May 15th, 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…


166 Comments

  1. 1

    You can Huhne but you cannot hide.

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    • 37
      Toooo L8 says:

      But the damage is done. Huhne and Dave have committed Engerland to a green Energy policy that they say will save the world.

      Last time I looked at a world map, Engerland was just a tiny dot so not convinced that covering the dot with windmills will save the planet or if it is even required.

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      • 49
        People's Republic of China says:

        Ah so! Ingerland cover itself with impressive windfarms at greatest expenses. People’s Republic of China salute you, brave Ingerlanders! You save world. We will enjoy your economic destruction noble contribution to global climates greatly.

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        • 109
          A woman Scorned says:

          If huhnes wife or whoever admits to claiming he/she was the driver when it was actually someone else then they would be guilty of perverting the course of justice just as much as whoever asked them to do it. The defence of being “forced” to lie on behalf of someone only has mileage when there is a real risk of death or serious injury should they refuse. Hardly the case in this example.

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          • Susie says:

            According to the Mail, Huhne filled in the original speeding form in his wife’s absence. When she got the notice of the points on her license, she confronted him, but he said he could go to jail if she blew the whistle on him, so for the sake of the children she kept stumm — until now.

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      • 71
        Something Hague’s SpAd Chris Myers did to Guido last night. says:

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    • 38
      Wisdom says:

      Never trust a Huhne that leaves his wife and children to take up with a divorced Lesbian.

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      • 58
        Anonymous says:

        +10

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        • 153
          David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

          Guido, your comment about there would be a public outcry if Huhne was not treated the same is laughable. Laws has been treated differently, hundreds of expense fiddling MPs also have been treated differently.

          In the remote possibility Essex police investigates, I think Mrs Huhne stands a chance of getting off if she claims she was coerced into taking the points by an overbearing husband.

          Essex police will need to speak to the Met so they have a clear understanding how to sweep this under the carpet on the instruction of the government. Of course, unless Gordon McClegg wants Huhne investigated for his own political reasons.

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      • 110
        The little odious fucker known as Robin cook says:

        Oh I don’t know

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    • 70
      Detestable Colonial says:

      It’s rather unbelievable that the moment at which Cameron ought to be giving him the here’s-your-hat-what’s-your-hurry routine, he’s propping the guy up with more CO2 fantasies.

      At this point the whole government needs to be shoveled into a hole and covered up.

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    • 152
      Flexible Cystocopy says:

      The slime will wriggle out of it
      some good cartoons of Huhne on this link

      http://fenbeagleblog.wordpress.com/

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    • 161
      Taggart says:

      You would not see Harriet Harman asking her wife Jack Dromey to take points for her. The polis just conveniently ignore her offences.

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  2. 2
    A Doctor says:

    I think he should consider a Pot Noodle and a wank and come clean.

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  3. 3
    rotten cripple says:

    nowhere to run to, Huhney, nowhere to hide.

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  4. 4
    AC1 says:

    Good to see the crosshairs.

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  5. 5
    Charlotte Harris says:

    I am able to confirm that the current #1 on my clients(Chris Huhne) playlist is “Should I stay or should I go” by the Clash.

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  6. 6
    Infuriated of West Mids says:

    Sorry, but I just can’t stop imagining the field day the BBC would be having if this was a Conservative front-bencher. The man’s a disgrace.

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    • 8
      Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

      Agreed, Huhne is the sort of leftie the BBC like, ugly wife, liar and a barking mad hard left greenie.

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      • 10

        When I’m Principal-Secretary-of-State For War, these people will have to be “let go”.

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        • 13
          Boudicca says:

          Surely if he was innocent, he’d have been protesting that fact from every media outlet over the past week.
          His absence speaks volumes.

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          • Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

            Is he trying to take a crap in that photograph?

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          • Susie says:

            If he was innocent why would he need to phone his soon to be ex wife.

            Their divorce is finalised this week, so she can therefore testify against him in court. Oooh dear, what a silly boy you’ve been Huhnatic.

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          • Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

            Yes it struck me that she might be using this to enhance her settlement.

