‘The People versus Carmichael’ – not an SNP plot – official!!!

No nationalist plot against Carmichael

One of the odder bits of being involved in ‘the People versus Carmichael’ is the idea fixed in the minds of many who disagree with us that we are an SNP plot. It is very odd to watch speculation about our motives.

Now, I should know  what is happening because my name is on the court action – it is listed under my name in all the paper work.

I am a member of the SNP and proud to be so – there are over 100,000 of us in Scotland, and like about 50% of the population I support independence but this does not make me a plotter.

There is no conspiracy.

No secret funds are coming to us (if only and please!).

No one is giving us orders.

I am the only member of the party amongst the four petitioners. One of us is a Green who is getting pretty mad about being mistaken as a Nat, the others are Labour Supporters (I think).

The idea that we are conspirators is a fascinating one – it seems that many commentators cannot believe that non-politicians can be so angry about something like this – and certainly not people who are from remote island communities who must be all naive or stupid.

Speaking for myself, my anger is not manufactured  but real. I am angry that any politician should use dishonest tactics, irrespective of their party. That so many think this is acceptable shows how bankrupt much of our public life has become. We are pursuing Carmichael because he is our MP and only his constituents are allowed to do so. The byre gets cleaned up one stall at a time and starting where we are.

Our supporters are drawn from all sections of the political spectrum – many, many are Liberal Democrats who feel betrayed by a man who has himself said that what he has done is dishonest. That is what all this is about – nothing else.

We are four residents of Orkney, voters, no more and no less. That is enough.

Alistair Carmichael elected in crushing defeat due to tactical voting from UKIP and Labour

Alistair Carmichael, official portrait as Secretary of State
Alistair Carmichael in his official portrait as Secretary of State for Scotland

Alistair Carmichael re-elected in crushing defeat. Hogboon and Trow admitted to Hogwarts hospital wing. Vole gracious in ‘victory’.

We all gathered in the burrow to watch the results come in except for Auld Grimmers who was doing some spinning in his grave.  Mrs. Vole will help him issue new shrouds to the vanished hopes of the Liberal Democrat Party later today.  Both the Trow and Hoboon have been admitted to St. Mungo’s Hospital, London for urgent treatment. We hope they recover soon.

Carmichael achieved the nearly impossible feat of keeping his seat whilst losing 27.8% of his vote to Wir Danus, the Skene of Skenes. Indeed, if our wee consituency had gone yellow, Hampshire, Hereford and Hartlepool would also have returned the SNP. In the Scottish election next year McArthur and Scott will have two chances, slim and none.

UKIP and Labour saved Carmichael’s scalp

Turnout out was bigger than last time with all new votes going to the SNP.  The Great Hogboon himself, survived only by what looks like tactical voting from UKIP and Labour both of whom lost ground. Unionism, or what is left of it,  is a continuum that extends all the way from Farage to Murphy. Robert Smith  did well at the hustings and has been a great sport, we wish the others had spoken to us the way he did. Democracy only works when those who have no chance are prepared to  argue their case with other non-entities. Us Voles agree with almost nothing you said but are glad you were prepared to descend into the depths of social media to say it to us.

On the subject of no hopers, the Tory vote appears to have  already been at rock bottom and so went down by only 7 votes. Sources tell us that they will be thrilled to have kept their deposit.

In foreign news, The English National Party has cleverly used fears of the Scots invading Newcastle and Derby to dominate Southland. It has successfully used the stupidity of its coalition partners to do what was feared in 2010 as left wing tactical voters had no where to go with realistic prospects of election.  The perversities of first past the post means that UKIP got  12% of  the vote whilst the Slippery Dems with Nick Clegg  lived up to his name and kept his seat. He said,

“I will be seeking to make further remarks about the implications of this election both for the country and for the party that I lead and my position in the Liberal Democrats when I make remarks to my colleagues later this morning when I return to Westminster.”

When Clegg resigns perhaps the Great Hogboon may stand. It has been done before. When Grimmers led the party he was its only Scottish MP. We wish him all the luck in the world – then we will watch his testimony to the Goddard Inquiry even more closely. Every time we look at the internet we get more shocked by what his party will have to explain.

George Galloway was gubbed and will soon appear on Big Sister Get Us Out of Here on ITV 4.

We expect Boris Johnstone to declare Scotland independent on Tuesday.

Saturday Breakfast with the Voles, Svein asks, ‘Why do people hate the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Daddy?


Since Svein upset Mr. Carmichael by asking questions he has become very interested in politics. This morning, it being Sunday, we had a conversation on about the News. Mrs. Vole joined in. She thinks children should know about these things. 

He asked us “why do Scottish people hate the Liberal Democrats now?’

Mrs Vole started off, “We don’t hate individual Liberal Democrats, not even Mr. Carmichael. We don’t know if he is a good man or a bad man, that’s not up to us. We judge him by his public actions and what his party has done. They have been very bad. About how he is as a man, we know nothing.”

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