Matt Towery

I won't go into it again about my years as a student in England and how much I love that country and the university where I received my degree. It is irrelevant to the "Alice in Wonderland" situation that just keeps getting more bizarre -- Britain's banning of American conservative talk radio host Michael Savage from entering their country. Now, it looks like the British government not only banned the wrong Savage, it also released from prison a genuine savage.

As noted in my column of several months ago, Dr. Savage, the third-most-listened-to radio talk show host in the United States, was lumped together on a list of "undesirables" with terrorists and murderers.

The list was compiled by the British home secretary, a woman who has since resigned her post. There's little doubt that Savage was grouped with the others because the British government needed some "balance" on its list -- most of the others were Islamic extremists. Savage is, shall we say, "savagely" opinionated sometimes on his broadcasts. That's about as close to a crime as he comes.

Someone, likely here in the U.S., and I believe working with the British government, thought it would be clever to take the controversial Savage and somehow characterize him as a man who might incite civil unrest should he be allowed entry into the United Kingdom.

I have watched as a stubborn British government, which has been roundly criticized by its own media for placing one of America's top radio personalities on a list with skinheads and murderers, has refused to address the stupidity of its decision. Now I am astonished as the hypocrisy of banning Savage has played itself out for the entire world to see.

Last week, Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill allowed the release of Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the man convicted of bombing Pan Am flight 103 near Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988. Two hundred and seventy people died. MacAskill released the Libyan spy from jail because he reportedly had terminal cancer and his release was deemed by MacAskill as "compassionate ... no matter the severity of the provocation or the atrocity committed."

This true "savage" in our story, the man who killed so many innocent people, returned to Libya to a hero's welcome, and to the news that his cancer might not be so imminently terminal after all.

The British prime minister had written to Libya's dictator, Moammar Gadhafi, asking that the Libyan government downplay the release of this vicious killer. But, true to form, Gadhafi greeted the killer personally, and an enthusiastic crowd gave him a public welcome.

Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a pollster, attorney, businessman and former elected official. He served as campaign strategist for Congressional, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns. His latest book is Newsvesting: Use News and Opinion to Grow Your Personal Wealth. Follow him on Twitter @MattTowery