Jo Grimond was always opposed to nuclear weapons. Alistair Carmichael abstained in the vote on the renewal of Trident. The SNP’s opposition to nuclear weapons makes them Grimond’s true heir.
I have always approved of mushrooms and all forms of edible fungi much to the despair of Mrs Vole. We agree on our opposition to mushroom clouds. Flushed with all the attention our little posts have had, even being parodied, the Voleings have been running around to see what else they can find.
“Who was Jo Grimond?” the oldest asked.
“You know Jo, he often comes over from the Kirkyard?”
“Old Bones, the ghost with the chains? I like him.”
“So did a lot of people in Orkney and Shetland but he is dead now although a lot of people think he is still standing for Parliament and vote for him. Why do you ask?”
This human called David Steel made a speech about him
“Jo Grimond … was opposed to the Polaris project and later the Trident one believing them to be “unnecessary, dangerous and expensive” and argued that they made little additional contribution to that of the West as a whole and that they were maintained for “out of date reasons of national prestige”. In the 1959 election he set out the policy: “We of the Liberal Party say that Britain should not make its own nuclear deterrent. We believe the nuclear deterrent should be held by the West on behalf of the West as a whole and not by individual countries.”
‘What does our MP think now?’
‘Mr Carmichael once asked the Labour Government when they wanted to keep nuclear weapons, to the the House of Commons, “In recent years, the arguments in favour of possession of nuclear weapons have become progressively thinner… Where will be our moral authority to attend the nuclear non-proliferation treaty talks in 2010 if we back the Government’s position today?”
‘Well, what does Mr Carmichael say now?’
“I don’t know,” I answered,’because he abstained when there was a vote to stop Trident in January but when he was asked in the Referendum campaign, ‘How can you justify renewing Trident when so many people are in poverty?” He replied, ‘we are working to reduce poverty and we have a responsibility
‘Has he changed his mind?,” the youngest asked me, ‘I don’t know,’ I replied but he is Government minister now.”
Thank you, said the Voleings alltogether, I understand everything now.’