May 17th, 2011

What Did Huhne Actually Deny?

Huhne keeps referring to the fact that these allegations have apparently been made before and been shown to be untrue. When Chris?

Guido has been digging for days and cannot see where these specific allegations surfaced before the ninth of this month. He understands, however, that a former female staffer complained earlier this year to the PCC’s pre-publication and harassment service saying that false allegations were being put to her. Obviously, given the nature of the complaint, the PCC are being extremely tight-lipped here.

If  Huhne is referring to this incident as the allegations being made before and shown to be untrue“, then he is denying he pressurised a staffer, but that’s not the allegation being made by Vicky Pryce. Was yesterday’s TV denial, slammed for style, also void of any real substance?

Labour are right to highlight the fact that Huhne’s attempts to clear his name, while in hiding, are hindering his ability to do his job as Secretary of State. His attempt to avoid the House today has been crushed. Get the popcorn ready for 16.30… 



210 Comments

  1. 1
    pop says:

    pop

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  2. 2
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Eof the week, if he makes it dave and nick will look weak, but he has not been found guilty of anything? He should resign and fight his corner.

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  3. 6
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Will he get done for intimedating a witness as well?

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    Are the Tories a bunch of weaklings scared of a Lib Dem? says:

    Sad act Cameron looks weak trying to keep Hunhe in especially after the Lib Dem decimation across the country, the people couldn’t give two shits about the Lib Dems, kick the fucker out, assert some authority Cameron no one will miss him.

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    • 16
      british gas burns best says:

      as and when a re-shuffle comes along he will no doubt exercise his perogative to shuffle accordingly

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      • 34
        If you think Dave decides which LibDems resign or not you're fooling yourself says:

        But doesn’t the “Coalition Agreement” specify the number of LibDem Cabinet and Ministerial positions ratio and the Ministeries allocated to LibDems ? And that Clegg puts the names forward for LibDem Ministers NOT Dave as per agreement ? So Dave will have to ensure that there are the requisite number of LibDems still in Cabinet and whether Huhne is sacked is down to Clegg not him…so Dave is stuffed

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        • 53
          Logan says:

          Correct. Dave has to get Clegg’s approval to sack a lib-dem minister.

          It is an understandable demand from the libs though. With so few members, they did not want to have all their MPs rotated through government, being sacked on small disagreements, resulting in them all being on the back-benches, and out of Government, after six months.

          However it is now making Cameron look like a dick!

          Although Osborne is also doing that.

          Yesterday the Government agreed to give billions to the Portugal bailout.
          Today the Government agreed an insane climate change policy wrecking any chance of rescuing and growing the economy. (unless a miracle technology can be discovered and utilised as efficiently as carbon based fuel).

          The tories are not behaving like a party who want to win the next election.

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          • Flashman says:

            One term is long enough for to organise long-term investments and post-No10 sinecures.

            Being PM is a terrible job – only lunatics like Brown actually want to keep doing it

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        • 54
          Nick Clegg lost his powerbase in the election says:

          The people keeping Nick Clegg propped up as leader of the Lib Dems are the Tories.

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        • 88
          Zeno says:

          If I were Dave I’d be playing the long game. Let Huhne twist and turn, let Cable make an arse of himself. Every bad headline for them weakens them further and makes them more dependent on him, and all the more likely to split or be wiped out in 4 years’ time.

          I don’t think that Dave is particularly Conservative (just as Blair wasn’t a socialist), but I think he’s smart enough to squeeze political advantage out of it.

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          • Dave 'I'm a regular kinda guy' Cameron says:

            I think you will find Bliar was indeed a socialist, not a Marxist socialist of course, rather a corporatist ‘progressive’.
            In the thirties and forties, they were known as Fascists. The seemingly neutral terms the ‘third way’ and ‘public, private, partnership’ are adaptions of Fascist slogans from that time also.

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    • 23
      Shurt Liftter says:

      sack the turd. call a general election and go for an overall majority. Come on Cast-Iron wot r u waiting 4 ?

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      • 167
        Flashman says:

        Call an election!!??!

        Sod off!! Have you seen the wine cellar in No10?

        I’m staying put until I’ve sorted out a few cushy euro jobs for my retirement.

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        • 190
          Guss O'donald duck says:

          But flashman, we’ve downgraded many of the wines in a PR exercise dreamt up by Steve Hilton…no flashman no….not the face!

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          • Flashman says:

            Well, all the best stuff was quaffed by Tony and Cherie – they really did have a damn good plunder.

