Congratulations to Alistair Carmichael on his new job as David Cameron’s whipping boy. While he protests that he is not part of a Tory government, let’s remind ourselves of what his new job actually is: coercing Liberal MPs elected on a Liberal manifesto into voting for Tory policies overwhelmingly rejected by the people of Shetland, Orkney and Scotland.
I suspect Tavish Scott sleeps sounder as the most senior opposition Liberal politician alive. Now is the time to demand of him a commitment to rejecting a Tory coalition government in Scotland next year, should the circumstances arise.
This last week has seen much recollection of politics from the past, and I came across these words from Scotland’s greatest advocate of fairness and liberal values:
What force or guile could not subdue,
Thro’ many warlike ages,
Is wrought now by a coward few,
For hireling traitor’s wages …
… But pith and power, till my last hour,
I will make this declaration:
‘We are bought and sold for English gold’ –
Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!
Sometimes power comes at a price too high for any honourable man to pay.
David A Clark
62 St Olaf Street,