May 26th, 2011

Huhne’s Local LibDems in a Panic

As Guido reported at the time, Chris Huhne’s Eastleigh LibDems met last night for an emergency meeting. They tried to spin it on the way out as a “scheduled local area committee”. Though local sources are adamant that such meetings are announced in advance and open to the public. They also don’t last for over two hours…

Guido understands that the two complaints to the Electoral Commission were top of the agenda, as was how long their local MP could survive at the centre of an ever growing media storm. Loyal councillor Chris Thomas was sent out to speak to the local media that had gathered, including a BBC camera crew. He was apparently very “relaxed” about the expenses allegations, but quick to attack the “underhanded” tactics of secretly recording meetings. Apparently Huhne is his “normal self” despite it all. As brazen and shifty as ever then…

One spinning loyalist however could not hide the fact that the rest of the councillors left the meeting “tight lipped and ashen faced”, looking “decidedly worried” and gazing down to avoid the questions shouted from the local press.

Anne Winstanley, Huhne’s ever silent election agent, was the last to leave, carefully avoiding the press by “running” into a car from a side door – in the manner of a US-style crook avoiding the “perp-walk” of shame. Guido understands she is not living at home at the moment in order to avoid a doorstepping.

This Huhne loyalist won’t be able to hide from the Electoral Commission forever though…

UPDATE : According to the Mail the Director of Public Prosecutions is set to rule on Huhne’s prosecution. In response to the Sunlight COPs submission to the Electoral Commission Huhne released a statement ‘I am satisfied that the declaration of election expenses has been checked thoroughly and is fully compliant with the rules.’ Never believe anything until it is officially denied…


  1. 1
    The Lord Chief Executioner says:

    Decision on whether Huhne should face trial is in hands of Director of Public Prosecutions

    Read more:

  2. 2
    EC1 PhD says:

    When is Huhnesday?

  3. 3
    nell says:

    DailyM this morning says huhne Was questioned under caution and papers will go to DPP to decide whether to prosecute.

    But it might take a month before there is a decision!

  4. 4
    Stan Butler says:

    Is it that politicans are becoming more corrupt or is it that they always have been a devious bunch of scum but now we have the means to find them out?

    I think the latter.

  5. 5
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Clegg, Laws and Cameron must be giggling themselves silly.

    Until the old Bill come for Laws.

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    Bald Old Git says:

    it’s the latter, i think.

    I remember from my days as a journalist that these kinds of stories were tentatively doing the rounds but were never printed or broadcast as they were pretty much small beer; that only big corruption stories made the news. There was no-one outside politics organised enough or with the time to take them on and political opponents were reluctant to open the battle on these terms for fear of the losses their own side would take.

    The internet has made it possible for enough individuals who want to deal with this to organise and scrutinse collectively. If the Sunlight Centre hadn’t put in the complaint, was anyone ever going to take on the Huhne expenses allegations?

    It constantly irritates me that we never get public debate on whether the quality of our politics is any good. It’s lousy, but the politicians aren’t interested in that debate and scrutiny is most usually done by the people who ought to be scrutinised themselves.

    For this reason I would favour a House of Lords where the primary qualification for membership was that members had never been members of political parties and that ‘the usual channels’ which organises things in parliament were overseen by appointed officials who would answer

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    The voice of unreason says:

    Don’t fire until you see the whites of his eyes!

  8. 8
    Bald Old Git says:

    … questions when put to them.

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    Lou Scannon says:

    Didn’t know phone-boxes had side doors.

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    Engineer says:

    One characteristic of many who reach high levels in political life is a burning ambition. Ambition for power, or money, or status or perhaps a combination of all of those. That ambition seems to over-ride personal integrity and common sense.

    The socialists will hate this – perhaps the better politicians are the ones who enter politics already having money and social status, so they don’t need to seek it. (Obviously, that’s not always true!)

    It really isn’t clear how this problem can be avoided. Perhaps we should be harsher in our treatment of the miscreants, by demanding resignation, not just from high office, but any branch of politics for several years. After all, failed company directors can be banned for a period of years – perhaps the same should apply to politics?

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    Bled White Taxpayer says:

    I’m sure there was also discussion at the Lib Dem Eastleigh meeting around choosing a new candidate for a rapid by-election.

    If Huhne is found to have either committed a crime or to have a serious issue with election expenses, the by-election should be fun to watch. Majority of 3,864 over the Tories, Labour nowhere in sight. Take the anti-LD backlash and the Tories should be able to get in comfortably (particularly if UKIP on 1933 step aside).

    That should cook Huhne’s political ambitions and his position in the Lib Dems nicely.

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    White Wash says:

    Why the director of public prosecutions and not just the local CPS rep?

    Why will it take the director a month to make his mind up on something that should take less than 5 minutes?

    Why is the Huhne getting special treatment?

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    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    With all the problems for the Lib Dems recently, they could do no worse than expose all the remaining super-injunctions using parliamentary privilege.

    This would allow them to get all the credit for dealing a death blow to these ridiculous injunctions and to claim that only the Lib Dems will defend our free speech and our free press.

