I was trying to think of something funny to write this morning and realized I didn’t have to. I was reading up on “Mike” Moore when I came across this from the Liberal Democrat Voice – The most-read website by and for Lib Dem supporters. Not paid for by trade unions or millionaires – written by Caron Lindsay, a journalist with her finger on the Lib Dem pulse…(favourite quote: “There’s still a faint pulse there but it’s fading fast. Quick, get the defibrillator!”)
It can’t be much fun being Alex Salmond these days. The euphoria of May has subsided, and he’s realised that there’s nobody else to blame for his majority Government’s actions. On top of that, wherever he looks, he sees the grin of Wilie (sic) Rennie, ready to highlight any example of anglophobia, of dodging, delaying, ducking and diving. The Scottish Liberal Democrat leader has had accolade after accolade in the press for providing such high quality opposition to the SNP bulldozer. (my italics)
There’s another Liberal Democrat making Salmond’s daily life uncomfortable. They don’t come more reasonable than Mike Moore, Secretary of State for Scotland. Moore was an accountant before he became an MP. Precision and detail are what he does. He’s on a mission to nail Alex Salmond’s independence jelly to the wall, this week posing six questions for the SNP to answer.
I caught up with Mike recently, just as he was finishing his 15th Summer Tour of his large Borders constituency. He talked for quite a while about the diverse communities on his patch, recounting every issue raised in each place. It’s clear he thrives on getting out and meeting people.
It’s as well Moore has a huge capacity for work, given that his position as Scotland’s champion in the UK Government requires him to, as he says, “fight like hell”, for Scotland across virtually every area of Government.
Mike Moore will never be anything other than reasonable and measured. He compares well to a First Minister full of bluff and bluster. His skilful (sic) advocacy for Scotland within the Government has already brought changes for the better. In the constitutional debate, he and Willie Rennie will make a formidable team, keeping the argument real and practical, but also fresh with new ideas for further devolution not just to Edinburgh but beyond, to communities, giving away power wherever they can.
(I can’t think why they ever got rid of him, can you?)