The continued slow release of information surrounding the release of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi from a Scottish Prison on compassionate grounds exemplifies the reason Politicians are distrusted by many people.
When he was released from Prison, that initial statements emanating from Scotland were met with a certain amount of scepticism, as there was a suspicion that the release had more to do with Britain developing a good relationship with Libya, as the Oil reserves in Libya have become a desirable commodity.
The American response about this being in some way demonstrating favour towards terrorist, was to be expected and typical of the country which only understood terrorism when it landed on its own doorstep.(Article on funding of the IRA).
The British Government were met with disbelief when they stated that they had played no part in any discussions, other than talking to the USA and Libya, but it was all up to the Scottish Parliament. Why speak at an official level to Libya and the USA if it was something over which they had no input?
It now transpires that the Government had commented on the fate of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, by expounding the view that they didn’t wish to see him die in prison. To pass this comment without seeing it as undue influence, is ridiculous.
More details will come out over the coming weeks and months, each drip adding more cynicism from the general public.
The country supposedly, is a Democracy, were that only true. Politicians would actually care about the effect this type of posturing has in the minds of the electorate. Sure, they may loose office, but after having run in senior political office, the offers for influential positions are already in place.
This year, as with every other year has been a constant drip of political cronyism, lies and deceit, eroding trust, connection and communication between political leadership and the electorate.
Don’t let politicians posture and lie. Insist on the truth from them and don’t accept their version of a democratic society, which they seem to believe is based on the fundamental belief, that the role of a democratically elected politician is to cover their own backside.
The fragility of this relationship appears not to have sunk in to the brains of politicians. It is time they woke up.