Crowdfunding against Carmichael raises £26.353 on day one #carmichaelmustgo

m7ge60gecq1c0s7lhu6iDay one of the campaign to raise funds to take Carmichael to court #carmichaelmustgo

First point is that £26,353 was raised by 1627 people. There have been a few donations of more than £100, the biggest has been £1000 – nearly all the others have been in the £5 – £30 range. This is a real campaign of the people, ordinary folk, Carmichael’s constituents.

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It is all astonishing. The campaign team hoped that enough cash would have been raised by the end of the week to ensure that the first part of the action could begin – that was about £5,600 – rather than that we have raised 43% of our final target.All excess funds will go to food banks in Scotland. This is a fitting memorial for Carmichael who said at the Orkney hustings that they were in place because people did not plan for debt, not because of benefit sanctions. Maybe he will stand down and all the money can be handed over as soon as Indiegogo releases it. A lot of people will be thankful.

This has been a colossal team effort – from the petitioners, the Orkney voters who are signing the action to enable it to take place;  the solicitors who are working so hard in Edinburgh and all the people who are retweeting, sharing links and making this a general resurgence campaign.

We have got the full attention of the media. And of course the media has been unbiased as we would expect. On the STV voxpop that was done in Kirkwall (and it was an excellent programme – Lesley Riddoch was fantastic) one of ‘the ordinary voters’ interviewed was the ‘chairman’ of the remaining Orkney LibDems.

Columnists like Michael White of the Guardian has called the #carmichaelmostgo campaign an SNP lynch mob and takes comfort from the idea that its supporters  will tire before Carmichael does. Fat chance.

We are many people who are looking after each other and sharing the work. We are not SNP in any sense. We have no idea of the politics of our supporters. The SNP leadership has not contacted the team in anyway and are not welcome to do so unless they want to cough up a fiver. If any of them as individuals want to be involved they are of course very welcome, as are the LibDems that are involved.

Many local LibDems realise that the only chance of survival that their island MSPs have is of Carmichael standing down. Liam McArthur issued a statement supporting Carmichael but Tavish Scott has been silent. Indeed, if Carmichael does not stand in the by-election that may come, they may well hold the seat. If they do, that is a fantastic result for them and the people of Orkney and Shetland.

Scottish print media has been much more balanced largely restricting itself to reporting facts. Bloggers have been enthusiastic and are making all the difference to the campaign- particular thanks to wingsoverscotland and the wee ginger dug. At the time of writing, 452 people from wings have raised over £9,000.

So, it is all exciting but the huge shame is that this campaign is necessary. Alistair Carmichael has disappointed us. His apology is not enough. Once he has stood down and normal politics here is resumed, then perhaps he can be trusted and forgiven but not before.

Crowdfunding campaign tops 20K in 11 hours #carmichaelmustgo

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Humans who want to see Carmichael accountable in court have been almost as busy as  us Voles.  Me and the goodwife are speachless to see what has been achieved so far.

Their campaign has managed to raise £21,00 just over 11 hours – that is an average of over£31.00 every minute!!!   You can donate to the campaign here. That’s not bad for half a dozen people in Orkney and Shetland who, with excellent lawyers, have organised themselves and are not seeking any support from the political parties.

The petition has to be lodged within 21 days of the General Election, meaning by this Friday (the 29th of May). That process will cost in the region of £5,000 for each party. That only gets the process started.

The case is extremely unusual and the organisers may find themselves facing three teams of barristers. Their lawyers have said, that if costs are found against them, they could be liable for something like £40-50,000 in addition to the original deposit. Indiegogo also takes a cut of any funds received – hence the figure of needing to raise something like £60,000.

People are making this possible.

This action could not be considered without the support of people throughout the country. The 1315have contributed so far are true democrats who want to see everyone subject to the law irrespective of their power or possessions.

If Carmichael does the decent thing and steps down or if exceess money is raised, all available funds will be distributed to food banks in Scotland. This way, there may be some tangible result from this sad business.

The campaigners are trying to keep a low profile because this is not about them as individuals, nor about their politics, it is about bread and butter democracy, keeping our politicians honest and accountable. The issue is Carmichael and he must go!!!

‪#‎CarmichaelMustGo‬ legal action crowdfunding appeal launched – http://igg.me/at/RqyZ13sBnP4/x/10898637

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The first stage is  to  raise an election petition in the Courts. This could begin a process which could have the recent result in Orkney and Shetland overturned. £5,000 must be raised by Friday and the legal team estimates that £50-£60 000 is a realistic amount that will need to be raised in the next month. Any excess funds raised will be donated to foodbanks in Scotland.  Donations can be made here.

Tim Morrison, one of the campaigners involved said,

“This is is not a party based campaign. Mr. Carmichael said that he would have had to resign as a cabinet minister over this. We do not understand how he can stay on as our MP. We know that our friends and neighbours want this to happen.