The decision of the Scottish government to release the Lockerbie bomber who is dying of prostate cancer has been very controversial in the UK. Readers may not be aware of the strange governmental set up in Scotland. The British parliament devolved government responsibility to Edinburgh some years ago, so that a parliament there makes its own decisions about many things without asking the British government's permission. In reality Scotland is a lot more socialist than England; were it not for Scottish votes, we would never have a socialist government in England. Scotland has long had its own law which is different from the rest of the country. The ruling party in Scotland is the Scottish National Party made up of defectors from the Labor party who felt the leadership was too right wing, while the Labor party, which is the party of government in Westminster is the chief opposition party in Scotland. It is highly unlikely that the Labor party had anything to do with the release of the Libyan and it has been heartily condemned by the Scottish Labor party. Gordon Brown could do nothing to prevent it any more than Obama could.
Most English people are appalled by the Scottish decision. But then the Scots are a law unto themselves. They have already implemented several domestic policies that cost a lot of money and the English have had to pay for them. When the Tories are elected next year they would do well to stop Scottish MPs from voting on matters that purely affect the English. The Scots haven't been popular in England since Mel Gibson made Braveheart - a complete travesty of history.
Americans are justifiably angry at the release and some are planning a boycott of Scottish goods. Perhaps that is justified though there is no justification in boycotting English goods. However they should remember that an awful lot of Scottish soldiers have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. An independent Scotland would almost certainly cancel Trident (British nuclear subs are based in Scottish ports) and withdraw their troops from foreign wars.