Very crude dealings

Speculation that BP lobbied the UK to release the Lockerbie bomber in order to snare an oil deal with Libya highlights governments' moral inconsistency on bribery and corruption.

There was much talk of the special relationship between the UK and the US this week; both David Cameron, UK prime minister, and Barack Obama, the US president, kept mentioning it at the White House. But the more intriguing relationship is that between BP and Libya.

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