Lockerbie bomber's release will damange SNP's reputation, says poll

The UK public believes that the Lockerbie bomber's release and the Scottish National Party's subsequent handling of the situation will be damaging for the Scottish government.

SNP leader: Alex Salmond
SNP leader: Alex Salmond

The poll, conducted by political news website PoliticsHome found that 55 per cent of respondents believe that the reputation of the SNP administration in Scotland has been damaged.

The poll of 1,204 UK adults across the UK found that 64 per cent of Conservative supporters, 51 per cent of votors identifying with Labour and 44 per cent of Liberal Democrat respondents believed the episode would damage the SNP's reputation.

PoliticsHome co-founder Freddie Sayers said: 'The Scottish executive were counting on this being an opportunity to show independence and its ability to make difficult decisions. The trouble is that its  excitement was transparent. Kenny MacAskill's very theatrical statement came across like a man enjoying his opportunity to be statesmanlike and have a go at the UK government rather than a legal announcement.'

He added: 'The Scottish authority deliberately stirred it up and now they are paying the price. As our poll shows, most people think it will damage the reputation of the SNP.'

Scottish First Minister and SNP leader Alex Salmond spoke out in support of MacAskill's controversial decision over the weekend and said he had 'done the right thing'.

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