Author Archives: Alistair Carmichael MP

Alistair Carmichael MP writes…how the Lib Dems in government worked together for Grangemouth

Three weeks ago when I was appointed as Secretary of State for Scotland many journalists and commentators (and even a few posters on Lib Dem Voice!) forecast a period of strife ahead as the “bruiser” from the Whips’ Office took over at Dover House.

I am not expecting anyone to say they were wrong but I hope that maybe some of them are feeling just a little sheepish this weekend.

The threat to the future of the petro-chemical plant at Grangemouth was one of the most serious to face Scotland for several years. It also produced a degree of political unity and …

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Alistair Carmichael writes…We should be talking about how Lib Dems won record investment for renewable energy

Yesterday I voted against the inclusion in the Energy Bill of a target for decarbonisation to be met by 2030. In truth I think that the setting of a target would have been sensible and that is why I am content with it being party policy. So why vote against it? I didn’t do so because I am a bad person who is determined to ignore party policy. The truth is a little more complex than that.

Firstly, it seems to be conveniently ignored by many that the Bill does include a power to set a target but in 2016 – …

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Alistair Carmichael MP writes…Why I’ve put the whip away for the Equal Marriage vote

Everybody knows that the first rule of Fight Club is that you do not talk about Fight Club.

I am no Brad Pitt but the same is also true of the Whips’ Office.

It is not normally my practice to discuss whipping arrangements for the parliamentary party, nor to discuss publicly the process by which decisions are reached. Today, however, I am prepared (exceptionally) to do so and to explain the decision taken last night to allow Liberal Democrat MPs a free vote …

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  • User AvatarDaniel Henry 24th Oct - 12:08pm
    Pretty much agree. I think in politics there's too much "rage against bad things" and simplistic "blame the bad people", often without substance on how...
  • User AvatarFrank Little 24th Oct - 11:45am
    I hope his opponents will check Salmond's attendance record form the last time he was in Westminster. I suspect he spent more time in TV...
  • User AvatarHelen Tedcastle 24th Oct - 11:44am
    Peter Watson I agree. Nick's speech will simply be read by teachers with incredulity. The idea that Nick is now going to focus on workload...
  • User AvatarJohnTilley 24th Oct - 11:40am
    Malcolm Todd 24th Oct '14 - 9:33am Thank you. I had better stick whilst I am ahead and simply refer to him in that way...
  • User Avatarsimon 24th Oct - 11:39am
    "That sounds horribly like a fiscal transfer. To France. The headline is obvious: our austerity pays for their profligacy." Such a headline would be wrong,...
  • User AvatarJohnTilley 24th Oct - 11:29am
    I am reluctant to "bang on" about the range of cheap and readily renewable sources of electricity because some people just seem incapable of grasping...