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          • M’Lady,

            I’m sorry to inform you but that’s the Huhne’s normal facial expression. It might be advisable to bear that in mind when allowing children and those of a sensitive disposition to read the news papers.

            RM

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      • 14
        Infuriated of West Mids says:

        Yep. My bile was already raised by 9am with the paper review on the super-injunction-seeking, Guardian journalist shagging, adulterous Andrew Marr Show, when scant attention was paid to the piece, along with a commentary along the lines of, “well, it really looks like someone’s trying to force him out”.

        HELL YEAH! The man looks increasingly likely to have committed a serious criminal offence, and has offered no public explanation for days! Of course we f*cking well want him out! Not to mention his extra-marital shenanigans, which would in itself have ended the career of any politician not so many years ago.

        Bloody BBC. I hope they all enjoy getting buggered in Canal Street when they move to Manchester.

        Grrrrrr! Gonna have to have another cigarette now!

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        • 18
          JH says:

          Bloody BBC. I hope they all enjoy getting buggered in Canal Street when they move to Manchester.

          They are probably a bit jaded and bored of it by now, but a bit of Manc rough might count as a novelty.

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          • Infuriated of West Mids says:

            I’ve heard they have barbs on their johnsons. Like cats.

            I’m just sayin’….

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          • The Paragnostic says:

            Well, you can’t expect adultery or lying to cause a stir in an organisation where sodomy appears almost compulsory – it’d be like trying to get Aleister Crowley to condemn maypoles as pagan.

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  7. 7

    Huhn means chicken in German. But I expect he can get a superinjunction. Why else would a chicken cross the road?

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  8. 9
    joescotus says:

    Whats the point of a liberal?

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  9. 17
    Charlotte Harris says:

    My client will give a “no comment” interview in due course.
    Thank you and good night

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  10. 20
    nell says:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/16/nyregion/imf-names-replacement-as-chief-awaits-arraignment.html

    Oh Well! I expect gordon’s on a plane home tonight then. IMF has appointed a new MD and it isn’t gordon.

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    • 67
      Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

      Thank fuck for that.

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    • 100
      Susie says:

      Quite interesting really… I was reading about a spat the IMF had last week with the EU over the Greece bailout, apparently the IMF is concerned about whether the EU will enforce austerity measures on Greece and was reluctant to commit more money until they had evidence that Greece (and the EU central bank) was reducing the country’s debt.

      Then a few days late the head of the IMF is caught in a honey trap. Stupid sod.

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  11. 21
    Anonymous says:

    Mind you, it is hardly Andrew Marr’s fault that Dominique Strauss Kahn seems to have decided to get ‘busy with the fizzy’…

    Mind you, the French media glossed over that episode as well, so maybe the ‘entente cordiale’ is alive and well…

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    • 77
      The Paragnostic says:

      Signals received through my teeth fillings (I had to take off my tin foil hat for my daily ECT) indicate that the Strauss-Kahn incident was set up by the forces of International Liberalism and Climate Worship in order to distract attention from Mr Huhne’s current tribulations.

      Any further attempt to damage the Huhne will be answered by the placement of a volatile Scots lunatic in a secret location within the IMF, timed to simultaneously destroy all Imperialist phallocratic carbon destroying nations unless they are yellow or beige.

      Over and out!

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  12. 22
    GORDON BROWN says:

    BUT MUMMY I WANTED THE IMF JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 26
      Mummy Brown says:

      Shut up Gordon and drink your bleach up there’s a good boy.

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      • 27
        New York County Court says:

        Yes, we know you wanted the job, Mr Brown. But sneaking up behind Mr Strauss-Kahn in a Maid’s outfit and goosing him does not constitute an attempted sexual assault on you. Nice try, though.

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  13. 25
    Mister Jabberwock says:

    Surely the question to be asked by the next journalist to talk to Huhne is

    “Who was the taped telephone conversation with?”

    There are 4 possible responses

    1) avoid the question (if innocent not reason to do this)
    2) deny the conversation took place (if innocent a very safe and obvious reply – but high risk if the tape might be produced)
    3) say he is unwilling to identify the individual (sign of guilt)
    4) identify the individual (well that would seem to confirm the accusation)

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  14. 28
    Dack Blog says:

    I prefer him when he’s in hiding.

