"Rejecting Carmichael's evidence as lacking credibility and reliability, the judges also concluded that the northern isles' MP's lies were motivated by his tough election in Orkney and Shetland.
"Lady Paton writes: "the inescapable inference, in our opinion, is that if the SNP became a less attractive prospect, the first respondent’s chances of a comfortable majority in what had become a “two-horse race” in Orkney and Shetland would be enhanced," holding that she was "satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the false statement of fact was made for the purpose of affecting (positively) the return of the first respondent as a Liberal Democrat in the constituency of Orkney and Shetland."
"A strange kind of vindication to be trumpeting from the lawns of Parliament Square, you might well think."
If this is "a good week"; something the Liberal Democrats are proud of, with Mr Rennie and Mr Farron appearing on tv and radio giving him their complete support, I fear for them. Open acceptance of a liar and a cheat as a senior member of the backbench team, is an affront, even to what little democracy there is in the UK. And that is what he is, even if technically they could't find him guilty under election law, of trying to rig the election.
Incidentally, as Liberal Democrat spokesman for Home Affairs (shadowing the Home Secretary), won't EVEL be a huge disadvantage for him in his work? Most of the Home Office business is involved in English Only matters. He may have an opinion, but he won't be able to vote on most of it.
I know their numbers are limited, but surely there must have been an English MP available for this largely English post.