Paul McBride, prominent QC and an advisor to the Conservative party, launched an astonishing tirade including serious allegations against SNP Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill on the BBC’s Politics Show Scotland which was broadcast on Sunday 13th December
McBride’s comments followed a discussion on the release of Al Megrahi on compassionate grounds earlier this year.
McBride was asked his views on the release when he launched a quite astonishing attack that included claims that Megrahi was “still going strong”, that MacAskill “won’t tell us how strong he’s going” and that MacAskill had “never troubled himself to find out”.
However McBride may have overstepped the mark when he appeared to suggest that MacAskill would be happy to see Megrahi live for another year and might even send congratulations on his birthday.
McBride says on the programme:
“He shouldn’t have been released, he’s still alive, he’s well past his three month deadline now, he’s still going strong by all accounts. Although Kenny MacAskill won’t tell us how strong he’s going.”
“Apparently he’s never troubled himself to find out and we’re heading towards the Lockerbie anniversary.”
“And it will be very interesting if in a years time as we head toward the Holyrood election if he [MacAskill] is going to congratulate Mr Megrahi on reaching another milestone on his birthday.....I hope not.”
The broadcasting of such views and accusations are likely to cause embarrassment at BBC Scotland who were recently forced to apologise to the SNP’s Alex Neil following a broadcast by BBC reporter Catriona Renton.
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