Today the SNP government confirmed that in order to seek support for the decision to release Megrahi on compassionate grounds it had sought to win support from well known humanitarian and international human rights activist Donald Trump. Mr Trump was sent an email with a draft statement supporting the decision for him to issue.
Occasionally I write satirical things on this blog. The following statement from Alex Salmond’s press spokesman is genuine. I haven’t altered any of it.
“As is well known, the Scottish Government took an important decision to release Abdelbasset Al Megrahi on compassionate grounds, a decision made in good faith.
“We were perfectly entitled to hope for support from international stakeholders. Indeed Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, among many others around the world, supported this decision. We understand Mr Trump did not support this decision which was entirely up to him.”
Hang on. Read that again.
“We were perfectly entitled to hope for support from international stakeholders. Indeed Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, among many others around the world, supported this decision. We understand Mr Trump did not support this decision”
The implication of this is that the approach to Trump was because he was, no, he is an international stakeholder apparently. But a stakeholder in what?
And the implication that the support of Trump is worth mentioning as qualitatively similar to the support of Nobel laureates Mandela and Tutu. Why surely this Trump will be a shoo-in for the Nobel Peace prize later this month. A man of high standing and principle, and vision. Why clearly he is the obvious man to ask to support a quasi-judicial decision in a compassionate release application. If only Donald could be emailed a statement for approval prior to each compassionate release. Surely our country would be a wiser one. And a better place.
The spokesman then swiftly moves on to a string of other things
“Whether it is attacking the RSPB or claiming the Ministry of the Defence answers to the Scottish Government, the comments from the Trump Organisation are becoming increasingly bizarre. No amount of foot stamping will change the fact that the application for the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre will be considered on its merits and a decision made by Scottish Ministers following full and thorough consideration of all issues relevant to the application.”
Well, so what? That’s important – but from the government that screwed up the planning system by calling in an application when the applicant had a power to appeal (for the first time ever – a ministerial decision that remains unprecedented) – this is just distraction. The magician’s sleight of hand.
But when you ignore the waving hands the central issue remains.
They wrote to Donald sodding Trump for support on this decision.
Someone from Alex Salmond’s office sent an email to Trump seeking his approval and support for a decision in Scotland’s criminal justice system. Why did no-one in Salmond’s office think that that was a bit odd?
I mean, Donald sodding Trump.
Salmond’s office wrote to Donald sodding Trump for approval and support on a criminal justice matter.
What a fine way to run a country.