Lib Dem MP Alistair Carmichael to face questions in election court

Court rules that crowdfunded legal challenge to Orkney and Shetland MP’s re-election in May can go ahead

Court rules that crowdfunded legal challenge to Orkney and Shetland MP’s re-election in May can go ahead

I say about time. In previous blogs I have said many times I expect this modern day nobleman to sit tight on his earnings for as long as possible. His constituents are angry and they want a re-take. This will mean Carmichael will be removed and the SNP’s 56 turns to 57. I think if Scotland has had enough of 1 thing in the last few years it’s a liar. So this is all good, we never let this story go away Scotland, from the high end media to the low scale bloggers who kept this story alive, well done! Keep writing, keep sharing. I got this from a good man called Vince Diaz, some gather info and some write it with opinions added like me. I have written about this a few times, click HERE for them

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Alistair Carmichael will face questions over why he denied his involvement in leaking a memo intended to damage Nicola Sturgeon. 

The Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael faces the prospect of giving evidence in court about why he lied about his involvement in leaking a memo intended to damage Nicola Sturgeon after a crowdfunded legal challenge to the Orkney and Shetland MP’s re-election in May passed its first hurdle. Judges in the election court, which is sitting for only the third time in 50 years, ruled on Tuesday that the petitioners passed the first test of whether Carmichael’s lie amounted to illegal practice under the Representation of the People Act 1983. A group of constituents raised £88,000 through crowdfunding to challenge Carmichael’s re-election because voters were unaware of his involvement in leaking the memo at the time of the election, due to his initial denial. The day after the leak, Carmichael told Channel 4 News that the first he became aware of what had happened was when a journalist informed him of it.

He subsequently admitted, following a Cabinet Office inquiry that concluded in May after the election, that he had authorised his special adviser to release the memo about a private conversation in which Scotland’s first minister purportedly told a French diplomat she wanted David Cameron to remain the UK prime minister. Sturgeon and the diplomat have both made clear that the memo was inaccurate. Lady Paton and Lord Matthews ruled that “a false statement by a candidate about his own personal character or conduct made before or during an election for the purpose of affecting his return at the election has the effect of engaging section 106” of the Representation of the People Act 1983.

The judges then stated that they wish to hear evidence in relation to two remaining issues – the distinction between a personal and political lie for the purposes of the act, and whether that lie affected the ultimate outcome of Carmichael’s election – before giving a determination and report to the House of Commons.

The constituents who brought the case welcomed the ruling, saying: “We are delighted that the courts have vindicated our position so far, that the legislation is relevant and there is a case for Mr Carmichael to answer. We look forward to the proof hearing, where questions of his intention and character are considered.” “All the way through this process, we have been very clear that the best outcome is for Mr Carmichael to stand down swiftly so that we can have a byelection as soon as possible.” Cary Welling, another of the petitioners, said the fact that the judges had not immediately thrown out the case, despite the unusual nature of the case and the arcane case law involved, proved that the judges were “going with the spirit of the times”. Welling added: “There is a trend towards accountability and electors holding their politicians to account.”

The election court, which met over two days at the beginning of September, heard highly technical and at times florid legal argument, which included references to Katharine O’Shea and George Washington’s cherry tree. One of the key points of discussion, and arguably of most concern to ordinary electors, centred on the distinction between lies that are political rather than personal in character.

For the petitioners, Jonathan Mitchell QC explained that, according to the act and subsequent case law, there is a broad distinction between political statements that parliament “trusted the good sense of the electorate” to be able to discount, and those relating to a candidate’s personal character or conduct, the truth or otherwise of which the electorate might be “unable to discern” in the middle of an election campaign.

Carmichael’s counsel, Roddy Dunlop QC, argued that his denial was political “from the beginning to the end” while Mitchell contended the opposite, arguing that the fact there is a political background does not disqualify something from being personal. Mitchell told the court: “He puts on to the scales his reputation of personal trustworthiness, and that is purely personal because whether or not the leak is political, nothing in politics called upon him to lie about this.”

Now Carmichael faces the prospect of justifying this lie himself in open court. It is likely that the subsequent hearing will be televised, as the earlier sessions were. While there has been some suggestion that the hearing could move north to the constituency in question, the logistics involved in travel to Orkney and Shetland mean that subsequent sessions are expected to be heard in Edinburgh and live-streamed to Kirkwall and Lerwick.

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Festival chief: I was bullied over #IndyRef debate – More proof of propaganda

Mills said that he was trying to avoid agit-prop productions

Mills said that he was trying to avoid agit-prop productions

Kevin Bridges the comedian was one of the first to say in public “I was told not to mention the Referendum” Since then we have heard of many people on the lead up to the September 14th 2014 vote for Scottish Freedom who were told to not mention things, one particular media outlet was worse than others but in truth as I have written about more than once this week we can CLEARLY see a huge pattern of people now coming forward saying they were told to do as they were told. So did Scotland have a Democratic Referendum? I know my answer, after reading this what is your opinion?

