Having just joined the Liberal Democrats in the last week I have learned with Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichaels admission today that he approved the leaked ‘ Sturgeon memo ‘ when Scottish Secretary that it is going to be a long way back . Mr Carmichael possibly lied when he said that he was only aware of it when it was raised by a journalist, his actions, while not becoming of an MP , are more than a serious breach of protocol and demonstrate that the Liberal Democrats in Scotland have a long long way to go to ever earn back the public trust. The enquiry into this affair has no doubt cost a fortune at a time when people are fighting for their jobs and others go hungry, and it would appear that Mr Carmichael has come clean due to the report being due to come out today. I do not accept that this is either a part of politics or an error of judgement.
While I won’t jump on the bandwagon shouting for Carmichael to go I do however feel he can play no part in the re-building of the Liberal movement in Scotland. The politics of lies, of muck slinging, of abuse and of cover ups are not good enough anymore. As long as I am a member of the Liberal Democrats I will never condone or accept this type of politics, we have to change, we have to demonstrate that we can not only be trusted but that we have a part to play in the future of our country. Alistair Carmichael made that fight a lot harder today and I don’t thank him for that in any way.