Last Friday, May 22nd, former Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael admitted that he had sanctioned the leak of a phoney memo during the general election campaign which claimed First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wanted David Cameron to remain Prime Minister. Carmichael had denied knowledge of the leak when asked at the time. His belated admission, after the election was over, marked him as a liar.
Alistair Carmichael is a liar. He is as corrupt a politician as I can recall.
He sanctioned the release of a memo which falsely claimed First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wanted David Cameron to win the UK general election. He then denied any knowledge of the leak.
On May 13th I tweeted that #memogate may be about to come back and bite the Lib Dem MP on the backside. Little did I know just how savage the bite would be.
When one party wins ninety four percent of the total seats in an election then that party has a clear mandate that nobody can challenge. That’s how elections usually work.
But this election was different of course. This was a UK election and it was held simultaneously in the four constituent parts of the UK. The part which dominates, England, produced a Conservative majority. England is so large that it stamps its authority over the other three members, regardless of how they vote.
How bad are things for the Scottish Labour party? Pretty bad if polls are to be believed. Jim Murphy’s leadership hasn’t resulted in a bounce so much as a splat. The party thought it had reached rock bottom with Iain Gray only to find another Scottish leader with a bigger shovel. Murphy has continued digging with such vigour he might well find himself standing for election in Australia.
We lost the referendum because of currency. The SNP’s policy on keeping the pound was an albatross around the pro-independence movement’s neck.
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve read that. So many people believe it that it’s now become a passage in the ‘referendum scriptures’.