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~~Via: http://www.scotsman.com/ ~~

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SIR Jonathan Mills, the former director of the Edinburgh International Festival, has said he felt bullied by critics who demanded he tackle the Scottish independence debate.

The Australian impresario has told how he felt he was being put under pressure to stage pro- independence works in his final programme last summer. Speaking on the issue for the first time since last year’s referendum, Sir Jonathan said he was concerned that the festival would have been in danger of putting on “agit-prop” and promoting propaganda had he climbed down.

A number of leading figures in the cultural movement for independence – including Scots Makar Liz Lochhead, artist Alasdair Gray, playwright David Greig, actor David Hayman and author Alan Bissett – were among those to take him to task.

Sir Jonathan, who was speaking during an Edinburgh Festival freedom of speech debate, came under fire two years ago for refusing to tackle the independence debate in the 2014 festival, held just weeks before the country went to the polls. At the time of his original declaration, Sir Jonathan said he wanted to ensure the event was kept as a “politically neutral space for artists.” He instead announced that the 100th anniversary of the First World War and the staging of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow would be inspiring his main themes.

However months after the storm of controversy broke, it emerged that the EIF would be staging three epic new plays set in 16th century Scotland, when the independent country was ruled by three Stewart Kings. The Scottish Government provided direct funding to the tune of £200,000 for Rona Munro’s plays, which were co-produced by the National Theatre of Scotland and the National Theatre of Great Britain.

During the freedom of speech debate this week, Sir Jonathan – who was knighted two years ago – was asked whether it was possible for an event like the EIF to offer a truly politically neutral space. He insisted that he had never imposed any kind of ban on anything related to the independence debate.

He added: “I didn’t actually say that I wouldn’t have it, I just said that I wouldn’t be forced into doing it. There is a very great difference. I felt the conversations before the (2014) programme had been released about what should be in it and being asked to determine it according to a very particular kind of politics, that was very much about the notion of the arts supporting an independence movement, were problematic.

“Most of the things that we do here are highly politically charged. But if that’s all they are then that’s a worry for me. “My concern is that if all that art is is political then it becomes agit-prop. In a world where we acknowledge that art is political, we have to defend it in being other things as well. It would be very interesting for us to start to interpret in a very specific, very directed way those kinds of things. Then you start to get into the area of propaganda.”

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New Tools to Protect Yourself Against Unconstitutional Police Spying

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NOW!! I have written about this many times, so far I see it mainly in the USA, check HERE <Click) I am now seeing it more and more in the UK. Being in Scotland I see these cameras all over the city centre and they are either there to protect us or to monitor us. Now when you go to a rundown area, like say? Muirhouse. Now before someone gets offended I was born in Muirhouse and lived there till I was 12 or something, still have family down there and if you know people it’s a decent area. Niddrie and Wester Hails are 2 other places in Edinburgh where these cameras are everywhere. I remember a few years back I was helping a friend get a house, he get offered a flat in Muirhouse, he was saying no on the basis of “Shaun there are camera’s everywhere, surely this isn’t a good thing!” I said to him “This is actually a decent part of Muirhouse, I will drive you down and we can see it” And we did, he signed for the house from the Government with-in 5 minutes. This house was like the 2nd last house in the Western part before you see the Golf Course and Silverknowes; a good area is right behind him. There are 3 camera’s on his area of the street and for the 2 years he has been there, not one problem, he thanks me still to this day for helping him decide, so, that I share so you understand my thinking ok. This article here is one we must debate. Some WILL say “It’s for our own benefit, it protects us” and others will say “NO! It’s in our face, recording us with every move we do, it’s intrusive” and I guess both are correct. What do you think Scotland? In-fact I ask the World. What do you think? Talk it here, Facebook page or Twitter, doesn’t matter. Cheers….

~~Via http://filmingcops.com/ ~~

WASHINGTON, DC — When it comes to spying on your private life and habits, it’s not just the NSA that should concern you, but the local police station down the street.

The surveillance technology used by local police is getting better and better.

They can track license plates, track identities with facial recognition software, biometrics, CCTVs and most alarmingly, they can now use Stingrays to scoop up information from your smartphone.

If information from your smartphone — such as your text messages, private photos, banking and social media activity — falls into the wrong hands, it could spell disaster.

The most effective way to guard against spying on your phone is to simply stop using a phone or carrying a phone with you everywhere you go.

But for those of us who love the benefits of our phones too much to ditch them, an even better solution is to invest in a phone shielding system that blocks EMF — the new Tunnel case is the best shield on the market for this purpose.

You’d think that shutting your phone off or switching to a non-connection mode (like airplane mode) would protect you, but unfortunately phones still function in a low-power (or base-band) mode, even if they’re switched “off.” This is why many veteran activists are beginning to either ditch their phones completely or invest in reliable shielding cases.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has also just launched the Street-Level Surveillance Project <Click)

The Project is described by EFF as follows:

The Street-Level Surveillance Project is a web portal loaded with comprehensive, easy-to-access information on police spying tools like license plate readers, biometric collection devices, and “Stingrays.’’

