In Scotland, we are a people who pride ourselves on our humanity. It is viewed as a defining characteristic of Scotland and the Scottish people. The perpetration of an atrocity and outrage cannot and should not be a basis for losing sight of who we are, the values we seek to uphold, and the faith and beliefs by which we seek to live.
Mr Megrahi did not show his victims any comfort or compassion. They were not allowed to return to the bosom of their families to see out their lives, let alone their dying days. No compassion was shown by him to them. But that alone is not a reason for us to deny compassion to him and his family.
I can't remember the last time I heard an Important Person talk about this sort of thing. I'm not sure I actually agree they've done the right thing. I suspect the practical consequences will be nil, so I suppose it's all about the symbols. Regardless, it makes me very happy.