Back to Flintstone politics with replacement of Michael Moore by Alistair Carmichael

Michael Moore has been one of the few oases of intelligent political life in what is too often the overheated 360 degree strut-fest for and against Scottish independence.

Saying from the outset that he is himself a federalist, Moore fenced off personal territory that was a sort of linkspan to the SNP.

Cool, rational, focused, strategic and not given to gestural politics, Moore was able to build a relationship with SNP Depute First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon which worked to the advantage of Scotland.

He never needed to bang tables, stomp out, flounce, threaten and storm to get his way – and he and the Depute FM seemed amicable in each others company during negotiations.

He got what needed to be got in the agreement over the referendum question and he did it in a thoughtfully considerative manner.

Anyone could listen to Moore, never the ranter of the given political script; and Moore was himself a listener.

He also represented a border constituency, the frontline area in a potentially independent Scotland and a voice that needs to be heard m0re to focus minds on both sides as the cattle rustling goes on, with each stealing the other’s best stock lines in the debate.

Only a cliched political intelligence could imagine that this ‘debate’ will be enhanced by swopping one of the few points of calm but firm rationality for the politics of the club and the barricade that the bruising Carmichael – hitherto only deployable in the Whips’ Office – exemplifies.

Set this retrograde reshuffle alongside Ed Milliband’s parallel elevation to Labour opposition office of Gloria de Piero, Tony Blair’s recruitment of TV totty, whose instinctive gravitas led her to totter along Whtehall in a sleeveless dress [in October] in her introduction to the public in her new role.

Politics? Back to the mating displays of the cave.

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10 Responses to Back to Flintstone politics with replacement of Michael Moore by Alistair Carmichael

  1. Secretary of State for Scotland dismissed by an Englishman called Clegg in true colonialist style.

    Scottish people not consulted on this matter.

    Democratic deficit??

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    • So how would you intend the Scottish people be consulted? A separate democratic vote on every sacking or appointment that relates to Scotland?

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  2. The First Minister as a position is
    Elected locally by the Scots electorate as a MSP
    A majority party forms a Government and their leader to be FM
    Can be voted out
    It is not a gift from another country ie a favour from someone who probably resides 360 days in a year out with Scotland.

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    • Isn’t the Scottish Secretary selected from Scottish MPs elected to Westminster towards the formation of a government which deals with umbrella issues like defence, foreign policy, etc..

      The Scottish Secretary provides a single point of political contact for liason between the Scottish and UK governments, an essential role, surely?

      If no such role existed I suspect all those complaining about it would instead be railing against the injustice of its absence and clamouring for that ministerial role to be created.

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  3. Why is there not a Labour SoS based on the argument over MP’s elected from Scotland.

    Remove the post entirely and leave the responsibility to the FM.

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    • Utter tosh! That would be like the northern Isles calling for a Lib Dem minister for Local Government because they voted Lib Dem and not SNP.

      You’ll get your labour party in charge soon enough if we vote “YES” and they’ll get to deal with a junior minister in the UK Foreign Office, just as you’re calling for,

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  4. In one respect I’m with Newsie especially regarding the manner in which Moore conducted himself whilst in this position. I’ve watched him on many occasions during Scottish questions at Westminster also his recent debate with Nicola Sturgeon where everything about the way he presented and conducted himself was excellent, measured if lacking bite.
    Compare MM’s performance in this debate to Anas Sanwar (Deputy leader of what is meant to be ‘Scottish’ Labour) who was nothing less than an embarrassment who was allowed to spoil what should have been an informative live televised debate with NS who imo rose to his baiting.

    Although I may on the independence issue not have agreed with MM for reasons perfectly articulated in this piece yesterday –
    http://drderekbateman.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/cowards-way/
    he at least, unlike his successor’s role, kept an unhelpful combative attitude out of his work.
    Seemingly this chest thumping brow beating strategy is what Lib Dems, their coalition partners and Better Together believe is what’s required to progress their cause.

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    • Thanks for the link. Hadn’t seen it. What a kicking! Mind you I heard Moore say that when he said it and felt the same way. I liked the “plastic toy” analogy.

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  5. I agree with Newsie and the person above, we do not need any more aggression coming into this debate.
    Agression and being confrontational are the marks of bullies, not exactly the example we need in a rational debate.
    Although I also disagreed with Moore he was a gentleman.
    Does a change of leader in the Scottish Office suggest panic?…..and as he thinks there shouldn’t be a Scotland Office, is he going to sack himself eventually ?!!!

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