LibDems EU Referendum confusion. ‘What about our farming subsidies? Orkney Hogboons ask Alistair Carmichael.

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Worried cattle discuss leaving the European Union

The Hogboon came rushing in to the burrow clinging to a copy of the LibDem Manifesto.

“Lib Dem are wanting an EU referendum if the EU is after new powers. That’s what the manifesto says.  That did not worry me but the Guardian said Clegg is going further and has even refused to rule out supporting Conservative plans for a referendum on Britain’s EU membership. Its not even a red line!!

He kept on going, “That means he will support it. Risk   Big everything.  England may pull us out of Europe what with UKIP being more popular than his party  south of the Border.”

“Yer farmer will not be happy about that” I stated. “And your folk voted ‘no’ because they were scared of leaving Europe.”

The Hogboon looked worried,”Aye that’s right, it’s a lot of money. In 2012, 607 farmers in Orkney got £19,484,000.”

“They will miss that.”

“They will indeed. The kye are worried. Bessie is losing weight.”

” I noticed that,” I said, “well no wonder, not since Carmichael agreed to those funding changes. The NFU and the Scottish Government thought that was a really bad deal.”

The Hogboon waved his paws in the air, “Aye. Its enough to make a farmer vote SNP”

Was the Scottish Question Settled? – the Mole and his friend tell all!

mole and rattieAn Orkney Vole is not the smartest beast so the Mole using material from Mr. Lyon tried to tell me all about the Scottish Question, EVEL and how come the people who won the Referendum look so upset.

It now seems a very long time since David Cameron stood at a lectern in Downing Street, declared the Independence Referendum as done and dusted, and in the same speech turned the focus on English votes for English laws.

But now the victors now look like the defeated. The Tories continue to be haunted by Europe and harried by UKIP down south. A directionless Labour are falling apart under a gaff-prone leader, and a disastrous rejection by the Scottish people. The Liberals have lost all credibility since they swapped principles for power and joined a government that punished the poor for the greed of City gamblers. At the same time the SNP have trebled their membership to become the UK’s third biggest party, and the Scottish Greens have increased their numbers by several thousand.

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