The long silence of Mr Carmichael – what is he going to do? – will anyone defend him? #carmichaelmustgo

And still no news – even the Trows and the Trolls have gone quiet. None of them have been seen in their usual haunts – The Vole has not been insulted for hours giving rise to speculation that with the deadline for objections fast approaching that last minute meetings are taking place at the Great Hogboon’s Headquarters rumoured to be near Maeshowe? My ears are not burning that badly so there is no evidence of any magical intervention, much to the relief of Mrs Vole. We wait and we see. Tomorrow or Tuesday will reveal all.

The Orkney Vole

scarlet carmichael Alistair Carmichael as the Scarlet Pimpernel

When Jonathan Aitken found himself up against the Press and had to defend a famous lie, he said ‘If it falls to me to start a fight to cut out the cancer of bent and twisted journalism in our country with the simple sword of truth and the trusty shield of British fair play, so be it.”

Jeffrey Archer was also fierce in his own defence but from Mr. Carmichael we have heard nothing at all.

From the internet trows who have been defending him there has been plenty. Most of it has echoed the famous Bruce defence – ‘they did it too’ or the theological one ‘he has said sorry, what more can he do? It is time to draw a line upon the sand etc etc’. Quite a few have accused this poor vole of hypocrisy and hoped that I never need forgiveness, making it…

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