The National has reported that the Save Carmichael fund has reopened under a new name and with a few extra paragraphs. Mrs. Vole and I are both very pleased.
A lot of people were concerned about would happen with the money. Ms Ritchie, who set up the fund says,
“The costs of his defense [sic] are considerable and 100% of the money raised will go towards this. I will transfer the money as Alistair directs, to his solicitors. Not a penny is retained for me or for overhead. It all goes to help pay his costs (which I now understand are likely to be closer to £80k than £50k.”
We would suggest that unused funds should, as with us, go to food banks or to the refugee crisis.
Little Sweyn asked me if this means Mr. Carmichael is going to have to pay his own fees. I gave his paw a tiny tap and told him not to be cheeky. Not many people have paid money in so far to his fund-its about 162 who have raised under £7,000, one contribution was for £1,000. Mrs. Vole looked at the computer screen and muttered it must have been Himself doing it. I was shocked that my wife, my own flesh and fur could be so cynical. It certainly wasn’t one of the members of the House of Lords who coughed up so much; Chris Rennard thought Mr. Carmichael was only worth £40 but did pay this impressive tribute,
“Alistair Carmichael is a good bloke who should be allowed to get on with his job, without this and without cyber bullying.”
All us voles are concerned about the costs of justice too. The Coalition in England introduced a compulsory levy that must be paid by everyone found guilty of a criminal charge irrespective of their ability to pay.
They also reduced legal aid entitlements especially around employment law. Very few of those people will benefit from a crowd fund although Wings over Scotland has been doing its best.
Ms. Ritchie has still not responded to the message I sent through the campaign website. I wanted to welcome the creation of the fund and ask her to remove it erroneous statements. In case of doubt let me clarify, voles are entirely autonomous vermin who do not need permission from any political party to do anything at all. The SNP is not involved in anything we are doing. We are not in a conspiracy. Rather than driving the opposition out of Scotland, we want to see an end to entitlement and the sense that certain parties own certain constituencies like medieval barons.
Little Sweyn showed me this extract from the constitution of the Liberal Democrats today – we thought you would like to see it.
“The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity. We champion the freedom, dignity and well-being of individuals, we acknowledge and respect their right to freedom of conscience and their right to develop their talents to the full. We aim to disperse power, to foster diversity and to nurture creativity. We believe that the role of the state is to enable all citizens to attain these ideals, to contribute fully to their communities and to take part in the decisions which affect their lives.”
Sounds almost too good to be true.