Sunday, May 15, 2011

LibDem Source Defends Huhne Cover-Up Attempt

While the public has widely mocked the silent Chris Huhne all day through #HuhneTunes on Twitter, Allegra Stratton has got a LibDem insider to defend the deepening situation:

“We are in a similar place to where we were last weekend. Has there been produced something devastating? Not really.”

If that is the case, put Huhne on TV tonight, or first thing on Monday morning, and let him deny it in person. 

But have we really learnt nothing new, as the laughable LibDem attempt at spin would have us believe? What about the bit where he orders a cover-up and tries to silence the person on the other end of the line, who is clearly doing the recording and seems on very familiar terms with the embattled Secretary of State:

“If I were you … do not talk. I would have thought you would not want to talk… 

…There is no way, there is no way, that there is any evidence for this story, unless you decide to give some legs to it by saying something. Okay?”

Or what about the bit where he instructs the other person with what to do if a journalist rang:

“Just say, ‘Terribly bad line, terribly sorry, bad reception, I’ll talk to you later,’ and hang up.”

Something Huhne’s SpAd Joel Kenrick did to Guido last night.

Or what about the bit where Huhne is directly challenged, that’s new:

CH: “There’s no question of it coming out, because it’s simply not true, that’s it.”

ANON: “I’m sorry, what? Why are you suddenly saying that?”

Why was it then suddenly not “sensible to have these sorts of conversations on the phone”. Did Huhne realise he was being taped?

Today Huhne has instructed solictors at Mishcon de Reya, presumably to deal with the pending police investigation, rather than to start suing people. The courts could order witnesses and potentially damning documents currently out of the reach of journalists. A wise precaution, given the potentially huge  public outcry if the police treated Huhne any differently from any other member of the public.

Huhne can’t hide from the cameras forever. At the very least he has got some serious explaining  to do regarding that phone call, in public. But no, cowardly Chris is in hiding.

UPDATE: Tomorrow’s Mail splash confirms it was Vicky Pryce who secretly recorded the conversation. If you hadn’t worked that one out already…

UPDATE II: The Telegraph say Essex Police have already looked up the speeding dates and also confirm it was Pryce. As Guido told you last Wednesday…

#HuhneTunes is Trending on Twitter

It is worth checking the #HuhneTunes hash-tag for a laugh. Can a cabinet minister survive when he has become a national joke and synonymous with lying? Methinks not…

Labour Report Huhne To The Police

Labour MP Simon Danczuk has reported Chris Huhne to the coppers after today’s fresh allegations and a taped near-confession. Essex police said:

“We are aware of allegations regarding a speeding offence in 2003. This information will be passed to officers who will decide on whether an investigation will be launched. We take allegations such as this one extremely seriously and will take action where necessary.”

Huhne can’t hide for ever, at some point he is going to have to step in front of a camera…

Quote of the Day

Chris Huhne advising a cover-up…

“If I were you … do not talk. I would have thought you would not want to talk.”

We Rallied Against the Debt

According to the BBC 350 of us turned out to Rally Against the Debt, a petition passed round gathered 400 signatures so the actual number is likely nearer 500. The Fawkes girls were unimpressed with their first political demonstration and even their father’s speech until they saw a chihuahua dog which made their day. It was as promised, pretty civilised and good natured, there were no riots, arrests or any trouble – apart from 3 counter protestors. The after party at the Westminster Arms went on till late…


Seen Elsewhere

Why Pollsters Could Be Wrong | John McDermott
Cameron Faces Vote of No Confidence or Rebellion | FT
Cameron Faces Revolt Over ‘Vow’ | Sun
It’s Time to Speak for England | John Redwood
It Was Me Who Taped Howard Flight | John Woodcock
Indy Editor: We Will Stay Afloat | Press Gazette
English Don’t Want Scotland to Stay at Any Price | Dan Hodges
England Must Have Self-Government Too | Mark Wallace
Next Year’s Election Will Be the Dirtiest Ever | Speccie
Chicken Salmond Runs Away From Sun Cabbie | Sun
Scary No Messages Don’t Add Up | Sun


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Gyles Brandreth writes in his memoirs:

“Sunday, May 10, 1998

Early start: appearing on Breakfast With Frost, to be broadcast from 11 Downing Street. The Chancellor [Gordon Brown] is grouchily amiable, but so earnest — and still biting his fingernails to the quick.

After the show, he took us upstairs to his flat. He lives above No 10, while Blair and family are in the No 11 duplex, which is bigger and more like a proper house.

I was intrigued that, when he took us into his bedroom, the Chancellor rather ostentatiously opened the built-in wardrobes, as if he wanted us to see the women’s frocks that were hanging in there.

They looked quite large, but I don’t think they belong to Gordon. I assume they belong to his girlfriend [Sarah Macaulay, who he later married].

I presume he was keen for us to know that he has one — and that she’s not a ‘beard’. I don’t think he does anything without calculation.”



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Now the SNP know how UKIP voters feel all the time.


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