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  15. 33
    Elgin's lost his marbles says:

    LIbdems = Water: H2O Huhne, Hancock, Oaten.

    What chance is there of finding these people at random from normal members of the public? I guess c.0.000003%

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  16. 35
    Helpful Soul says:

    O/T, but there’s a fantastic pair of nerdish norks on the BBC Parliament Channel at the moment behind Alastair Brett (former legal editor of the Times), giving evidence to the Draft Defamation Bill Committee.

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    • 41
      annette curton says:

      Who’s Draft Bill and what is he being defamed for?, the public demand to know.

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      • 51
        Helpful Soul says:

        Well, the press are calling him Draft Bill to preserve his anonymity, but I can reveal that his real name is Bill Stickers. People kept putting up posters saying that he would be prosecuted. He was, in fact, completely innocent.

        (c) Bob Monkhouse, c. 1954

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    • 50
      annette curton says:

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  17. 36
    Hoonmeister says:

    Perhaps like the head of the IMF he was only guilty of a ‘serious error of judgement.’ That garbage phrase might equally be applied to Pol Pot, Hrr Hitler and Tony Blair.

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  18. 39
    Formerly sarcastic person who now sees the error of his ways says:

    Why not just say:

    I was a busy MEP in 2003

    I get lots of speeding fines

    I cannot remember this specific one

    It would have come in the post at breakfast. I would have said was that you or me darling. Wife must have said it was me darling. We fill it in and send it off. End of. And proving wife was elsewhere at the time doesn’t rule out honest mistake on her or my part.

    The End

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    • 102
      Susie says:

      Doesn’t work. My sister was at home with a migraine when her husband was caught by a camera, she got an £800 fine for not knowing who was in control of her vehicle.

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      • 136
        Fog says:

        Didn’t Labour change the law? So that you could no longer say ‘I wasn’t driving’. So now if someone speeds in your car, you have to take the blame. Whose car was Huhne driving?

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  19. 42
    Mossad Operative says:

    Is this Billy Bowden wearing beige?

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  20. 43
    Postal Vote says:

    He has prolonged his ministerial tour of duty long enough to qualify for the minister’s pension in terms of time but is he still legally entitled to it after a criminal offence?

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  21. 44
    Previous says:

    That Chief IMF twat who tried to rape a hotel employee in NY. How many times has he tried it before and got away with it?

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    • 48
      Wun Hong Lo says:

      What is it about these creeps that they think it’s all part of the service?

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      • 65
        Lard Presclott of Bulimia, Bog Seats, Beams,Bellies,Banjos,Punches, Croquet, Pies, Jags 'n' Shags says:

        They’re all left wing hypocrites ??

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      • 118
        Anonymous says:

        No ‘happy finish’ for Gore, just like the 2000 presidential election

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    • 90
      The Paragnostic says:

      From the Telegraph report:

      “Labelled “The Great Seducer” by the French media, Mr Strauss-Kahn has been criticised for his behaviour towards women.

      Tristane Banon, a French writer, claimed she fended him off with kicks and punches during an alleged encounter, while an anonymous author last year claimed: “He has trouble controlling himself.”

      In 2008 he admitted to an affair with Piroska Nagy, a senior IMF official.

      Afterwards he said he had made an “error of judgment”.

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      • 154
        Desperate Dan says:

        And what’s the story on the “maid” who was searching his room while he was in the shower?

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      • 158

        If one googles Ms Nagy’s name it at least appears she’s vaguely female.

        Compared to the choices of Chris Huhne, just to lift a name from thin air, that’s a significant improvement.

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  22. 45
    A Lego Strap On says:

    Guido must have a huge sum of dosh on Huhne going.

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  23. 46
    Jimmy says:

    “Huhne can’t hide from the cameras forever.”

    Not unless he organises a pro-cuts rally.

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  24. 47
    Jenson Huhne says:

    ITV New reporting Huhne to be investigated by Essex Police

    G-A-M-E O-V-E-R

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  25. 53
    Anonymous says:

    Gawd, when is something exciting going to happen?

