May 9th, 2011

Anyone For A Spin?
Hiding Huhne Sends SpAd To Spin a Mess

The last thing that a Special Advisor wants to do is become the story, but that is exactly what cowardly Chris Huhne has tried to do with his SpAd Joel Kenrick. This weekend Huhne faced allegations from two papers, the Mail in Sunday and the Sunday Times that he cajoled another former political aide into accepting his penalty points for speeding to avoid losing his licence.

Before Huhne became an “eco-warrior” he used to, according to his wife, “drive like a maniac” in his gas-guzzling personal number plated 5 Series BMW.  The allegation dates back to 2003 and mysteriously appeared after a week of manoeuvres against his supposed political allies. Huhne spent the weekend hiding from the Sunday Times and Mail on Sunday and has not personally categorically denied the allegation. Why not?

Instead he sent his barely shaving SpAd out to be savaged by the hacks. Joel claimed his boss was “uncontactable” all Saturday, which is a little odd for a Secretary of State. This doesn’t quite add up either, not least because Huhne was briefing the Indy on a different story on Saturday afternoon. But hiding Huhne didn’t stop there. Why, if the allegation is “unfounded”, did Joel, presumably following orders, go on a naked fishing trip asking specifically which car it was and who the person pressurised was? If the allegation was untrue then what relevance would these questions have? Word around Westminster is that this is a repeat offence.

If Huhne knows the story is true but doesn’t think the papers have the evidence, yet, then he is playing a very dangerous game. This is a jailable offence.

Joel hasn’t got his strategy right today either. The latest quote is “These allegations have been made before and have been shown to be untrue”  A classic spinner’s trick  to make it sound like an old story. Guido isn’t sure when 24-hours became old. More importantly there is a very big difference between “unproven” and “untrue” Joel. Guido’s going Huhnting and he isn’t alone…


144 Comments

  1. 1
    Lord Bowden of Middlesex says:

    Once a Hunt always a Hunt.

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      Green Huhne says:

      Huhne has made more than £35,000 by trading shares in a company developing opencast mining in a picturesque area close to Luxor and the Red Sea holiday resort of Marsa Alum.

      Environmentalists say that gold mining causes more damage to the environment than almost any other industry. Mining the precious metal produces large quantities of cyanide, carbon dioxide, sulphuric acid and waste rock.

      http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article2983775.ece

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        They're deeply unpopular for a reason says:

        A hypocritical LimpDim? No, say it ain’t so!

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        • 68
          Socialism has murdered 150 million human beings pride says:

          Go get the eco-loon bastard, Guido!

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          • Boudicca says:

            Quote of the day on live TV with Boulton and oily superinjunction lawyer:
            “If you don’t want to be on the front page of the newspapers, don’t pay hookers to stick dildos up your bum!”
            Brilliant- thanks for that Guido.

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          • sockpuppet #4 says:

            Riposte: “but they won’t do it if you don’t pay ‘em”

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          • Prozzies have more integrity than Lawyers says:

            Who? The Lawyers or the Hookers?

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      • 117

        I’m all for bashing cnuts like Huhne, but do we really have to stoop this low and start using the greenies to do our work for us?

        Gold mining doesn’t “produce” cyanide, it uses it as part of the extraction process. But nobody releases it into the atmosphere if they can help it for a couple of good reasons. Firstly it kills things and secondly, if you’ve paid a small fortune to get it somewhere like the arse end of Egypt you don’t want to be wasting it.

        As for waste rock, so what? It’s just that – a big pile of rocks. A giant rockery, if you will. What’s more, depending on the type of mining it could well be put back into the hole. And if they mean the tailings, well, that’s just sand and Egypts mostly sand anyway so who’s going to notice a bit more?

        CO2 is plant food and many mines capture the sulphuric acid for sale or use themselves.

