seem to endorse this one. To answer your points:

        (1) Your argument appears to be:
        (a) Some bloke who works for Gordon Brown used to work for BP.
        (b) Some bloke who used to work for MI6 now works for BP.
        (c) BP is keen to get at Libyan oil.
        (d) Therefore there was a massive conspiracy between the British and Scottish Governments to help BP do an oil deal with Libya.

        That strikes me as a massive non-sequitur. I don’t think I’ve missed any points of substance in your argument. Can you help me understand how you got from a-c to d? It isn’t clear to me right now.

        (2) The only bauble that Alex Salmond is interested in is Scottish independence. There’s not much point trying to argue against someone who believes that people who palpably loathe one another are actually cosy in private. If you think it is plausible that Alex Salmond would happily have his tummy tickled by Gordon Brown, then it is your credibility on the block.

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      • 97
        Anonymous says:

        Innuendo isn’t evidence – so one man used to work for BP and another worked for MI6 – I hope you never sit on a jury where I’m on trial if you consider that proof that a deal was done to release a dying prisoner and secure an oil deal. Could Guido do an investigation of the Libyan oil industry and tell us if they are actually capable of developing their oil fields or could it be that they need outside help from an oil company, like say BP?

        Where’s the evidence of the baubles?

        WE WANT FACT NOT THIS CRAP

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    • 63

      If the Prime Minister is so utterly unimportant to the SNP and their Justice Minister’s decisions, why did he express the opinion, in an official letter, that he didn’t want Megrahi to “pass away” in prison? It seems like an odd thing to say if it’s absolutely nothing to do with him and he has no influence whatsoever.

      Has our beloved Prime Minister expressed opinions on Bernie Madoff or Allen Stanford? I suspect not.

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    • 65
      The Sleeper says:

      “Lay off the innuendo and stick to the facts.”

      Perhaps Mr Brown could take some of your advice.

      Who controls Foreign Policy for the UK? ..The Scottish Government?..thought not.

      How does a Government that wants to close a huge oil deal do it,when a devolved body has responsibility for Justice in another part of the Country..and are your worst political enemy?

      ..Let it be known that you don’t want the prisoner to die in jail (knowing that the devolved body also agrees with that),thus appeasing Libya,and setting up your foe.Then when the Scottish Government does the deed,you hold your hands up and say..”Not me Gov”,when the World goes into apoplectic rage.

      Result?..you get your deal,and blame the Scots for the release.

      Simples.

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    • 66

      Matthew -socialist tool.

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    • 100
      Don't take the shots says:

      Jack Straw gave the game away when he said that terminally ill Roni Biggs would die in prison, then less than 2 weeks later, another massive Liebor U TURN. It would be hard to justify the release of a terminally ill mass murderer terrorist (allegedly) when you have just declined the release of a terminally ill folk hero (allegedly) great train robber who killed no one.

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  23. 32
    streamfisher says:

    I think the machinations ultimately revolve around M.P. s seats in marginal constituencies, Oil and Defence contracts, not to be confused with any ethical or moral considerations, meanwhile Mr Brown stays aloof, he dare not visit the U.S.A, reckon he could be refused entry as an undesirable alien anyway, witness visit to the troops in Afghanistan to avoid attending Ted Kennedy funeral.

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  24. 33
    Ratsniffer says:

    The sick stench of the rotting Nulabour cadaver gets more nausiating by the day. Hurry and cover it in quicklime, and bury it for good.

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    This looks pretty bad for Brown. He has denied any dishonesty, but did say, in official documents, that he didn’t want Megrahi to “pass away” in jail.

    If you didn’t want someone to die in jail, but they were in fact dying (as Megrahi has been for some time), that must mean you wanted them to be released. How else could a dying man not die in jail?

    (Alan Sugar is a stupid man and the British libel laws are ridiculous.)

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  27. 39
    The Beast of Clerkenwell says:

    At least the Colonel stood by his employee
    Can any of you imagine McMental, Blair or Little Lord Fondleboy doing the same?
    At least Gadaffi surrounds himself with beautiful women rather than boys, be interesting to see the photos he has of Mc Mental and little Lord Fondleboy enjoying some tradional Arabic “hospitality”

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  28. 40
    Minge says:

    Is that haddock I can smell from SW1?

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  29. 43
    Chief Cashier says:

    Now why couldn’t Mandelson have come out and said this, instead of denying everything. The man is a compulsive liar, which is why Gordon brought him in from the cold in the first place. Get some BP shares now! seems to be the order of the day. Capitalism at its best.

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  30. 46
    Gorgon's Grooming Guru says:

    Look lads, Bliar made his mint.

    It’s only fair that Gorgon makes his. And he’s got to take of his future.

    How about trusting us?

    All the kids do, – but we’ve been grooming them longer.

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  31. 47
    Vote vote vote for Jacqui says:

    Was McSnottgobbler the only one to reach Dusty Springfield?

    “The only boy who could ever reach me was the son of a Manse man.”

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  32. 48
    Bee Pee says:

    There is a link to this made on the Guardian’s Comment page.

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  33. 53
    Fondlebum's finger says:

    I can search out your prozzy – and then you’re all mine – ’til I discharge you.

    Now who runs the country?

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  34. 60

    Nice piece of research, GF. Do please keep your distance from woods and windows.

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  35. 62
    tony blair says:

    so what?

    so what were brown and mandy promised in return?

    seats on the board of bp?
    gordies brother is at edf……

    remember nigel lawson got a nice job at barclays £250,000 a year for 2 days a week ffs!

    mandy will take money from anyone so no scruples there.

    i have just been sucking larry ellisons cock.he is a billionaire you know.

    poor gordon.Obama wouldnt even let him play kiss chase!

    ps.what’s an arabist?

    someone that loves arabs in a manly way?

