The Government's call to Libya not to celebrate the first anniversary of the release of convicted Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbasset Ali al-Megrahi, illustrates the feebleness of ministers' position.
In truth, they have no power over how Libya treats al-Megrahi, jailed in 2001 for his role in the 1988 bombing.
Well, which is it, is it being feeble or is it powerless? Either the UK Goverment has power to act and is acting feebly in doing so or it is powerless and consequently denied the opportunity to interject, feebly or otherwise. (The answer is, of course, the latter)
The Prime Minister has made clear that he believes al-Megrahi's release last year on compassionate grounds, because of terminal cancer, was a mistake. That is not cutting much ice with US senators now investigating the release.
The Prime Minister has stated that the release was a mistake but that would suggest an oversight, an error or a misjudgement. There has been none of these things and while Cameron is within his rights to disagree with MacAskill's decision, which was taken in good faith and for the right reasons, he does not have the right to unequivocally label a meticulously undertaken decision something that that it patently is not.
The decision by Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill to release al-Megrahi was extraordinary.
It was not extraordinary, far from it. It was a straightforward decision, in line with Scots Law that many a Justice Secretary has taken before and many will take again in the future.
There is scarcely a British precedent for early release on any grounds of a prisoner convicted of such serious crimes: 270 people were killed.
Has there ever been any UK prisoner that has been accused of killing so many people? What comparison can one reasonably make here?
But what the affair really illustrates is the oddness of Britain's devolution settlement, and the inability of a Scottish Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, to see how ludicrous it looks to the rest of the world.
Devolution is odd? Interesting. Two in three Scots are in favour of it you know. Do go on.
Any decision on al-Megrahi was clearly a matter of national security, both because he was an international terrorist and because his case was of major interest to our most important ally (most of those who died were American).
How on earth, if Libya and the UK are now friendly nations, can the release of a solitary dying man be "clearly a matter of national security". And to suggest that American interests should have played a part in the Justice Secretary's decision-making process displays a grotesque misunderstanding of how due process should unfold.
For ministers to argue that it was nothing to do with them, because they had handed over power to a few toytown Scottish politicians, was incomprehensible to the Obama administration.
Toytown politicians? Such a sneering condescension from this Tory rag of a paper barely merits a response.
As for "handed over power" to Holyrood, the Evening Standard clearly doesn't even understand that, had this decision been required pre-devolution, then it still would've been taken under Scots Law and north of the border. Schoolboy error.
That Mr Brown could not see how frankly silly his excuses looked is testimony to his and the Labour Party's long and disproportionate obsession with Scottish issues.
There is little that the Government can now do about the affair, beyond Mr Cameron's sympathetic noises in Washington last month. Ministers should, however, consider whether devolved powers as they now stand risk embarrassing and weakening the UK again in future.
There we go, Scotland is embarrassing the rest of the UK for having the nerve to make its own decisions for itself. Threatening to remove devolved powers that don't even apply in this instance just sums it up for me - the jaw-dropping misunderstanding and contempt that Scotland is held with by many of those south of the border.
I've held this back from the blog for a while now but I've had a few so fuck it. In the short space of time that I've been down here in London, to everyone that's mentioned Jockland or deep frying everything or 'Oh, how weird, I can understand you' or 'you Scotch should know your place' (as the Evening Standard is effectively saying here), do me a favour and shove it up your arse.
Right. Up. Your. Arse.
Note - For those who think the Megrahi debacle may harm the SNP's chances at the Holyrood election, hold onto your hats for this weekend as a very good poll for the Nats is in the offing...