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    • 10
      David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

      Like Laws he will not be investigated for criminal offences. How long does it take for Lyons or the police to investigate a simple case of obtaining property by deception or false accounting?? This must be the longest investigation ever. Huhne if found guilty would commit the offence of attempting to pervert the course of justice- Clegg is going to clean up politics. Let’s see if he has any leadership skills to cause Huhne to be investigated. he could then set in motion the investigation for Laws.

      The long standing corruption of MPs is still being condoned by Miliband, Cameron and Clegg.

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        Sadiq Khunt says:

        As Shadow Justice Minister I should be able to drag mine out even longer.

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      • 73
        Socialism has murdered 150 million human beings pride says:

        All true.

        Huhne is after Clegg’s job. If Clegg were smart (hah!) this is his chance to finish Huhne good and proper.

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        • 102
          Boudicca says:

          Trying to persuade others to take penalty points on your licence is what chavs and scumbags do.
          Huhne was already a proven two faced liar in his tawdry personal life and these latest revelations will do nothing to endear him to law-abiding members of the public. Sack the bastard.

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        • 107
          NuAttack Dog says:

          what do you think is happening here? His leadership bid is finished.

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      • 115
        Anonymous says:

        What about Osborne flip flopping his second house? Wonder why they want to give prisoners vote?

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      • 128
        Collective nouns for every occasion says:

        A corruption of Politicians.

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    • 108
      Real Storey says:

      The current NHS proposals were drawn up not just by the Tory Andrew Lansley but by his Lib Dem Deputy Paul Burstow. They were reviewed and approved not just by the Conservative Oliver Letwin but by Clegg’s soulmate Danny Alexander. The foreword to them was signed not just by David Cameron but by Nick Clegg too.

      So they are, to coin a phrase, all in it together when it comes to the NHS.

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    • 132
      Iloathlefties says:

      This is a criminal offence NOT a meer traffic matter. It should be investigated by the Police. I wonder if they will? Like they did with most MP’s fiddled expenses. Thieving, lying bastards. Oh and give us our vote on the EU!!!!!!

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    • 134
      meh says:

      His SpAd is Dennis Bergkamp!

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  2. 2
    Lord Bowden of Middlesex says:

    If this is true and somebody took the rap for Hunt then isnt that perverting the coruse of justice and a bigger crime than a few points and losing his licence?

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    • 19
      Anonymous says:

      of coruse it is, Billy

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    • 34
      The Mandelscum Effect says:

      I’m sure he’ll wriggle out of any penalty, like most of them do.

      When the lawmakers become lawbreakers, their penalty tends to be a slap on the wrist, a short spell in the wilderness, and then Kerrching! Promotion!

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    • 44
      Lord Envious of Avarice says:

      God your sharp!!!

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    • 135
      Prince Charles says:

      I wish people would stop calling them Personalised number plate they are not they vanity plates for pillocks with more money than they know what to do With,
      look at me with my flashy car ass old

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  3. 3
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Virtually all politicians are shameless spivs and chancers whose first thought is for their own enrichment and advancement. Huhne has these characteristics in spades and it is why this sort of story seems credible.

    If it does turn out to be true then at least it will remove a self-interested opportunist from centre stage.

    It won’t help the public perception of the political class though.

    What a Huhne

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    • 12
      Gordon Brown says:

      I’m a politician of integrity.

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      • 24
        PD77 says:

        I thought you were elected to represent Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeat?

