As someone who was campaigning for the Liberal party before Alistair Carmichael was out of wearing hippens I may be forgiven for harbouring a tinge of regret for its dramatic demise and potential extinction. However, The Shetland Times end of year contributions from Mr Carmichael and Tavish Scott pretty well sum up as to why the Liberals deserve to disappear off the landscape and I for one will not mourn their passing.
Did we get to read a catalogue of the party’s recent achievements? Did we get to ponder over an extensive list of aspirations and must dos for 2015? No chance, just pathetically sad attacks on the Scottish government, the First Minister and her deputy.
No doubt the assault, not only on Nicola Sturgeon but circumstantially on young, aspirational Scots in general, is a mere prelude and rehearsal for what is to follow as the Liberals turn their venom on their Tory, Westminster coalition partners. They have plenty of form in that respect, witness their pre-election attacks on their previous Labour partners in the Scottish executive.
Unfortunately for them, the majority of their previous voters will recall the numerous broken promises and deceitfulness resulting in even more lost deposits.
Perhaps in Shetland they will limp along retaining the support of the elderly, the apolitical and the apathetic but the youth, the educated, the computer literate and the aspirational are already dancing to a tune called “Integrity”.
Alistair Carmichael would not recognise that tune despite his Islay background but John MacDonald Bannerman and Robert Cunninghame Graham and the true Liberals of the past were note perfect.
As for Mr Carmichael, our so called Secretary of State for Scotland, becoming the leader of the rump of the UK Liberal party, that just leads to a personal, humorously cynical thought. That being; despite his ceaseless attacks on the Scottish government, he possesses next to none of the abilities and attributes necessary to come anywhere near to retaining a position as an SNP Scottish government minister.