Right -v- Wrong
Scottish justice system -v- the rest of the world
Whatever decision Kenny MacAskill finally makes, he is going to be wrong. And he has no-one to blame beyond the Scottish Government who have been instrumental in raising the profile of the prisoner swap over the past few years, and creating the atmosphere that we find today.
The hare has started running, and it can't be stopped.
I must admit to having an underlying bias when I think about Lockerbie, as I used to drive through and past the town regularly when I worked on the mainland, and because I know that if the plane had stayed in the air for another 30 minutes, it would have come down in Stornoway.
We are not going to get the truth from yet another investigation; as what we have got to date is only part of the truth. But will that matter?
It is clear that the whole affair is political - for which read being driven by big oil companies - but the handling of the matter by Kenny MacAskill is utterly inept.
A murderer is a murderer is a murderer. You don't go and visit one and not the rest when you are considering their case; possibly compromising your position.
The US bitterly oppose the prisoner transfer; Mandelson has an 'unexpected' meeting with Gadaffi's son whilst on holiday in Corfu; the promises to look at the case were made long ago and cannot be unmade.
For once the SNP are utterly wrong-footed and utterly exposed on this issue with them having sole responsibility for whatever happens.
But is there a right way forward?
Not from where we are today. This matter should have been dealt with in a low profile way until such time as a decision as very close to being made, and then that decision should have been explained and debated in Parliament.
With a decision supposedly being made within 2 weeks, with the Parliament in recess, you have all the makings of a decision being implemented and present to Parliament on its return. That course of action will cause a spectacular row, and quite right too, and do serious damage to the reputation of Ministers, the Scottish Government and the reputation of the Scottish justice system.
And that - sadly - is where we are going.