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      • 28
        Hugh Janus says:

        Not sure Huhne is:

        As part of the Daily Telegraph investigation into expense claims by MPs, Huhne was reported to have claimed for various suspect items including groceries, fluffy dusters and a trouser press. In 2006, he claimed £5,066 for painting work on his garden fences and chairs. His office running costs included 62p for semi-skimmed milk, chocolate HobNobs (79p), tea bags (89p) and a bus ticket (£3.20). Other items claimed included a cheese muffin (99p), bacon flavour Wheat Crunchies (28p) and Ready Brek (£1.81). He submitted a bill for £85.35 bill for the “mounting, framing and inscription of photo of Chris Huhne” claiming that he purchased the picture at the borough council’s request to hang in the civic centre entrance. He collected £119 for a mahogany Corby trouser press from John Lewis but later said he would repay the cost in order “to avoid controversy”. He later claimed on a live Channel 4 news programme that he needed the trouser press to “look smart” for work. In June 2010, it was revealed that in the second half of 2009, a period after the expenses scandal news story became known, Huhne claimed £14,948 in expenses, including a 14p bill for stationery. The claim also included costs incurred in servicing an old boiler at his constituency home.

        That’s a lot of chairs/a lot of fencing.

        I wonder who the old bolier was??

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      vote no to av,vote no to sandal wearers says:

      Have a look at his wiki-page,it paints him in a poor light and muzz trimingham as more of a co-conspirator in his leadership battle with “calamity clegg” as they termed him,also in 2003 he received a three month ban for driving while using phone-a tad harsh? did his points tot up? was he banned at the time of a subsequent offence?

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      • 91
        Boudicca says:

        Wasn’t Trimingham one of the prime movers behind the AV Yes campaign?
        Fuck me she certainly knows how to pick a loser in more than one area of her life.

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  5. 5
    The Huhney Monster says:

    Next time I’m sending Carine.

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  6. 7
    Hugh Janus says:

    Ready with the crossed hairs Guido? You may need them shortly.

    Pity, because I was banking on Huhne the Hoon taking over as leader, after which we can safely return to two-party politics….

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  7. 8
    Postlethwaite says:

    Dont recognise the car.

    Anyone know?

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  8. 9
    Kev says:

    New plate C1.1NT

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  9. 11
    Nick Clegg says:

    Go get him Guido

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  10. 13
    Postal Transfer (normally Postal Vote) says:

    Although he seems capable of counting points, there’s little chance now that Huhne will become chancellor in a lab-lib coalition, nor in the current government for that matter.

    Transferring points, transferring the wife out. Job transfer soon?

    Maybe his constituency should engage in some candidate transferring as well.

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  11. 14
    Titford Hat says:

    “Naked fishing trip”? WTFIOOT?

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  12. 15
    AC1 says:

    >Huhne was briefing the Indy on a different story

    No-one will read that then.

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  13. 16
    Chucky talks mucho shit says:

    Arrogant c unt Chucky Yomomma on Daily Politics trying to paint Thursday as a triumph for Labour.

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    • 63
      Cynical Old Man says:

      O/T but the BBC are really bigging up the letter sent to Downing Street by the leader of the Royal College of General Practitioners, Dr. Clare Gerada.

      This really looks like a Labour inspired political operation aimed to slag off the Government and grab headlines judging the speed at which Red Ed offered his views on the subject. Beeb does not mention the fact that Gerada is a self proclaimed Leftie who’s proud of her socialist background and spent most of her professional life working in Lambeth. The R.C.G.P. is nothing more than a self interested union formed in 1955 to look after the interests of doctors struggling with the bureaucracy of the NHS.

      Then again, just one look at Gerada will tell you she wouldn’t be a regular subscriber to the Telegraph or Mail.

      I notice also the Beeb always describes organisations who don’t have the blessing of Labour as “right wing” but no mention of the poltical affiliations of organisations supporting Labour.

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      • 112
        Woodward and Bernstein says:

        I woke up listening to this garbage on R4 Today and it’s strangely remained the lead story ever since.Never let it be said that the BBC let the facts get in the way of a good story.
        Presumably this female GP was happy to accept the £100k+ dished out during the ridiculous contract negotiations when Labour were in power?

