COMMENTARY BY BERNARD PONSONBY
Today’s Election Court determination in the case of Morrison and others against Alistair Carmichael MP will come as no surprise to those familiar with the not inconsiderable tests to be met if an election petition is to be successful. Mr Carmichael’s legal victory has been achieved but only at a further cost to his already damaged personal reputation. To be accused of telling a blatant lie by a political opponent is the stuff of electoral hurly burly. For the words to be hung around your neck by two judges is a humiliation normally endured by those who appear on serious charges in the criminal courts.