Nae Haggis For You!
One wee (if I may defer to my ethnic heritage) quibble:
The thought is that there is a section of opinion that is, perversely, rather keener on being friends with the likes of Colonel Gaddafi, than it is on nurturing our relations with our main and most important ally.
Get that? It's either Libya or our American friends.
He [Gadaffi] gave up his nuclear and chemical weapons programmes, too, and over the years has been rewarded with handshakes from Condoleezza Rice, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
Michael Portillo  in the Sunday Times - as Matthew commented on the previous post, a very strange article. Funny how that perverse section of opinion which wanted to nurture our relations with Colonel Gadaffi included Tony Blair and a US Secretary of State.
I'll say that I don't really understand the heat this has generated. It seems to be OK for the US to have contracts with Libya (boycott whisky and haggis, fine, but boycott oil? are you nuts?), and it's OK to shake hands with the Colonel, but release a dying man? Och, that's terrible.
To paraphrase Elvis Costello, "It won't make it even, it won't bring [them] back."
 For more on the lovely Michael, see Chris Brooke for a refresher on his tact and political acumen back when he had at least some influence.