Britain's special relationship with America is under strain: was the release of the convicted Lockerbie bomber in Britain's national interest or a diplomatic disaster? But if the decision was taken in Scotland why is Gordon Brown taking the flak? Better than ever exam results for Britain's school children suggest that education is working well, but is it? One writer suggests the real story is in the children who get left behind. And the politics of cycling: why Britain needs to get on its bike to catch up with the rest of Europe. All that on Politics UK.