            We can’t afford to replace that – hence the cover story from Gus – but there are still decent pickings to be had.

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      • 175
        Sandra says:

        Why the heck would we want Dave back?

        He is closer to Harriet Dromey in political beliefs than Maggie Thatcher.

        No, that is the last time I ever vote Conservative – he has let the whoile country down.

        We wanted a leader who supported us, the British, not an heir to Blair focussed on overseas and his “legacy”.

        Stuff the Tories – vote UKIP.

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        • 197
          Cameron is a c un t says: says:

          Agreed- Cameron is a fucking spineless public school c un t. He’s a fucking joke. That fucking climate change bollocks of a plan will fucking destroy this country, and he should have told Osbourne to tell the Euro lot to fuck off. He’s utterly fucking useless.

          I don’t know if any Tory mandarins read this blog, but if they do- I am (the foul mouthed rants on here notwithstanding) the kind of bloke you should be recruiting. I’ve got a few bob, time on my hands, and would get stuck in and make some pretty substantial donations.

          But you won’t get a red cent from me or one second of my time until you get rid of this fucking useless fucking jizzhead and his whole rotten gang. They’re even worse than the last fucking lot. They are going to bring ruination on this once proud nation.

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          • spreadforOil says:

            But is it possible to reverse the undoubted decline now. Its been downhill since 1939 (stupid pact with Poland), even Thatcher was spoilt by pissing on Rhodesia, licking Reagans arse and spending North Sea oil too fast.
            God help us.

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          • Dave is a clown says:

            Sadly, I have to agree with what you say.
            This country is fucked with this bunch of pussies in charge.

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  5. 9
    Maximus says:

    Does this buff Huhne not know there is no double jeopardy rule any more? (Ta, nu liebore)

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  6. 10
    Mishcon De Reya says:

    Regret to say,but Chris Huhne is now a laughing stock and his position is clearly untenable.
    Which MP will have the guts to shout “Resign” first ????

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    • 27
      Dick the Prick says:

      Why regret? Rejoice. A more openly ambitious yet talentless oaf has not been seen for some time. He’s also an ex-socialist so presumably joined the Lib Dems in a calculated move as it offered better prospects as it wasn’t controlled by the Caledonian mafia. We could probably infer that Mandy, Brown, Blair or John Smith had objected to him or he wasn’t given the full respect that he thinks he deserved. There are quite a few stories here I think. If I could be arsed i’d probably try and find out but my left knacker needs scratching and Countdown’s on in a bit…..mmmm…..Rachel….

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      • 65
        Fascist Pope says:

        “joined the Lib Dems in a calculated move as it offered better prospects”

        So much wrong with that, I don’t know where to start. I suspect most Lib Dems are still in shock they actually made it into government.

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      • 105
        Penfold says:

        offered better prospects as it wasn’t controlled by the Caledonian mafia.

        What Ming and Charlie “make that another bottle of whisky” Kennedy.

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    • 78
      Lard Presclott of Bulimia, Bog Seats, Beams,Bellies,Banjos,Punches, Croquet, Pies, Jags 'n' Shags says:

      I was a laughing stock for years and years. Now I’m a Lord.

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  7. 12
    the last quango in paris says:

    oh dear – if that many people dont believe him then how can he be a Minister anyway?

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  8. 13
    Yes Pickles says:

    Overweight welfare claimants in the US state of Arizona face paying $50 (£31) fines if they don’t follow a dietary regime laid down by their doctor. Is that fair?

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  9. 14
    Sitting In The Dark says:

    More windmills, we must have more windmills.

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    • 39
      Engineers Mate says:

      The only ones I’ve seen are rotating backwards, sucking power from the grid and feeding it to the winds. They forgot the non-return valve

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      • 55
        sockpuppet #4 says:

        Valves? I thought they had diodes these days.

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      • 69
        Mother Gaia says:

        I hate the bloody things. When I’ve been nurturing radioactive uranium and thorium for billions of years it really pisses me off when the humans turn to the Sky God for their pathetic ‘electricity’.

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        • 99
          Going Supernova says:

          Tell me about it. I had to blow up a whole star system just to create some Uranium atoms, and what do you do? Just let them decay away in the ground. What a waste.

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        • 108
          sockpuppet #4 says:

          Almost all the energy that live on earth has ever used has come from Frith.

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  10. 16
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    A criminal in charge of climate change, How apt!

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    • 162
      Dave 'I'm a regular kinda guy' Cameron says:

      If you do a little digging around the ‘climate change’ enrichment industry, you will find all manner of criminals, mafia cartels, highly dubious bankers and of course, viscerally greedy former and present politicians.

