£36,310 raised- you will make #carmichaelmustgo – reflections on day 2

carmichael must goDay two of the fund-raising campaign to dethrone Alistair Carmichael – more success – more work to do as we realise the enormity of what is ahead of us.

We  woke up to find the new total of the crowd fund to be £36,310.  This is fantastic news and we are far further ahead than we ever dreamed possible. We thought that we would have just raised enough for the petition to be lodged at the Court of Session but 2,315 have people contributed. Our thanks to all of them – and of course this being an island community – we know who many of them are – and there are people of all parties and none who have given.

 A lot of the mainstream media are saying that this matter should be resolved by the voters of Orkney and Shetland. They don’t seem to grasp that is exactly who we are. They also seem to be implying that we are a conspiracy to drive the LibDems out of Scotland. That is nonsense. If there is a by-election, Carmichael can stand again.  That is his opportunity to be given a second chance.

We have problems though. The only system we can use is one that is cumbersome and not tested. The legislation is designed for the 19th century elections before ordinary people even had the vote. It is clearly not fit for purpose. We have had three clear  working days betwen Alistair Carmichael confession to organise the petition having to be presented. It needs to get to us, be signed and then taken down in person to Edinburgh to be handed in.

Being politically active does not discredit us. Being a Nat is nothing to be ashamed of.

A strange phenomenon is also clear in much of the press that if we have political views  or a past, that is seen in some way to discredit the campaign. One of us has had her name mentioned a lot coupled with the fact that she is an SNP voter as if that is something to be ashamed of. 50% of the Scots population are. Being SNP is mainstream, not extremist. Our personal politics are irrelevant of course. We do not matter much in this.  It is Carmichael who has had to hand back his severance pay. He is the issue. Not us.

This is going to be a tough battle – and it is the solidarity across the whole of the UK, not just Scotland that gives us the courage to try it.  The trust being placed in us by a great number of strangers is humbling and a huge responsibility.  We will do everything we can to make sure that no one is let down, irrespective of the decision of the courts.

13 thoughts on “£36,310 raised- you will make #carmichaelmustgo – reflections on day 2

  1. Pamela McMahon (@scorrie2013) May 28, 2015 / 12:27 pm

    I live in Caithness. I can see Orkney from my front window. Sorry, that reads a bit like “I know where you live”, which it wasn’t meant to

    I have sent a peerie bit of dosh to the campaign because it is important that the electorate of Orkney and Shetland gets to vote on the same level playing field as every other voter in the UK. If you have voted for a proven liar who used his position to undermine his opponents, you should have the means to legally call to account the person you voted for.

    Unfortunately, the only way appears to be that the Scottish electorate must fund this challenge, besides paying Carmichael’s wages and expenses. What a political system we live under.

    If you need somebody to take this to Edinburgh, I will take it myself.

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  2. Barry May 28, 2015 / 12:45 pm

    As an Englishman, I salute your noble attempt to open up the whole can of worms that this matter involves.

    This is not only an Orkney&Shetland matter, but one that should rouse all right-thinking people across the UK to demand a stand be made against duplicitous MPs like Carmichael – he is a disgrace to us all.

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  3. Skip_NC May 28, 2015 / 1:46 pm

    Greetings from an ex-pat in Raleigh, North Carolina. I am disturbed by the focus that the media has placed on one organiser being an SNP supporter. This is not about party politics; it is about doing the right thing. Surely Mr Carmichael can see that the best way to settle this matter is for him to resign and offer himself for re-election. This lets the voters of Orkney & Shetland have the final say on his actions. If it is left to the Court of Session, wouldn’t he be disqualified from the subsequent by-election? I do not see how that helps anyone.

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    • The Vole May 28, 2015 / 9:35 pm

      Thanks – its very good indeed – and for that thought – we will see what happens.

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      • David McDowell May 28, 2015 / 11:34 pm

        Tim – be extremely guarded about what you reveal about your legal strategy, what your lawyers are working on, (e.g. precedents, etc). Play your cards very close to your chest. Don’t say too much to newspaper reporters, etc. All you are obliged to do is inform backers of legal steps after they are completed. Say nothing at all about what’s happening “behind the scenes” or how it is affecting people emotionally. Take advice from your lawyers about what is safe to say in crowdfunder updates. If they are good lawyers they will say: “As little as possible”. That is good advice.

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  4. The Vole May 28, 2015 / 11:48 pm

    David, thanks very much indeed for the warning – I have just removed a couple of updates from the indiegogo site directly because of it and will be looking more closely at what is happening. Thank you.

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  5. David McDowell May 29, 2015 / 12:10 am

    Very wise move on the updates, Tim. Here’s some initial advice (since I really want you to win):
    If possible, find a sympathetic local journalist, maybe an older, retired ex-local newspaper or radio reporter fron the islands. Somone who has years of experience dealing with the national media. There is nearly always one such person in every community.
    Ask them to vet any planned public statements (along with the lawyers) before you put anything out to a mass audience. They can tell you in advance what the probable public reaction will be – e.g. act as your “sounding board”. Reporters have a very keen sense of what public reaction is likely to be to specific messages. I strongly advise against any sort of personal comments that go out on instantaenous publishing platforms like facebook, Twitter or blogs – they can be dangerous, especially where legal cases are involved. Very easy to inadvertently commit contempt of court. No one expects you to give a running commentary of all this. Certainly not about what is happening behind the scenes. Save it for the book after it’s all over! Feel free to delete this and my last text after you’ve read them. I would prefer it if you did. And best of luck!

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  6. David McDowell May 29, 2015 / 12:34 am

    Ha ha 🙂 …what you replaced your initial statements with was perfectly fine, but if you want to put out my “advice” that’s okay.
    It isn’t something you need to sweat over, just take sensible precautions as you would in any matters of major importance. best regards

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    • The Vole May 30, 2015 / 12:21 am

      thank you!! and the tenner was well spent getting me down to Edinburgh

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  7. SOG May 29, 2015 / 1:46 pm

    I sent you my English tenner in the hope that action like this may raise standards of behaviour in this Brave New Parliament. We will all benefit. The story was used as a stick to beat Labour across the entire UK. We all will live with the consequences for the next five years. If you should need more, shout.

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  8. David McDowell May 29, 2015 / 4:32 pm

    An excellent speech in Edinburgh Tim ! Well done!

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