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  14. 18
    Anonymous says:

    Can’t understand why he’s not a Tory

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    Andrew Pierce being naughty again says:

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  17. 23
    Lord Grytpype-thynne says:

    Huhne has taken political and personal hypocrisy to almost Kinnockian limits but not even the latter has been accused of getting an aide to take the fall for him in this way.I do hope you will keep up the hunt Guido

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    • 42
      the stench of hypocrisy says:

      Huhne is a complete joke in every way.
      Can’t wait for his wife’s book.

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      • 89
        Anonymous says:

        He will probably block it with a superinjunction.

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        • 129
          Our evil and pernicious courts now protect wrongdoers if the price is right says:

          He possibly already had, how would we know !

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  18. 29
    Christopher Murray Paul-Huhne says:

    If he was uncontactable at the weekend, how do they explain away this photo?

    And what’s in the yellow carrier?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1384952/Chris-Huhne-DID-try-dodge-driving-ban-persuading-speeding-points.html

    By the way daily Mail, it is not his house, it is the taxpayer’s house.

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  19. 35
    Fired says:

    If Cameron has any sense, he’ll sack Cable and Huhne. Well, I did say If.

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    • 43
      Tax Payer says:

      Martyrdom is exactly what they want. They know their career’s and the coalition are going nowhere. They want to be the wise old men sniping from the wings.

      It’s too revolting for words.

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    • 48
      Boudicca says:

      Agreed. The Tories have got to get a grip whilst in a reasonably strong position.
      They did OK in the elections, AV was totally rejected and the Libs completely slaughtered.If there was a General Election now I reckon the Tories would win. Now’s the time to remind everyone who the senior partner in this Coalition is. Cable and Huhne are in NO position to be making ridiculous demands- if the Coalition falls apart the Libs will never have another sniff of power.

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      • 51
        On his knees, ready to give £50m to the EU today and every day, Cameron says:

        I would get a grip, but I’m a gutless coward.

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      • 106
        Ukip when you want to says:

        If they could swallow their pride and embrace UKIP then its a cert

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      • 143
        g1lgam3sh says:

        Not long until the boundaries are redrawn, until then let them continue showing themselves for the weapons grade tossers they are.

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    • 71
      Dis Huhne ity says:

      Why? Huhne and Cable make the liberals look silly and weaken any power within the coalition that the Liberals may have.

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      • 100
        vote no to av,vote no to sandal wearers says:

        Huhne knows his party will never be in power again so he wants desperately to get deputy PMs job off clegg as that is the only route to power for him-egotisical shit that he is

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  20. 38

    A case of

    ‘Hide the Penalty Fine’

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  21. 40
    Chris Huhne says:

    You ain’t seen me, right?

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  22. 50
    Mystick1 says:

    Should have been at least 400 MPs prosecuted , not just the odd half dozen. Majority are just fucking crooks.

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  23. 57
    Cynic says:

    ‘Naked fishing’

    …how very Liberal

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  24. 58
    Cynic says:

    He should sack Hune and keep Cable to torture him

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  25. 60
    Engineer says:

    A former work colleague of mine received a fixed-penalty notification through the post, and being a bit of a shit (well, a lot of a shit, actually) tried to swing it onto his wife’s clean licence. Inspector Knacker rang him a few days later, and politely declined to accept his submission because the speed camera photos clearly showed that the person in charge of the car had a large beard (no, it wasn’t Jonah). My colleague owned up – cheaper than prosecution for lying to Plod.

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  26. 62
    cuddle cat says:

    Cooee!

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  27. 65
    screw the establishment says:

    I bet the media and Khan got together to show up the crappy injunctions for what they are.

    Wasn’t she one of Assange’s useful idiots too?

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    • 105
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      I note on BBC news they are mentioning “not kahn” rather a lot.

      Sort of suggests by ommision that they are deliberately not mentioning the chap who does top gear.

