Last night on television I watched a programme on Lockerbie. Jim Swires the father of Flora Swires who was killed in the Lockerbie disaster has been a campaigner for an enquiry into what happened for many years. Mr Swires who is now 75 went to Libya recently to find if he could get any more information on who killed his daughter. This was a very brave thing to do, Libya is still a dangerous, war-torn country. He managed in the end after many problems to meet some of government of Libya where they trying to get things slowly sorted out.He at the end met hopefully someone who may be able to help fairly high up in the goverment.Nothing was promised but he felt that they were looking into it again and would try to find the truth. I really felt for his heartbreak as he has always said that the man who was convicted of the tragedy of Lockerbie is not in his view the guilty party. The programme ended with him getting to see Abdelbaset al-Megrahi who is dying of cancer and was released by the Scottish government. Mr Swires was visually shaken after he saw him and has kept what they spoke about to his own counsel. It ended with the audience being told that Dumfries and Galloway police are re investigating the Lockerbie Disaster with the new government of Libya. It is incredible that after all we have done to assist in the “change of government” in Libya it takes a 75-year-old a very brave man, who is still mourning the loss of his daughter to bring this tragedy to our attention again”lest we forget” Our government were very proud of their intervention in Libya and you would have thought that things would be moving far faster, not only on the Lockerbie disaster but also on the shooting of the Policewoman in London many years ago.
I very much doubt if any of us could have been so forgiving or so driven as Jim Swires is, he is an incredible man and his daughter would be very proud of how he and his family conducts themselves in public.
The tragedy of Lockerbie is still hidden in secrecy and one of the last things Mr Brown’s government did was to extend the secrecy clause of what happened.I wonder will we ever find out the real truth? Time is running out for many of the families that were involved and it would be wonderful for them to have some type of closure, what or why are we hiding the truth. Mr Cameron please re look at this tragedy and tell us the truth.
Yesterday I was in Inverness and is was snowing and the snow was lying fairly low down, winter is back, it was a wet, sleety drive home and the skies were black. When it cleared across the Moray Firth the snow was very low indeed and it looks like winter is back. I am so looking forward to getting out again on the hills but have to be careful with my back and not rush it, such is life, it could be a lot worse. Have a fun weekend maybe I will get out this weekend for a wee walk, enough of the politics for a while. Be careful if you are out in the hills it looks like a fair bit of snow has fallen.