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  11. 18
    Chris Huhne says:

    I’m pointless

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  12. 22
    Geordie Scoot says:

    Clegg is too weak to give “Elbows” Huhne the heave-ho – Huhne knows where all the bodies are buried. The giant ego will not be satisfied with a back bench revolt without stirring the pot, so if he’s gotta go, he’d better be doing a stretch at Her Maj’s pleasure or else become High Commissioner to Rumbabwe; I’d say about 4 years should do.

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  13. 24
    Howard Marks says:

    Chill ….If you fancy a spot of gardening leave till it all quietens down Chris, You can help me out in my ‘special garden’ man !

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  14. 25
    Gordon Brown says:

    At the end of the day, it’s the night

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    • 30
      Mr Knob Stroker , Head of Pastoral Care says:

      A very sub standard effort i’m affraid, please re-write and submit to me by the end of the school day.

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    • 80
      Eskimo Nell says:

      During the Arctic summer, there ain’t no night Gordon.

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  15. 26
    Anonymous says:

    Who is the fat kid outside No. 10?

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    • 169
      Lord Pie of Prescott says:

      Tha’s you’re good mother lad. Now take the Jag on the left and bring me back a curry house.

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  16. 28
    Anonymous says:

    Can I request a change from “GuidoGov” to “YouFawkes” in future? Sounds ruder.

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  17. 29
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Have the Lib Dems really got 141 people that support Hunt ?

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  18. 37
    Gordon Brown says:

    It’s not like he’s ruined a country’s economy with misguided egocentric principles.

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  19. 38
    Duo Ball Toynbee says:

    He should serve life for the crime of that hairstyle.

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  20. 45
    Garden Gate says:

    What’s happened to the use of the word ‘gate’ attached to every scandal.

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  21. 46
    Captain Black says:

    The key question the BBC should followed up with yesterday… “why should we believe anything you say? – you cheated on your wife, your word means nothing”

    Would tie in the arguments over the right to privacy & super injunctions.

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  22. 48
    Gordon Brown says:

    I want to be head of the BBC.

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  23. 61
    Arnold's been a naughty boy says:

    The former Governator has admitted to fathering a child with his housemaid a decade ago. Hasta la vista, secret baby.

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  24. 63
    Bucket Walrus says:

    I recognise an internet meme when I see one, and this is one.

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  25. 67
    Bob R says:

    Assuming that the allegations are true, everybody seems to have missed the point that Vicky would be guilty of PCoJ too. They would also both be guilty of conspiracy. One assumes that she didn’t realise this initially. Surely someone has told her by now. Giving the police the evidence to jail her would seem to be somewaht foolish, no matter how much she is ticked of by CH.

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    • 86
      banana republican says:

      if her defence is that he filled in forms and sent them off without her knowledge and only came clean at a later date, saying he would be sent down if she squealed she could claim duress and would probably get a suspended sentence.

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      • 98
        Bob R says:

        Bur she can’t plead total ignorance. Unless she is also claiming that he snaffled her licence, sent it off, got it endorsed, and returned it; all without her knowledge. Pull the other one.

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        • 106
          Tax Payer says:

          The police could well do nothing to either of them, anyway. I suspect her strategy is to damage his career with the allegations and risk an unlikely prosecution.

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        • 110
          Bob R says:

          Also, if she was unaware, that would be a complete defence. inaction cannot be PCoJ. PCoJ requires an action of some sort (unless a course of events had already been set in motion by the accused).

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          • Tax Payer says:

            I suspect his inevitable resignation will draw a line under the whole thing. The police won’t be interested.

            Looks like she’s prepared to take that risk.

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      • 100
        Anonymous says:

        Excellent point. She has already said he filled in the forms.

        Moral of the story – don’t p*ss the wife off when/b leaving her.

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    • 111
      Going Supernova says:

      Perhaps she doesn’t care?

      She’s got the nuclear button, and she’s not afraid to use it.

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  26. 71
    Postal Vote says:

    No coHunos!

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  27. 73
    Airey Belvoir says:

    As has been pointed out here and elsewhere, Huhne’s very weak statement that the story was ‘inaccurate’ (not ‘totally wrong’, ‘a complete fabrication’ etc) allows him wriggle room. (It may be technically ‘inaccurate’ that he asked his wife to take the points if she volunteered, for example.) His inability to make a clear and unambiguous denial is a strong pointer to his guilt. He is sweating it out in the hope that no definite evidence emerges.

