It seems we are now expected to swallow the latest "evidence" to be produced later today by Downing Street and the SNP Government in Scotland which will "absolve" Brown, Mandelson and Straw of any wrongdoing.
"Downing Street will publish today "all relevant" correspondence between UK ministers and the Scottish government relating to the release of the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing.
No 10 said "all relevant correspondence between ministers and the Scottish executive" would be released this afternoon. London and Edinburgh agreed to release the documents after Kenny MacAskill, the SNP Scottish justice secretary who released Megrahi on compassionate grounds last month, said he hoped to publish all relevant papers".
Once again they follow the old overused Labour method of defence:
Deny everything and pass the blame to an already set up scapegoat - in this case, the Scottish Government.
1)Gordon says it was a matter for them and he had nothing to do with it and, like Macavity, he wasn't even there! At this point you know he is lying through his teeth.
2) Mandelson comes with his usual defence of being all "hurt" and finds the accusations "offensive". At this point you know he is lying through his teeth.
3) Straw denies writing any letters or being involved with the decision to release Megrahi. At this point you know he is lying through his teeth.
4) Some public-spirited chap in Whitehall leaks the appropriate document exposing the truth to the press which Straw shamelessly tries to justify and tap-dances around unconvincingly. At this point you are absolutely positive they are all lying through their teeth.
The documents produced later today will either be incomplete, be heavily redacted like MP's expenses, (expect plenty of black ink cover-ups), or in the case of the most incriminating documents, the Downing Street shredders will probably have been working overtime this past couple of days.
So, quite frankly, it doesn't matter how much they try to "draw a line under it", to use one of their favourite catchphrases, this is not going to go away - they won't get off with it that easily.
You can find their whole sorry excuse over at The Guardian, where even they are having trouble believing it!