Just when we thought the Carmichael affair couldn’t get any murkier…Another Woopsie has occurred……And this time he has brought the whole Liberal Democrat Party with him. And not only them, but the previously well regarded Joseph Rowntree Foundation too.
Carmichael having failed in his attempt to get the Orkney 4 to pay for his legal expenses and fees….The Judges having decided that he was a lying git, in legal speak,
has been failing miserably with his crowd funder, so has looked to his pals in the Liberal Democrats to stump up for him.
The party at such a low ebb most certainly could not be openly seen to do so……But wait…what did we find out today?
It turns out that the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust,an offshoot of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, have given him a grant of £34,000 seemingly ” to uphold existing case law about the circumstances in which a legitimately elected MP can be unseated”
This from their own website:
“The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Limited reserves the right to omit a grant if we decide that, to achieve the grant’s purpose or to protect the personal safety of those undertaking the work, it is not appropriate to post the information to this site.
The JRSST Charitable Trust (Charity Registration No. 247498) is endowed by the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Limited and only gives grants in areas closely related to the work of the main Trust. The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Limited is a non-charitable trust of which all the directors are trustees of The JRSST Charitable Trust.”
,to campaign on LGBT issues in the lead up to the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections
While as the Trust Ltd can be far more direct about its political stance.
Other than to Carmichael, it has made a £44,000 grant to the Association of Scottish Liberal Democrat Councillors in 2015.
The fact that a Charitable vehicle can be used in such a way as the Charitable Trust has been, should be fully investigated.
Well that is the background to Carmichael grant to pay for his court expenses.
The question being, Why did this Trust do such a thing?
Now it gets even murkier.
The Trust ltd and Charitable Trust have 7 Directors/Trustees
Chairman of the Reform Trust ltd is Sir Nick Harvey former LIB DEM MP for North Devon until unseated last year.
director Baroness Sarah Virginia Brinton is a LIB DEM peer and President of the Liberal Democrats.
director Mandy Cormack, was the founder chair of the Liberal Party’s campaign for electoral reform.
director Alison Goldsworthy is also another Lib Dem activist
director Christopher Greenfield is a Lib Dem activist and stood for election 4 times for them.
So there we have it… 5 out of 7 directors and trustees all closely connected to the Lib Dems at a very high level.
But wait….there is more…..
Lets look at previous directors and trustees….and see what we find?
Lord Shutt Liberal Democrat peer and previous secretary to the Trust.
Lord Currie director Lib Dem peer
Lord Smith of Clifton Lib Dem peer
Lord Kirkwood, formerly known as Archie Kirkwood Lib Dem MP for Roxburgh
And the Coup de grace ……drumroll…… one Danny Alexander…
I think we can safely say that the Liberal Democrats have been found out giving that lying toad Carmichael a back hander…
But in the process have now alerted us to the Joseph Rowntree reform Trust, and brought the Joseph Rowntree Foundations previous good name into disrepute.
This really should have been all over BBC Scotland news last night…..not a peep.
I have messaged the Trust ltd asking them to explain their justification in giving Carmichael this grant for court costs, when the Judges refused him.
I shan’t hold my breath for a reply of any honesty…..It just wouldn’t fit the Carmichael way.