Sheepish climbdown (Allan Sutherland)
I have just read about the demonstrations by the SNP against your MP, Alistair Carmichael.
It should be the 9,407 people who voted for Mr Carmichael three weeks ago, assisted by the other 7,731 people who did not vote SNP (only 8,590 did vote SNP), who should be protesting against Mr Carmichael’s wimpy performance last week and the SNP’s hypocritical intimidation and distortion of democracy.
Sir Jeremy Heywood’s report on the enquiry into the “French Consulate” leak said: “Senior officials who have worked with him say that he (the civil servant who wrote the memo) is reliable and has no history of inaccurate reporting, impropriety or security lapses.
“The Cabinet Secretary has concluded that there is no reason to doubt that he recorded accurately what he thought he had heard. There is no evidence of any political motivation or ‘dirty tricks’.”
So Nicola Sturgeon did say she would prefer a Tory government, confirming rumours that had been circulating for several months.
Mr Carmichael’s “crime” was to leak this very important fact which was contrary to her public comments. The SNP hoped for a weak Tory-led coalition that would enable them to disrupt and force through independence.
It spectacularly backfired, convincing English people to vote Tory to avoid a weak, SNP infested, Labour coalition.
So now we have a bunch of powerless SNP lobby fodder zealots fighting over seats, taking selfies and no doubt outraged (sorry, squealing with delight) when their Scottish pounds are held up to the light in the pubs to check for authenticity. And for the first time in history, Scotland has no real, responsible, voice in parliament.
Nicola Sturgeon should be the one apologising for misleading the public, just as she did when claiming the SNP had assurances that an independent Scotland would easily gain EU entry, or that there was a huge oil bonanza just around the corner.
Any punishment for Mr Carmichael should be related for his sheepish climbdown without making the point that the information he leaked was true.
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