Release by Scottish officials of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the notorious Lockerbie bomber, adds one more problem to the enormous plate of issues Prime Minister Gordon Brown must deal with in order to restore his popularity. He told a media conference in no uncertain terms, “I was both angry and repulsed by the reception that a convicted bomber guilty of huge terrorist crime received on his return to Libya.” He insisted the decision to release was entirely the responsibility of Scottish officials. His comments came after days of angry comments by Conservative opponents for his silence on the release.
Behind the scene disputes continue as Scottish officials are preparing to release documents from the Brown government to them regarding a proposed prisoner release agreement between Libya and the UK government. Frankly, no one knows at this time if there was a connection between the release of the mass murderer and some Libyan action for his return.
Regardless of how this plays out, it is still another strikeout at the plate of public opinion for Gordon Brown.