What happens now #carmichaelmustgo

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The four petitioners signing the paper work on Thursday night

Well folks, due to the overwhelming support of all of you, I was able to travel down to Edinburgh yesterday and lodge the petition to hold the electoral court at the Court of Session – it was a hair raising day – the papers had to be accepted by close of business or we would not have been in time – so I was on the early flight and it was delayed by two hours. Talk about timing!

Whilst I was in the airport, a certain MP of this parish walked past but did not recognise me – I don’t think he will be doing that again.

A word in praise of the legal team

Nothing could have happened without the sheer courage of our legal team. I met them all yesterday for the first time – and they were brilliant – they had been working around the clock for days – asking us questions really late at night – and under huge pressure.   I do not see how we could have better.

Events over the next few weeks

Now the papers have been lodged this is what happens.

  • I must pay £5,000 into the court on Monday morning.
  • The papers must be formally served on Alistair Carmichael this week.
  • From being served, Mr Carmichael has a week to respond if he choses to and must give the grounds of his objection and he must
  • Then there is a period of ‘adaptation’ where what is agreed is agreed – and here the basis of his conduct is not in doubt. He has admitted it after all.
  • The Court of Session officials set a date for the trial – that is the word being used – that could take place in Edinburgh, Lerwick or Kirkwall.
  • Then it all happens. Witnesses can be called and two judges will take the decision and then of course, there could be an appeal.

We cannot show you the grounds of the petition yet (and here a petition is a formal document going to the Court rather that the 38 Degrees kind of thing) because it has not been served – and now it belongs to the Court rather than us.

Two big things stand out.

  • It is going to take a long time – we have no idea how long – the Woolas case that took place in England lasted 7 months –
  • and it could cost anything at all.

So our focus has now to shift towards planning for the length of the campaign.

Fiona McInnes who has been the inspiration behind this keeps saying to me ‘don’t get carried away, stay grounded.’ This is fantastic advice that could serve as our moto as we move into the next phase. There is time to do local events that can themselves be part of the story – and we had some fun generating ideas – the #carmichaelmustgo beetle drive, the Alistair Cake Bake, and so on. Anything we do must be consistent with the aims of the campaign – so please be careful not to give our opponents ammo for the myths that they are spreading about us being a nationalist lynch mob.

There is a blog associated with the campaign tho not part of it – theorkneyvole.com – it is posting regularly on what is happening as well. Please use it too.

When it comes to this next stage, we are not the people in control – you are – we are voters trying to clean up politics – so we have to stay honest, keep kind and organise our socks off.

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26 thoughts on “What happens now #carmichaelmustgo

  1. Hairy Angus May 30, 2015 / 11:18 am

    Excellent stuff, well written blog too.


    • The Vole May 30, 2015 / 3:14 pm

      Thank you!


  2. Robert Peffers May 30, 2015 / 1:38 pm

    Well folks you made the news on STV and they did you proud. A fair and honest newsclip.


  3. peter May 30, 2015 / 4:37 pm

    Well done.


  4. YESGUY May 30, 2015 / 4:38 pm

    So proud of you guys . Donation on it’s way.

    You have the support of most Scots . We’ll remind folk , don’t you worry. Big cheer to all of you.


  5. The Vole May 30, 2015 / 7:04 pm

    This is the kind of stuff that moves a Vole to tears – athough we are very sentimental creatures


  6. Jan Cowan May 30, 2015 / 8:17 pm

    Good to see you putting your excellent language skills to good use, Tim. Many moons ago I may perhaps have helped you (a little) along the way!
    All the very best wishes,


    • The Vole May 30, 2015 / 8:31 pm

      Thanks Jan, and lovely to hear from you!!


  7. cearc May 30, 2015 / 8:42 pm

    Well done to you all. It is very brave of you to take this on for democracy.

    I am sure that the many people who have contributed will not desert you if you end up with greater costs.



    • Mal Bremner May 31, 2015 / 12:13 pm

      Totally agree,you have my guarantee of continued donation if it`s required,


  8. Davie May 30, 2015 / 9:07 pm

    Thanks for all of your hard work. This is a reflection of a new Scotland: the old certainties of establishment are no more. Lying, patronage and all of the other malpractice will be challenged. It is a long and arduous journey but honest citizens like you are the deliverers of it.

    You have been told this frequently that money will not be an issue as your actions progresses, I’d like to offer my support for another £20 as required!


  9. Thepnr May 30, 2015 / 9:14 pm

    What you are doing is for the benefit of all of Scotland, you are paving the way for the public to hold their politicians to account. I won’t spell out the reasons as to why this is necessary as they are well known.

    I’d just like to wish you the best of luck and I have my fingers crossed that justice will prevail.

    One thing to bear in mind is that if results fail to go our way then don’t for a moment think that your backers will abandon you. We are with you all the way.

    Democracy is but an illusion without the like of the efforts of yourselves.


    • The Vole May 30, 2015 / 9:17 pm

      That kind of comment is the kind of thing that gives us the strength to keep going on this! Thank you.


  10. Alan May 31, 2015 / 9:00 am

    I’m humbled by your commitment and strength. This is what democracy, in its truest form is for. Scotland is with you.


  11. Michelle May 31, 2015 / 10:14 am

    Orkney and Shetland are doing Scotland proud. As a Fifer, I’m incredibly awed by your persistence to have this caes brought to court. It’s been a wonderful campaign.


  12. Gill Steele May 31, 2015 / 11:26 am

    Wonderful work, this is I belive true democracy at work, we the people (and it is ‘we’ as you stand for ordinary people who think politicians have to be honest) are holding our elected representatives to account. I hope this sends a clear message to all politicians. More power to your elbow and we will be there if you require more money to see this through.


  13. Gerald Keogh May 31, 2015 / 12:26 pm

    It’s so sad that Carmichael could have avoided all this turmoil by just resigning from the very beginning. He knows without a doubt that a huge majority of his constituents have absolutely no faith left for him. They do not believe that he is in anyway a fit person to be their MP. They will never forgive or forget the disgraceful behavior he himself has caused, and continues to embarrass his previous loyal long standing constituents.


  14. Alfie June 1, 2015 / 12:34 pm

    Carmichael will hang in there as long as he can , i do not believe he is doing this of his own back , i believe he is protecting someone .


  15. Meriad June 1, 2015 / 12:46 pm

    Frankly I think you are witch hunting a decent man for your own political ends and it will do you no good in the end.


    • The Vole June 1, 2015 / 2:14 pm

      what do you think our ends are?


      • Frank M June 8, 2015 / 5:54 pm

        This is a very good question from the Vole, which I believe you should answer, Meriad.
        Credibility relies on you being able to back up your statements.


  16. bp. June 1, 2015 / 1:21 pm

    For me the final straw was listening to “The Week in Westminster” on Radio 4 and hearing a journalist say that Carmichael gave a speech that was so filthy in content that it couldn’t be reported!
    This from Church of Scotland Elder, no less. Hope the congregation are impressed.

    Good to see you folk are prepared to try and bring some credibility back into politics. More financial support will back you.


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