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A Time for Reflection.

 
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Iain McKie



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 10:24 pm    Post subject: A Time for Reflection.  Reply with quote

I was privileged to attend at the Scottish parliament today with Jim Swire to  hear the Very Rev Patrick Keegans, Former Parish Priest of Holy Trinity Church, Lockerbie reflect on the Lockerbie disaster in the weekly ‘Time for Reflection’.

This moving and heartfelt oration can be viewed at:

http://www.holyrood.tv/popup.asp?...ve/time_for_reflection_171208.wmv

Father Keegans was in Sherwood Crescent with his mother when Pan Am Flight 103 ploughed into Lockerbie killing all 259 people on board and a further 11 on the ground.

Unfortunately since attending today’s event  I have become more and more troubled by the fact that despite the ’Time for Reflection’ being published as Parliamentary business only a handful of MSP’s could apparently be bothered attending and Father Keegans was left to address a near empty chamber.

This utterly pathetic turnout of our political leaders to remember the 20th anniversary of the worst terrorist atrocity ever to take place on the British mainland is to my mind inexcusable.

Perhaps I have got this out of perspective but today I felt ashamed to be a Scot and will have to ponder on why so few of our political leaders saw fit to gather together and honour the memory of those who perished in this tragedy and offer comfort to those left behind to suffer and struggle on with their lives.

All I saw in the Scottish parliament today was a mirror image of the cynicism and self interest that has infected so many of our British political and justice institutions and I was shocked and saddened.

A 'Time for Reflection' indeed.
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Lydia



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sad and insensative as this seems I would be interested to find out what they were doing and did the First Minister attend.
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Big Wullie



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing much has changed despite all the cases of the past.

No lessons have been learnt

No knowledge acquired at-all.

Sounds as if it has been treated with the same contempt shown to the Silent Walk by Mr MacAskill and what a shame.

It really knocks on the head any chance of Truth and Reconciliation when Government Ministers can't even be bothered to make an effort.

We must remember that Father Keegans is now supporting Megrahi hence the "Culture" to Ignore him.

We all know what happened to the experts who spoke out in support of Shirley.
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Lydia



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't know that willie
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PeterCherbi



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 12:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Iain - Yes, this does seem quite a sad reflection on Scotland .. no matter who Father Keegans supports or not, the right thing to do would have been to attend, but alas, some msps it would seem, would rather spend their time bartering for an extra mortgage allowance than attending an event in the Parliament or being seen to perform their 'duty' to the rest of us.

Sadly, a priest's impassioned plea for a touch of humanity, a child's cry for help or the bombing of an airliner and mass murder on our soil merits a second position to money - wave money in the face of most politicians, even if it comes from fraudulent business empires, and they soon come running as we have recently seen at Holyrood, and in the Government' itself ...

With the anniversary coming up on December 21, no doubt there will be events which certain politicians may attend, deeming them to be more advantageous in terms of PR and spin than Fr Keegans visit to the Parliament might 'have done them. I would imagine a few memos are floating around in not so many words ...

Big Wullie ... I agree with your assessment, nothing has been learned, and there doesn't seem to be the will to learn any lessons on the part of many, but not all msps. I would hope for the minority in the Parliament to form a group themselves and speak out .. for all our sakes. Surely something along those lines could be achieved ?

Justice, Injustice, and the needless suffering of people has to be a cross party issue which could bring at least a handful of msps on their own together to do something or at least make some noise which might shake a few twigs of injustice loose ..
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Iain McKie



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Peter,

Feeling a little less jaundiced about everything today. The following day's  Scotsman article showed that Father Keegan's words had an impact that probably will travel far beyond the parliament's walls.

http://news.scotsman.com/latestne...ered-Priest-tells-MSPs.4803620.jp

As we have often suggested without political support fighting injustice can become impossible. While, for me,  the New Year will be dominated by the Fingerprint Inquiry perhaps we can all help in laying the foundations for a more just society.

Hopefully we can address the issue of how this can be done more effectively  in 2009.

Best wishes,

Iain

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