Alistair Carmichael’s solicitor, Rosie Walker, in a blog for Scottish Legal News, made some rather ill judged comments about the case we have just been involved in.
She began with the words ‘now that we have had time to reflect.’ The post was published on January 26th – a week or so before the rulings on expenses. It was rather previous, as, it turns out, the judges had not finished. The assumption she made was clear, that we had lost and that Mr. Carmichael had won and that we would have to pay. How wrong she was!
Not so, Ms. Walker must have been taken rather aback when the judges ruled that the case was one of ‘divided success’. The petition to overturn the election had been overturned but that our behaviour in bringing it was neither frivolous or vexatious.
MPs will look at what has happened very nervously. Our opponents, assuming that we were motivated by party interests, have united in saying ‘what about…’
No MP is ever going to want to win this kind of victory where whilst still elected, they are disgraced and still have to find cash to pay a bill ratcheted up by their own vanity and hubris. Ms. Walker and Mr. Dunlop will have to be paid