The slinkie of Scottish politics

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Poor Alistair Carmichael, it wasn’t enough for him that he got away on a technicality with lying through his teeth to the voters during last years General Election, he wanted vengeance on the little people who had the temerity to challenge his right to lie his way into office. On Monday the judges ruled against him, and now the liar will have to be honest about his own legal bills instead of passing them off onto the people who tried to hold him to account. The bruiser has been financially bruised. Alistair Carmichael is the slinkie of Scottish politics, bugger all use for anything but you can’t help but smile when he takes a tumble down the stairs of the Court of Session.

Alistair used to be arrogant and obnoxious, but as a result of the court case he was found to be just the opposite, obnoxious and arrogant. After getting away with the main charge laid against him, Alistair was lulled into a false sense of competence. Alistair thought that winning the right to keep his seat meant he was proven to be in the right and was entirely vindicated, when in the eyes of the entire country he was revealed as a liar who managed to cling onto his seat by virtue of a technicality and had a nose that Pinocchio could use for pole dancing. The former Scottish secretary’s lasting contribution to Scottish politics is in establishing that Westminster politicians think that it’s perfectly acceptable and proper to lie to the electorate.