    This is about as much as story and exciting as the phone “hacking” business which was neither shocking or newsworthy but I guess there’s a vortex in the post-expenses scandal world which needs to be fed.

    There must be better things to gossip about?!

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    • 56
      spadulike says:

      Yeah, we need something gay and fruity to get our teeth into.

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    • 59
      LimpDimLiarWatch says:

      You are Chris Huhne and I claim my £10.

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    • 63
      Nothing to see here, move along says:

      “a police officer was assigned to the case yesterday to discover whether any speeding ticket was issued against Mr Huhne’s car on the day of the alleged offence. If it was, a full investigation is likely to be launched into whether Mr Huhne and his wife conspired to pervert the course of justice, an offence which carries a maximum life sentence.

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    • 80
      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      Law breakers cant be law makers (tho i welcome the debate because i have mixed views), He lied , Hunt face justice and be done with it and go and butt fuck Mandy.

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  26. 57
    Jedward on Eurovision says:

    That Huhne got more points than us.

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    • 73
      AC1 says:

      Hi Sockpuppet tat!

      How’s that blog of yours? You must have GALLONS of content by now?

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      • 140
        smoggie says:

        So he’s still up to his antics? There’s freedom of speech and there’s plain ol’ masochism. Time to implement the WankerWall technology again.

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  28. 74

    * Dominique Strauss-Kahn is without doubt the most annoying name!! Had to turn of the news as they said bout a 1000 times a minute SHUTU…

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  29. 76
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Looney left tag? and hang the Hunt!!!!!!!!!

    The taxpayer needs to strike back!!!!!!

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  30. 79
    Huhne Tunes says:

    FFS. Trashbin Alibi Clown doing paper review on bbc news.

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  31. 82
    My other car's a Merkava says:

    I notice that Huhne’s divorce goes through this week which means that the ex-Mrs Huhne will be able to testify against him should this go to court.

    Of course, she has committed the same offence as her Huhne, hence her reluctance to self-incriminate. I wonder what her fellow directors at FTI will think of having a criminal on the board?

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    • 92
      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      and she will be entitled to some of his taxpayer funded pension, Aint democrcy great!

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    • 106
      Susie says:

      She’ll get a fine. He’ll go to jail.

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    • 135
      Tony E says:

      There’s a very good chance that she hasn’t committed an offence at all. A wife cannot be forced to incriminate her husband and the story seems to be that Huhne recieved the declaration and filled it out in his wife’s name.

      Only once the offence was comitted did she become party to it, i.e. the points were recieved on her licence – she could easily argue her way out of that.

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      • 150
        Sicko says:

        Used to be the case. That law which prohibited testifying against your spouse was revoked back in Blair’s day, which leaves me wondering just what Cherie might have on him.

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  32. 85
    Chris Huhne says:

    You ain’t seen me, right?

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  33. 94
    My other car's a Merkava says:

    There is a way out of this tight spot which would also bolster Dave’s family-friendly credentials: the coalition to introduce (retrospectively) the married couples driving licence points allowance.

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  34. 95
    Huhne Films says:

    Speed
    Cannonball Run
    Liar Liar
    Drive Angry
    The Getaway
    Running on Empty
    The Fast and the Furious

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  35. 98
    Gordon Brown says:

    100th! Can I be head of the MIF now?

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  36. 104
    Cynic says:

    Soon to be?

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    • 113
      Susie says:

      Maybe he’ll be coming to Highpoint near me… but it’ll be a real low point for him. Couldn’t happen to a nicer chap.

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      • 121
        The Paragnostic says:

        Stick him in Winchester with all the remand scum – he’ll regret leaving his missus and kids when he works out that bisexuality goes both ways…

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  37. 108
    Chris Huhne's election leaflet says:

    “Families. Where would we be without them?”

    (Shagging my mistress and making my wife take my penalty points)

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    • 115
      Susie says:

      Didn’t Huhne make his money out of speed cameras originally?

      Have a year inside on us for every one of them.

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  38. 116
    Anonymous says:

    Cameron is weak. Why not cut Huhne loose? Seems like a universal vote-winner.

