File it under the ‘I just don’t get that …’ category.
I don’t get that British PM, Gordon Brown, is so quick to praise whenever that praise will reflect well on him. Yet so slow to speak out in the face of injustice. It embarrasses my country.
“There was no conspiracy, no cover up, no double dealing, no deal on oil, no attempt to instruct Scottish ministers,” he said.
For instance it seems Mr. Brown is very keen on tennis and in particular on Scottish tennis star, Andy Murray. At least judging by his recent praise of the English-loathing Scot (see: The Prime Minister Praises Andy Murray).
And our Mr Brown is especially fond of the odd soccer match or two too. See here, Gordon Brown praises England team after Croatia victory , where he’s all over the English football team after they beat Croatia and qualify for the soccer World Cup in South Africa.
Yet, when a politician’s touch was really needed. When his own Scotland was being butchered in the global press for releasing Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrah, where was his input?
Where was our Mr Brown then? No praise. No condemnation. Just the sound of crickets in the night, whispering gently over a field of Scottish barley. Silence.
Except of course for this, Qaddafi Hugs Lockerbie Bomber, Praising ‘Friend’ Gordon Brown. So at least Mr Brown has one admirer.
A week later. Yes a week. Mr Brown finally came out with this: Brown condemns welcome for Libyan bomber.
Now note exactly what is being condemned here; the welcome party. Not the premature release of a convicted mass murderer. Not the affront to justice. Not even the pain and suffering caused to relatives and friends of the victims. No. Mr. Brown condemns the welcome.
On the rest he is silent; except to claim it wasn’t his decision to make. Really? Then why say this? Minister let slip that Gordon Brown would not want Megrahi to die in prison.
Any how exactly is Britain in the constitutional position where the leader of Parliament and the country is subservient to the court of a Union nation? And if the Scottish, Welsh and Irish have this voice, who then speaks for England in that regard?
It turns out what I mostly don’t get is whether Mr Brown is a liar, a coward … or simply, as so often happens, a man promoted beyond his capabilities.
In time we will get our chance to express an opinion at the ballot box. For now we can only cringe.