We are being called lots of names, both ourselves as the petitioners and those who are supporting us, lynch mobs, facists, traitors and so on. There is no sense in us trying to argue. Rather, here are what some of the people who have supported the campaign say in their own words. All are available here.
Don’t forget to donate early and often.
Who our supporters are
“I am not a member of any political party.
I have voted for Alistair Carmichael, but not in 2015.
I do not accept that Alistair Carmichael’s actions prior to the 2015 general collection were acceptable or honourable. Has his facts been known prior to the election, it may well have affected the results.
The electorate of Orkney and Shetland deserve to be heard in the form of a by-election.”
“I sent money from America in the hopes for some justice. Why does justice always cost money? It would had been a lot easier if this … hadn’t been re-elected. Yeah, you all might think that’s the pot (America) calling the kettle (Scotland) black, but Carmichael and what he did is worse. Shetland… you owe me some wool… I’m a knitter.”
“Like many Orcadians, I met Jo Grimond. He earned the deep respect and trust of his constituents and LibDems have ridden the crest of that wave ever since. Until now.
Grimond will be turning in his grave to see how his beloved constituency is being treated by LibDems today.
IMHO, this isn’t only about a leaked memo (although that is bad enough). Carmichael used resources at the Scottish Office for blatant electioneering and, if that isn’t illegal, it bloody well should be.”
“Greens voter from Edinburgh supporting you. Good luck Orkney and Shetlands. Politicians won’t even legislate to make themselves accountable – so we will have to take them on through the courts.”
Why people are contributing.
“I do not live in your constituency, indeed I do not even live in Scotland. However, I am happy to contribute to your fund as your message that the people must have the final say needs to be heard loud and clear. Where you lead hopefully others will follow.
The behaviour of Alistair Carmichael and the refusal of his (once principled) party to take any action against him is disgraceful.
I have the greatest respect for all you are trying to achieve and wish you every success.”
“Adding a bit more on behalf of my sons. I want to see justice in Scotland. Time that the establishment games came to an end. We can but try, eh?’
Why we are feeling confident enough to continue.
“Go ahead and get this done. We all understand that you’re concerned about the money, but don’t worry. We’ll make sure that your costs are covered.
People like Carmichael, Malcolm Bruce and their ilk just don’t realise that a new kind of politics has arisen in Scotland and it’s driven by the people. The old way of doing things is gone.”
“I have immense pride in Fiona, Tim and all others who are working together to make this work for the people of Orkney and Shetland. Scotland is being listened to. Westminster now knows we are not going to lie down and take their cr@p. If the government wont act then the people will. Thank you everyone and keep up the good work and keep your cards close to your chest. The principal is at stake and a precedent is being set. This to me is well worth the second donation.“
“Don’t worry – if Carmichael is an ass and defends this I will triple my donation as I hope may others will”
“I’ll be making more donations before the deadline, just can’t afford to do it all at once. In the build-up to the referendum we all saw how much could be accomplished through crowd funding, all those small donations mount up.
So, Fiona, Tim and your colleagues who started this campaign, don’t worry,
we’ll support you.”
“Corrupt politicians need to learn they are not untouchable, but we must also ensure the brave organisers of this legal challenge are not bankrupted for doing the right thing if the case goes ahead, but ultimately fails.
So, if you can afford it, please make a further small donation before the deadline.
If everyone who has contributed gave just £5 more each, the target can be reached.
Our young people must see that those who stand up to corruption are rewarded – not pilloried!