Now the dust has settled? Carmichael’s solicitor blogged way too early.

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





9 thoughts on “Now the dust has settled? Carmichael’s solicitor blogged way too early.

  1. Statgeek (@StatgeekUK) February 11, 2016 / 4:14 pm

    “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.”

    Or MPs can just stick to substantiated facts.

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  2. Sooz February 11, 2016 / 4:30 pm

    I’m surprised she was so presumptuous. Folly indeed. There’s a saying about chickens and hatching that probably sprang to her mind this week. 🙂

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  3. Neil McEvoy February 11, 2016 / 8:20 pm

    I am soooo pleased for you guys. There’s never been a scumbag more deserving of this comeuppance, and what you have achieved goes far beyond this one case. As the lawyer points out being able to harness crowdfunding finally levels the playing field for the little guy, it finally achieves true accountable government. That’s a more profound achievement than most probably realize at this point, it changes politics forever. You are an inspiration to us all, well done.


  4. luggiebank February 11, 2016 / 8:28 pm

    Dust settled? LOL. We’ve only just started beating his carpets. Like a radioactive mushroom cloud, the dust is toxic & will hang around for a long time. Apologies for mixing my atomic & housekeeping metaphors.

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  5. Mole February 12, 2016 / 1:42 am

    Just look at what’s happening in Westminster and HOLYROOD! Plenty of lies and deceit. Alistairs peedie error of judgement pales in comparison with what has emanated from these places. I would not want to think that the ‘Orkney Four’ (don’t speak for most Orcadians) are quite pleased that may have destroyed a man’s career and family. He may have made an error of judgement but I am shocked that he may lose his home in this very unfair court case. I think the Orkney Four should seriously think the consequences of their actions.

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    • The Vole February 12, 2016 / 9:44 am

      Mr. Carmichael did not a mistake – he knew exactly what he was doing. As he never ceases to remind us, he has been representing us in Parliament for a very long time. We wanted him to resign and face a by-election, but no, he insisted on pursuing this in the most expensive way he could because he was convinced that he would win, and then destroy us to get revenge.

      The only pleasure I feel in this is relief that I am not going to lose mine and that my colleagues are safe us well.

      Of course, we thought seriously about this. The judges agreed. I will repeat that – the Electoral Court made no criticism of us at all – it found no evidence that we had been in any way motivated by anything but a justifiable anger.

      Carmichael has destroyed himself. He may have destroyed his party.

      In terms of what most people think – I can tell you that most are absolutely thrilled. People are coming up to me and hugging me in the street. There is a feeling that justice has been done. It would have been better if there had been a by-election, and through Mr. Carmichael’s culpable stupidity there may still be one if he is declared bankrupt.


    • Lvcordingley February 12, 2016 / 9:50 am

      What exactly are you suggesting ? .iIs it that you think the ordinary citizen should just simply role over and lay down at his masters feet, your comment seems to be excactly that.


    • JM February 12, 2016 / 4:59 pm

      It would appear that you’re suggesting those who brought the case should be financially penalised, it would be OK for them to lose their homes, it would be OK for them to be penniless, it would be OK for their families to ‘pay the piper’; that can’t be right, can it?

      Only an idiot would think that they should be financially responsible for Carmichael’s misdeeds and lies, you’re not an idiot, are you?


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