The SLS Project addresses an information gap that has developed as law enforcement agencies deploy sophisticated technology products that are supposed to target criminals but that in fact scoop up private information about millions of ordinary, law-abiding citizens who aren’t suspected of committing crimes. Government agencies are less than forthcoming about how they use these tools, which are becoming more and more sophisticated every year, and often hide the facts about their use from the public. What’s more, police spying tools are being used first in low-income, immigrant, and minority communities­—populations that may lack access to information and resources to challenge improper surveillance.

“Law enforcement agencies at the federal, state, and local level are increasingly using sophisticated tools to track our cell phone calls, photograph our vehicles and follow our driving patterns, take our pictures in public places, and collect our fingerprints and DNA. But the public doesn’t know much about those tools and how they are used,’’ said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Jennifer Lynch.

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VLOG – Audio Blog – Shauny Speaking. Please Listen

 

 

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So less type and more talk here. As you know I have M.E. It’s a painful thing so it’s often hard to type. Playing the disabled card to one side for a second this video is around 7 minutes long and it’s just me talking about this blog I done yesterday I think. I was calling certain people out for being gossip’s and liars. Remember?> Scotland – Do you know HOW MUCH you are lied to? Let me explain <Click) All I am saying here is regarding this blog and how BORED I am getting trying to save our Country from peril, because people are stopping free flowing information ON YES MOVEMENT FACEBOOK GROUPS AND PAGES!! WTF! Listen away, you will get my point better watching my ugly mug 😀 But do that this serious Scotland, please! But then I urge you to then close the internet and re-join humanity in living a normal life.. lol. Sorry, wee joke there, bad patter really 😀 #Enjoy – PS: Audio and lighting are better here than the last Vlog lol > AceNews/ShaunyNews – Video Test <Click if bored)

Myself talking about the Yes movement – Getting boring it is! So this is me talking here

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Scotland – Do you know HOW MUCH you are lied to? Let me explain

you-can-chain-me-you-can-torture-me-you-can-even-destroy-this-body-but-you-will-never-imprison-my-mi-139955960048nkgStrange thing happened earlier today, a friend I don’t speak in person with asked to Skype with me, “Sure” I replied. So I heard this person’s voice for the first time, male or female is not important, neither is it even important they are Scottish. They told me very quickly and to the point “Someone in the Scottish Yes Movement Groups has told others you are a Government paid Shill”  “Who me” I replied, “Yes you” I was told, then the call ended soon after. I spoke to a few people I know I can trust and low and behold, it is true.

Let me make one thing PERFECTLY clear I know who these people are, I know who says what, I was sent screenshots. Disappointed? No not really? Surprised? No not really? The content I share does not fit well with Unionism or Loyalism neither does it sit well with the No Movement. So it has been told to many I am a “BAD PERSON” Just to clarify, my name is Shaun, I am disabled <Click) with M.E. <Click) To say I am bitterly disappointed with a certain person is to say in the very least just that. This all came about when I did this article here > Scottish #Aye People Stopping Freedom Of Expression!!? + ‘Shills! <Click) I am guessing I hit a nerve with a HIGHLY paid shill, a Government paid person to discredit news and views. One particular group owner or Mod has went into ‘Gossip Overdrive’ before I did that article there and since, and others not knowing better are listening, but again, it is not just me. So lets see how this plays out. Who will blink first? Who has the courage to tell ‘The Truth’ about a ‘Certain People’?hqdefaultLet it be known I am not a shill. I am Shaun, Disabled, I write to expose the lies. If I keep hearing this I WILL blog the screenshots I was sent about the person or people banding my name about as if I am lying or trying to get people to think wrong. My thinking is simple! People will think what they will, but some believe every word they hear. I am just trying to help the #YesMovement, nothing more, nothing less. I am me, I am above nobody nor below anyone. I will out a few people for what they are if this does not stop. May I add, I am not the only one being targeted with lies and I told 2 others they were being ‘Shilled’ also, and gave them the same screenshots of 2 private conversations with others. All this does is make it near impossible for the truth to be told, truth like this also > Scotland, World – This Is How The Media Manipulates You – Read or Don’t! <Click) In reality I find it not surprising, I can play ball, so go right ahead and carry on, I will out you all, names the LOT! Try me. How DARE YOU!! Scottish born try and make others see what is not there! How dare you! The future will look upon you badly, I hope you enjoy your £120 PER POST. You sold yourself to Westminster, why? Will I tell the story? Or will it be told Anonymously? You decide my friend, because your number is up!

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Watch and see Nicola make this a truth!!

Give it a break, I will expose you! I want Scotland free for my Daughters, for all our kids and for 100 years from now! 

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