When Scotland released the Lockerbie bomber, the UK Labour government made all sorts of noises that they did not approve at all, but that the decision was out of their hands.
Oh really. Although it may be oversimplifying the situation to say the Labour government directly approved the release, leaked letters indicate that at the very least the government relented and allowed for the release in return for Libyan oil.
My reason for commenting is I expect a firestorm against Labour for this. It appeared they were heading for a big defeat in the next election. No telling how bad it will be now. PM Gordon Brown may not last until then. And whether the Labour Party as we know it survives the election is an open question. Yes, I think the situation is now that bad for Labour.