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  28. 66
    strap on, it could be a bumpy passage says:

    That wouldn’t be a gas guzzler he be driving would it? Sorprise surprise, if it is, it would make him an hypocritical wanker.

    http://www.eastleighnews.org.uk/news/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/parking-charges.jpg

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  29. 69
    Taxpayer says:

    Tobacco Control SPIN exposed.

    http://www.antiprohibition.org/index.php?v=1

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  30. 74
    The Archibishop of Canterbury says:

    Throw him in jail. He is fuck-all use as a government Minister anyway.

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  31. 76
    Selohesra says:

    Whose the fat bastard talking to Adam Boulton on Sky at the moment

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  32. 77
    When 4th place means a seat on the EU gravy train says:

    Little wonder he wanted the AV.

    In June 1999 Huhne was elected as a member of the European Parliament for South East England. The Liberal Democrats came third with a total number of 228136 votes behind the Conservatives and Labour. The proportion of votes received meant that the party was able to send the top two list candidates to the European parliament, Emma Nicholson the top list candidate and Chris Huhne, 2nd on the list.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Huhne

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  33. 85
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Ugly lesbian Maria Eagle (fuck me how many lesbian Eagles are there?) just smugly produced a “leaked report” to Philip Hammond.

    Good for her it’s not her party in power, or she’d be arrested and her offices AND home ransacked by the Met Police.

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  34. 88

    You’re wrong, Guido. God can do what he likes, when he likes.

    Which proves I am not God, I guess.

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  35. 93
    Dave says:

    Every Prime Minister needs a Huhne. He makes him look good by comparison.

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  36. 95
    Lomax says:

    Sack your unpaid intern. It took me 5 mins to discover the actual personalised number plate. It is not HI.IHNE, but is actually 3UNT.

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  37. 97
    Anonymous says:

    Get ‘im Guido!

    Do what Cameron will not, and send him down.

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    • 113
      Next! says:

      He doesn’t need to do anything, at this rate all the pervy beardy weirdys will all be gone by the next election.

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    • 119
      Eeu to me says:

      Leave Vinny the world’s monetry expert alone and along with this other piece turd droppings will both destroy the Libsh*tes in the voters minds and hence destroy Libsh*tery.

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    Sir William Waad says:

    Vanity plates aren’t always such a good idea. If you’re plain old XY66 NBG you’ve got a bit more chance; at least you may be able to say that you don’t know who was driving the car.

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    • 121
      Eeu to me says:

      That reg will bring the cops out by the 1s and two’s as it will never exist.

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  40. 122
    Jane Pilgrim says:

    Everybody out!

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  41. 126
    General Booth says:

    Huhne was never officer material.
    In fact he does not even make good cannon fodder.

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  42. 130
    Moley says:

    I’ve not heard about Lib Dems going on naked fishing trips before, but it wouldn’t surprise me in the least.

    Must hurt when you get a bite.

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  43. 133
    guidowontlikethis says:

    Another sad and desperate attempt by Guido to smear and bring down a Libdem MP .
    Follows from his dismal failure to do the same with Mike Hancock a few months ago . The voters in Portsmouth last week showed what they thought of Guido and his smears .

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    • 137
      Hooker dildo and bum. says:

      Voters throughout the country overwhelmingly rejected the Libs and Yes to AV campaign.

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      • 138
        guidowontlikethis says:

        They didn’t in Portsmouth or Eastleigh .

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        • 144
          The dog ate my YES votes says:

          WTF have you been smoking? Out of 440 areas voting 430 voted an emphatic NO. There was no special “What do you think of Guido” question exclusively on those two areas ballot papers. The retards from Portsmouth and Eastleigh think Guido is a character from the Lord of the Rings. They didn’t read the ballot paper properly and thought they were voting to keep the FPTP system. Those who stumbled into a ballot box thought the lottery has got a lot easier and cheaper this week.

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  44. 140
    Anonymous says:

    Go Guido Go !! Make a formal complaint to the Police so they have to investigate.

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  45. 141

    Time is off the essense Guido so good luck! When do Huhne’s ministerial pension entitlements kick in?

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