Earlier this week, we pointed out that our British friends were talking about the indictment of the NatWest 3 as if it had something to do with the Iraq war. Psychologically, the two had become linked, demonstrating that America was out of control and that the UK had some how become subservient to our rampages.
That sounded a little paranoid. Even far-fetched. So we were glad to see confirmation in the Scotsman that this really is the way some Mud Islanders think about things. It’s all here—an irrational America, an acquiescent UK, the Middle East, the jailed bankers. Somehow all connected in the murky mind of writer Stephen Jardine.
The Middle East lies at the heart of the tension. Traditionally, Britain follows its own agenda in the area but as chaos continues in Iraq, in policy terms we're now increasingly tied to America's coat tails throughout the region. And even here at home, no-one is safe from harm. What Uncle Sam wants, he gets.
This week I've been in Texas interviewing the Scots businessman caught up in the collapse of America's biggest corporation. Gary Mulgrew and two colleagues allegedly took part in illegal transactions linked to Enron while they worked in Britain for the NatWest Bank.
Any crime was substantially committed here but that didn't stop America applying for extradition. Even though the United States hasn't yet ratified the treaty, the British Government happily handed the NatWest Three over on the basis of the charges made, but no evidence.
It's US and them . . and Bush to blame [The Scotsman]