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  39. 117
    Anonymous says:

    actually there is a defence for huhne,

    vicky wasn’t his wife, but his tv alter-ego

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/liberaldemocrats/8515425/Chris-Huhne-faces-police-investigation-over-allegations-wife-Vicky-Pryce-agreed-to-take-speeding-points.html

    huhne + ginger wig & make-up = vicky

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  40. 122
    Dear Mr Cameron says:

    Clear the decks and call a snap election so we can get a Tory majority.

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  41. 123
    not a machine says:

    Has anyone pondered why 3 points on yer licence would be such a big deal ,unless of course he was at 9 already . 2003 elections were not until 2005 ,bit odd me thinks.

    However head of IMF is arrested for allegded attempted rape of a maid ,I am kinda wondering how the scenario worked .still easy to confuse big loan and bone above the traffic noise.

    Lansley reforms get another round of doubts , why? all this spooking of American companies moving in , for all I know he might be considering UK mutuals as the way forward ,have opposers come up with any alternative way of ensuring budget can be reduced ? thought not .

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  42. 124
    The Paragnostic says:

    Strauss-Kahn led away from police station in jumpsuit and handcuffs – is Gordon still in Vegas?

    If so, can we press suit against him for fucking the country? If the Yanks do this over a hotel maid, imagine what they’d do to McRuin?

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    • 151
      Desperate Dan says:

      He was set up. What would you do if you were staying in a hotel and when you came out of the shower you found a maid in your room rifling through your wallet?

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  43. 128
    50 Calibre says:

    With the Tories it’s mostly sex that gets them in the end. Money is usually the downfall of the Liebore lot. Presumably telling porkies is the LibDem’s Achilles heel…

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  44. 131
    That's News says:

    There might have to be a snap General Election if more Lib Dems are forced to fall on their swords, as it were…

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  45. 133
    good news says:

    Oh goody, no SkidMark ‘picture’!

    Rejoice.

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  46. 141
    Charlotte Harris says:

    I am delighted to offer the readers of this blog an exclusive quote by Chris Huhne

    “Monday morning. …oh well. ..”

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  47. 144
    Max Clifford says:

    There is no truth in this scurrilous headline regarding my client,Chris Huhne

    “Might hand in a c.v for the West Ham job. “

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  48. 145
  49. 146
    Nick Clegg says:

    Life’s good. LOL

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  50. 147
    SPEEDY GONE HUHNESS says:

    So a poitician has been caught lying and we are suprised ?
    they are ALL feckin liars
    and yet us troll’s still elect them
    they steal from us, infront of our faces and we prosecute a token one or two
    and then dave will come on and defend him and tell us that he is a great politician and like Laws eventually he will be slipped back in to cabinet by the back door

    Hang the bastards

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  51. 149
    Desperate Dan says:

    I’m sure I’ve read somewhere that on the date and time that the offence took place Vicky Pryce was attending, maybe even speaking at, an international conference in London.

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  52. 156
    (I've been renamed) DA-Notice says:

    In some of the previous cases where people have taken points for the actual driver they have of course been prosecuted for perverting or attempting to pervert the course of justice that, as Guido rightly points out, have resulted in custodial sentences.

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    • 157
      (I've been renamed) DA-Notice says:

      That would include Vicky Pryce unless I suppose she was Queen’s evidence, or whatever it’s termed.

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  53. 160
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    Chris, don’t whatever you do take a civil action against the whistleblower, as all sorts of things will come out in Court that you want to stay hidden. Do what I did. Use your political and masonic connections to get the police to bring a prosecution under some obscure 200 year old law. A few words in the right place will do the trick.

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  54. 162
    Desperate Dan says:

    Huhne had the gall to pile on the emotional blackmail by saying he was worried about the impact on the children if Pryce spoke out. I wonder what he thinks the impact on the children was when he ran off with a lesbian.

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  55. 164
    Gordon Brown's Darian2 says:

    Guido’s just been Riddellculed on the Daily Bollocks show

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  56. 166
    slacker says:

    Great post , I am going to spend more time reading about this subject

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