Letters / It would take some explaining

Alistair Carmichael has been in the House of Commons a lot longer than Jo Swinson so hopefully he can explain to his party leader what happens when a government loses its majority and then loses a vote of confidence.

What happens is that the Monarch asks the Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition to try to form a government.


At present Jeremy Corbyn is the Leader of the Opposition. Jo Swinson may not like that. Many people, even some Labour MPs, do not like it. But it’s Mr Corbyn whom Her Majesty will have to ask to be a caretaker Prime Minister until this whole sorry mess is sorted out (or, possibly, made even sorrier) by a General Election.

Mr Carmichael knows that and he must surely be telling his leader to stop being silly and put the country before her personal dislike of the Labour Party leader.

I cannot believe that our MP really thinks a brief Corbyn premiership would be a worse fate for the country than a no-deal Brexit.

It would take some explaining to his constituents in Orkney and Shetland, who voted decisively against any Brexit at all.

Hopefully he will let us know his thinking on this matter soon.

Jonathan Wills