British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Original Post Date: 8-25-09
Subject: The Lockerbie Bomber's early Release
On Wednesday 21 December 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was destroyed by a bomb, killing all 243 passengers and 16 crew members. Eleven people in Lockerbie, southern Scotland, were killed as large sections of the plane fell in and around the town, bringing total fatalities to 270. As a result, the event has been named by the media as the Lockerbie Bombing.
In 2001, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, a Libyan, and is referred to as the Lockerbie bomber was convicted of involvement in the bombing and sentenced to life imprisonment. On 20 August 2009, the Scottish Government released him on compassionate grounds to return to Libya as he was suffering from terminal prostate cancer and had a life expectancy of less than 3 months. Source: Wikipedia
There had been growing anger
over Prime Minister Gordon Brown's silence on the matter, and the transcript below is from a press conference where the
first he talked of it.
There had been growing anger over Prime Minister Gordon Brown's silence on the matter, and the transcript below is from a press conference where the first he talked of it.
The reporter’s speech reversals seem to be callous. It would appear that the loss of 270 lives by a terrorist, and his early release for “compassionate” reasons, as the Scottish Government has put it, means nothing to him. By contrast P. M. Brown reversals seem to indicate his thoughts are with the victims, and not for the terrorist.
Brackets [ ] indicate where the reversal occurs. Click on the MP3 to hear the reversal.
Sky News 8-25-09
Reporter for Sky News:
...Prime Minister I have to ask you about the release of the Lockerbie bomber. Why have you remained silent on this issue until now? What if any was [the involvement of the U.K. Gov]ernment in his release? And we've seen an angry response from Washington. What is the position of the British Government?
Does the British Government to you, think it was the right thing, [or the wrong thing] to release this man?
Prime Minister Gordon Brown:
My, [My first thoughts have been with the fam]ilies of the victims of the Lockerbie bombing. and I have to tell you that I was both angry and I was repulsed by the reception that a convicted bomber guilty of a huge terrorist crime received on his return to Libya.
When I met Coronel Gaddafi over the summer, [I made it absolutely clear to him] that we had no role in making the decision about Megrahi's future.
Microphone Gaff Just Days before the Election
Original Post Date: 4-29-10
Gordon Brown had an encounter with a woman on the street. He was surrounded by the media. He had a body microphone on to help the media record his conversations while campaigning about. After finishing his conversation with the woman, he entered his awaiting vehicle. The microphone was still on while in the car and he can be heard being annoyed haven talked with the woman, and calling the woman a bigot.
It would appear that during the radio interview, by one of his reversals, he knows his actions are hurting his chances to win the election. Further it would seem by one of his reversals he was perfectly aware that the mic. was still on. And he knew what he had to say in the vehicle would be used in the media creating a stir. Could it be he is purposefully self-sabotaging his chances of being re-elected?
ITN News 4-28-10
(Radio Host: A microphone picked you up saying that was a very bigoted woman. Is that what you said?)
I apologize if I've said anything like that. What I think she was raising with me was an issue about immigration in saying that there were too many people from Eastern Europe in the country. And I do apologi[ze if I've said anything that has been uh] hurtful, and I will apologize to her personally.
from the vehicle.)
(Recording from the vehicle.)
Should never have put me with that woman. Who's Idea was that?
(Unknown Male: I don't know I didn't see her.)
[Let's see that thing]. It's just ridiculous.
(Unknown Male: I'm not sure that they'll go with that one.)
[They will go with it].
(Unknown Male: What did she say?)
Everything. She's just a bigoted woman.