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  28. 76
    Give us a laugh says:

    I hope some naughty MPs shout out appropriate song and film titles at Huhne. Prize to the first MP who says “Fast and Furious”.

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  29. 81
    Bruce Forsyth says:

    What do points make? (Sur)Prizes!

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  30. 83
    Eddie says:

    Huhne keeps saying that the allegations are “incorrect”, that is not a denial of the substance.

    His wife has claimed he filled in the form and told her afterwards. Huhne might dispute that fact, whilst he did force her to take the points. That would make the allegation “incorrect”, but the substance of it “true”

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    • 85
      Bob R says:

      If that is his wife’s version, it is incomplete. For her to ‘take his points’, at least three separate forms would have to heve been filled in; viz. CH’s S172 notice (naming Vicky), VP’s S172 notice (naming nerself) and VP’s fixed penalty acceptance (or guilty plea if she didn’t get a fixed penalty).

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      • 109
        Tax Payer says:

        It’s possible he could have filled those in himself. OK, unlikely, but she can muddy the water sufficiently to avoid prosecution.

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  31. 89
    Dominique Strauss-Kahn says:

    Vous avez laissé tomber le savon? Permettez-moi….

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  32. 90
    Gordon Brown says:

    Tonight I will be a pirate of the Caribbean.

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  33. 93
    Babe Watch says:

    I’d like to be sandwiched between Sky’s Samantha Simmonds and Dharshini David.

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  34. 96
    Penfold says:

    Semantics, semantics and more semantics. Methinks that Huhne has been very very careful with his choice of words.
    BUT, as we all know from the lessons of history its the cover-up that gets you shafted.

    Collection for Huhne, collection for Huhne, please give generously for his snout fund…!!

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  35. 100
    Joss Askin says:

    Urm, what’s so good about 16:30? Can’t see anything of note on the HoC timetable.

    ps. Is Huhne’s new ‘conquest’ a chick with a dick?

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  36. 103
    Charlotte Harris says:

    Avram Grant wishing he had taken 3 points from Chris Huhne

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  37. 113
    Ken Dodd says:

    By jove missus, what a beautiful day to chuck a £100 billion at a basket case economy like Greece and shout “How’s that for the biggest waste of taxpayers money in history”

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    • 117
      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      And the 86 billion at portagul!

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      • 154
        Dave Camoron School of Wasted Money says:

        £32 billion for a railway line to fucking Birmingham. To save 20 minutes.

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        • 174
          Hugh Janus says:

          Why can’t they just get up 20 minutes earlier??

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          • I used to vote Conservative, but Dave came along says:

            Exactly. And, furthermore, with ‘empowering technology’ – laptops, mobile phones – can’t those twenty extra minutes be ‘utilised’ to actually do productive work?
            It’s not like the commuters are sat in traffic in their car – they’re sitting at a table, typing.

            £32billion. Right down the toilet.

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  38. 114
    NYT says:

    Pakistani ground troops opened fire on two NATO helicopters near the Afghan border on Tuesday.

    Guess who provided the ammo? ………To both sides

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  39. 115
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Oh JUst Hang Him!

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  40. 118
    Egyptian ferryman says:

    I am always in de Nile.

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  41. 124
    NYTimes says:

    P k st ni ground troops opened fire on two NATO helicopters near the Afghan border on Tuesday.

    Guess who provided the ammo

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    • 180
      Thanks for letting them in, Politicians. Really good of you. says:

      If Cameron wasn’t sh!t-scared of the fifth-columnists, he’d say who the true enemy is.

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  42. 125
    The Queen of All Ireland says:

    Good to see that the Queen is now back in charge of Paddyland and the army is playing her song and saluting her throne.

    All she has to do now is evict the Paddy President out of her property.

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    • 145
      Skint says:

      She couldn’t get our money back whilst she’s there could she?

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      • 153
        Joss Sayin says:

        Nah, the woman is too busy signing documents giving Brussels even more control of the UK.

        Silly me, I thought she was there to protect her country and country folk.

        She has ceased to be fit for purpose.

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      • 158
        Dave Camoron School of Wasted Money says:

        I note the locals are jeering and (metaphorically) spitting in our faces.

        We give them £7bn, they hate us. Cameron = tw@t.

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        • 164
          Ben Sherman says:

          Looked like just a few bovver boys and their slags to me.

          The micks are a few years behind the times.

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      • 159
        Proverbs 22:7 says:

        The rich over the poor ruleth, And a servant is the borrower to the lender.