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  36. 75
    caesars wife says:

    cracking post fawkes , remember the board room spat when the chairman was ousted ?

    Ruins classic clip on having debate (presentaion) but ducking TV debate , cabinet meeting today not that you would realise it , you can hear them stuffing his jacket with all the crap so that they look better in the days to come , was nae me . No one is backing him .

    as it is re launch 27 must be getting a little nervous in labour as core vote damage mitigation is giving way , as I said before the fracturing is now taking place in labours core vote , and once gone labour will be done and busted , they will just have so much to thank broons coup genius for.

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    Max says:

    Racking my substantial brains here; I think the appeal was problematic ie neither yanks nor brits wanted certain things airing plus time not on the dying man’s side. The transfer of prisoners route was ideal because the guy is still a prisoner, innit? So no loss of McDoom face and an outside chance of keeping the yanks on board. The appeal could be delayed on procedural stuff maybe till the prisoner croaked.

    But the SNP government had already said no to the transfer of prisoner route and it was in their jurisdiction. McDoom needed him released and fast with no appeal and not via the transfer route so there HAD to have been a guiding hand here and clearly the appeal withdrawal was negotiated by the scots on behalf of the brits, so…

    Vanity satisfied because the scots could say “we were not pushed about by the brits and he was released on our terms not theirs” but that cannot have been enough.

    There must be more to come; either moolah via BP “investment” in Scotland and SNP/ZNL scrap over the resulting votes fair and square or ZNL soften massively on the issue of devolution (an irrelevant issue to pragmatist supreme Lord Mandy surely as a fan of the EUSSR?).

    I think a call from Mandy to Salmond is wot won it. Betcha.

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    Agent 99 says:

    I was told by a Libyan I worked with many years ago that Gadaffy had a saying. This in affect was that Libya was a small grain of sand in the great desert but that small grain of sand if placed properly can seriously affect the entire engine. Never quite understood that back in the 70’s but I certainly do now. Gadaffy hasen’t changed he’s just playing one off against the other and suceeding really well. He’s sitting in his tent laughing his socks off right now and rubbing it in by putting it on a big screen for all to see.

    By the way one of Gadaffys other tricks is to offer camel milk to his guests. Best to decline as those not used to it end up farting like a steam train.

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  39. 87

    With the very greatest respect, from a long time reader Guido, this story is utter mince. It was the Scottish Justice Minister who took the decision when there was no political expediency for him to do so. He is an SNP Justice Minister and owes the likes of Brown and Mandelson nothing.

    The fact of the matter, much as it doesn’t suit your agenda to acknowledge it, is that he took the decision he considered the correct one and released a terminally ill man to die at home, on compassionate grounds.

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    • 93
      barefootcontessa says:

      Scottish Politics, I like to think you are right, but why was the appeal dropped? Is there a good explanation for this?

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  40. 88
    barefootcontessa says:

    What had the Americans, the UK government, and/or the Scots have to lose by having an appeal?

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  41. 90
    Lawless says:

    Is letting him go for oil such a bad thing? I’d rather have the oil than the tax burden frankly. Some things are bigger than justice.

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    • 94
      Agent 99 says:

      Now change places and put on that flight your father/mother / young daughter excited going home for christmas and you are standing at the airport to welcome her……………..then the sign comes up on the big arrival board that says ‘delayed’

      still feel the same now?

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      • 106
        Lawless says:

        I don’t doubt that were I personally involved I may feel differently. However, the government has a larger responsibility to secure the long term future of 61 million people… it’d be crass to jeopardise our oil supply simply because of some terrible tragic deaths. I admit I’m being very utilitarian, but in the long run this is far more in our interest.

        Also, I wonder (though I can’t be sure) whether I’d rather resent the death of a loved one being used in a totemic way to impede something I consider an economically necessitous move. In some respects, failure to release him would have done far more harm than he initially did on that flight (if, indeed, it was he), and would thus cast the net of his terror further.

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        • 107
          P1 says:

          Another factor is that there’s also the nagging doubt that this Libyan chap had anything to do with the bombing anyway. The trial was at the very least, odd, and the prospect of the verdict being found unsafe or even fixed would be too much for the government to bear.

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    Agent 99 says:

    So as not to take ones eye of the ball did anyone notice these little titbits creeping in under the radar. Britain of course is best placed amongst the industrial nations to withstand the recession. Now who said that?

    Britain to stay in recession as world recovers… but Darling says we must keep on spending

    OECD: UK’s will be last major economy to recover
    Britain to shrink in 3rd quarter as others bounce back

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1210862/We-carry-spending-recession-warns-Darling.html#ixzz0Q3u6w3Nh

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  43. 95
    Agent 99 says:

    BREAKING NEWS

    Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth’s parliamentary aide resigns over Afghanistan

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    Anonymous says:

    raise your game Guido, stop jumping on the bandwagon to condem his release.

    He was no more proven guilty of the crime, then that other miscarriage of justice the PC Yvonne Fletcher murder.

    There is plenty of information out there showing complicity of the UK, USA governments.

    Its all rather nice that his appeal just floats away…

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  45. 102
    Anonymous says:

    just one more thing….with Cameron profaining to be agahst.

    time will tell if he opens up the enquiry to find who carried out the bombing (Lockerbie) that is!

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    [...] by Allen for BP Deal Over Megrahi The Times this morning has followed up on Guido’s story about the involvement of Sir Mark Allen, the ex-MI6 point man for Libya turned BP fixer in the [...]

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    [...] Times this morning has followed up on Guido’s story about the involvement of Sir Mark Allen, the ex-MI6 point man for Libya turned BP fixer in the [...]

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    [...] reading this, I suppose that this news should come as no surprise, it should also come as no surprise that the [...]

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