The quote from the Burns song has been done to death over the years, but seems more appropriate than ever with all the shenanigans going on at the moment.  Jim Murphy not going, not taking responsibilty ... then going;  Ken MacIntosh muttering about bullying to keep him from contesting the leadership of the Scottish Branch Office; the BBC (Biased Broadcasting Corporation?) declining to invite the SNP onto Question Time, despite it being the 3rd largest party at Westminster; Good Morning Scotland discussing the newspapers' reactions to the 'leaked memo' and mentioning every major newspaper in both Scotland and England ... except The National;  and now the whole dreadful Carmichael not resigning mess. 

Nothing eminating from the political sphere surprises me now, but the gall of the man does leave me open mouthed.  The long and the short of it - he authorised the leaking of a memo during an election campaign (why is it that leaking has become endemic and that we all accept that?);  that memo impugned the honour of the First Minister (who, so far, seems to be one of the better politicians in terms of straightforward decency); that memo was immediately proven to be false;  Carmichael then lied (he lied - let that sink in for a minute... ) by saying he knew nothing about it until he read it in a newspaper; he then instigated an enquiry which took far too long (to avoid being published before the election?);  that enquiry, I have read, has cost us ( yes us - taxpayers, you and me) £1,400,000 and could have been avoided;  and in the face of all that he insists he has done nothing terribly wrong and he will just carry on as usual.  Really?

If I was one of his constituents, whether I voted for him or not, I would be absolutely fuming.  I hope that the people of Orkney and Shetland tell him in no uncertain terms where to go.  As it is I'm appalled that someone in public office can have such a cavalier attitude to what is seriously unprofessional conduct.  That may be the Westminster way of doing things, but I hope to all the Gods that when we are independent we will do things very differently.  I fear for the 56 - they could so easily become tainted down there, tarred with the Westminster brush and that will do no one any good.

Just over a year ago, on the writing site of which I am a member, we had a poetry writing Challenge to write on the theme of 'an honest politician'.  I will post my effort here given that it seems as apposite as ever.

If you're not familiar with the Burns song, there is a particularly good rendition of it by The Corries here on youtube.  Sung slowly, acapella ... strong stuff.
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