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    • 160
      Going Supernova says:

      Maybe we should just call in our loan – and when they can’t pay, take the place as collateral. It worked with Scotland.

      Though on second thoughts…maybe that isn’t such a good plan.

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  43. 130
    Where's the popcorn says:

    Both Cameron and Clegg are in the chamber. Hope there’s fun in store.

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  44. 134
    jonathan aitken says:

    may i recommend to chris huhne using my patented “simple sword of truth and the trusty shield of British fair play”

    i can guarantee he will not go to prison after having denied allegations against him. after all, if you cannot trust a convicted perjurer….

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  45. 135
    Where's the popcorn says:

    Clegg making statement on Lords reform.

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  46. 137
    Feeling childish says:

    Why do they always leave themselves open?

    http://www.refoundinglabour.org/lovechange/form/

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  47. 147
    Lembit Opik says:

    Well it wasn’t me !!

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  48. 149
    TV Watch says:

    Parliament Channel

    Why does Chris Bryant keep smelling his index finger

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  49. 150
    Labour mingers says:

    Who’s the fugly moo next to Chris Bryfronts who keeps yelling like an idiot?

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  50. 152
    TV Watch says:

    Sadiq Kahn doesn’t seem to want COE Bishops in The Other Place. How About 300 Imams?

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    • 189
      Soon to be reinstated Commander Ali Dizaei says:

      I is liking your rhetoric , cool idea .Could you put it in writing and send it to Barry Tooke at BBC Points of view ? Inshallah innit ?

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  51. 161
    I fucking hate Labour says:

    Is it just me or does Sadiq Khan have a face you could never get tired of hitting with a brick that’s studded with rusty nails lined with rat poison?

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    • 187
      I used to vote Conservative, but Dave came along says:

      Replace rat poison with dog’s excrement.

      Possibly replace Sadiq’s face with Chukka Umunna’s.

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  52. 173
    Labour stink says:

    I don’t wish to be mean but Labour’s Angela Smith is fucking ugly.

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  53. 176
    Goodnight Rider says:

    Goodnight Rider, a shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man whose career soon won’t exist.

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  54. 179
    bird wsb says:

    I’m not happy with the idea that accusations from a vengeful wife should be discounted – as implied by Chris Huhne’s supporters. What’s wrong with a bit of retaliation? But of course the sweetest revenge will be when the new lover dumps him, which she surely will when the novelty and the ministerial gloss wears off.

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  55. 181
    Sasha Grey's best bits says:

    Has he ever denied being a Hunt?

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    • 183
      Sasha Grey's best bits says:

      I love the way I type c*** and it gets replcaed with ‘Huhne’… I’ll have to start using that professionally!

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  56. 185
    Someone with such poor taste in women shouldn't hold high office anyway says:

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  57. 186
    Martin Day says:

    Who is expecting car noises when Chris Huhne gets up?

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  58. 191
    Alexei Sayle says:

    Ullo Chris, got a new motor?

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  59. 194
    TV Watch says:

    Ben Bradshaw sitting in HOC with his legs wide open. Blatant advertising

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  60. 199
    Andrew says:

    Now let’s think. This is an educated, independent, feisty woman; not the nervous-little-mouse type. If he was driving and she got the points that means that (1) he filled in a form saying she was driving – perversion of the course of justice – and then EITHER he signed her name to another form accepting the fixed penalty and sent in her licence – more of the same and also forgery, and she’d be bound to notice sooner or later – OR she filled in that form in which case she is also guilty of perversion of the course of justice. (Neither of them can be done for conspiring with each other because they were and still are married.)

    I know which I think is more likely and she is living dangerously. Anybody care to say why they should not both be in the dock?

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  61. 205
    nell says:

    I see maryriddell of the dailylabourgraph says gordon has a chance of becoming head of the imf for two reasons :

    one – he’s not a chaud lapin and
    two -he can rely upon his friends especially omaha to nominate him.

    I suspect she’s living in cloud cuckoo land!!!!

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  62. 206
    george says:

    Guido,

    Has anyone looked into whether his car was parked at Stanstead on the night he landed? Isn’t he pretending that his wife sped from London to Essex to collect him from the airport? Is there any way to look into where his car was? Did his wife drive into London on that day?

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  63. 207
    Not me, guv says:

    The dog squealed on me. So much for my angelic denial and finger pointing about the fart.

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  64. 209
    PD77 says:

    Under AV Huhne would be equally as guilty as not guilty, perhaps he should consider changing the rules for jury decisions for FPTP?

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