    So Labour and Tory MPs better get in there before the Lib Dems beat them to it :-)

  14. 14
    Dogsbreath says:

    Every time a winner…

    Local party rallies around their disgraced and beleaguered MP.

    It always amazes me in the face of overwhelming evidence that their chosen MP is a bit of a dud (to say the least), so instead giving him the sack outright they compound their bad judgment even further by attempting to support the unsupportable in the vain hope they can salvage their parties credibility….Not!

    every time, what a load of plonkers.

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    Man on the Clapham Omnibus says:

    Should be a shoo-in for Campbell-Bannerman…

  16. 16

    Re your Comment of the “Day”
    It now seems to have been there a week
    If it must remain, could you please put the “S” in NELSON’S EYE Thank You !

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    F says:

    Huhne will get away with it !

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    Politics needs the conflicting interests of continuity and renewal. As the pace of life increases, it seems to me that five years is far too long to have everything set in stone. Some rolling method of replacement might address this problem.

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    Bring on the 'anging judge says:

    In the ‘seen elsewhere’ on guidos site Telegraph reports

    “Chris Huhne’s ex-wife signs confession over points claim
    Chris Huhne’s former wife signed a sworn legal confession, admitting that she had taken speeding points on behalf of the Energy Secretary, The Daily Telegraph has learnt. ”

    That truly just has to be game over for this slimy toerag and even he must now see his position is absolutely impossible. He cannot possibly remain in post and even survive now as an MP. He can though expect a complete mauling from the press and a spell at Her Majesties pleasure.

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    from spain says:

    same as the Labour voters wankers with their hands over their eyes and ears in denial to whats gone on.
    Spain have the same problem a socialist goverment which has spent all the money yet people still vote for them.

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    DOCTOR DEATH says:

    Breaking news : NHS hospitals are failing to provide even the basic care required
    well no fucking suprise there then
    my father died a miserable death at the hands of nhs staff ,and all the failings in the report are exactly what they did or did’t do to him
    My nextdoor neighbor also died in the same hospital just six weeks after being told he would have “A long productive life” he was 62
    i feel it is time to scrap the whole set up and move on to private accountable healthcare !

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    Bled White Taxpayer says:

    Ummm. Campbell-Bannerman is probably anathema to both Tories and the kippers, and as a serial betrayer, he’d get my shoe up his backside. I think if he stood Tories would not want to vote for him, and the kippers would be out in droves.

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    Obamania says:

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    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    ‘people still vote for them’? I suppose you missed the recent elections.

  25. 25
    Titanic says:

    They’re just rearranging the deckchairs. Wait until the band starts playing.

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    Backwoodsman says:

    Yup, should be a great comfort to the ukipers to know ‘their man’ is at last in with a fighting chance of winninng a seat !

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    Phantom says:

    The Telegraph is reporting that his missus has signed a sworn affidavit that she took the points.

    That’s it man, Game over man, game over………

  28. 28
    ROGER M ALL QC says:

    How did you end up here ?
    On the 73 bus from Brixton !

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    Death by torture on the wards says:

    If you are old and ill avoid the NHS like the plague.

    They quite simply neglect all the basics of nursing. Patients are literally dying in agony for want of a shit and a dink.

    And if a patient becomes in their opinion unruly they shut the patient up with the force feeding of drugs

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    ROGER M ALL QC says:

    Paratroopers returning from Afghanistan to get a 10% pay cut as thanks for their service from Call me Dave
    A massive saving for the MOD of £4,000,000 Well done dave you fucking clown
    you could have saved a dam site more than that
    By stop paying Billions in overseas aid to nuclear countries with space programmes !

    You TIT !

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    Backwoodsman says:

    OOOOh look, ‘a pilgrim’ – paid diversity co-ordinator for some council isn’t she ?

  32. 32
    Jane Pig Grim says:

    Steady on !!

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    This is not even News worthy says:

    What a load of bollocks. Whenever we were deployed away from home/active service we always had extra pay. Whenever we got back home and away from active service our pay always reverted back to normal.

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    lilywhite says:

    What an excellent idea to expose all these rich people`s super injunctions in parliament, they might behave themselves better with the threat of exposure.
    I wonder if ex mrs huhne is satisfied now, talk about a woman spurned, she must be wallowing in happiness.

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    EXiled for drafter dodging says:

    what’s your point Oona Tamsyn King, Baroness King of Bow?

    Your father wasn’t exiled from anywhere – maybe you should read this

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    Stan Butler says:

    If you look at the type of person who is now entering politics you can see just how things will continue to deteriorate.
    They are too you and inexperienced. They have no experience outside of education and employment by a political party or they are recruited from the public sector and have no business experience.

    I agree with your views regarding the HOL. I’d also put in place some constraints to becoming an MP.

    1. At least 40 years old.
    2. A wide and varied experience in the private sector or across the public sector, but no more people who have either been just union officials or have had a single career such as Teachers..
    3. No criminal record.
    4. An end to the party lists. MP’s to have lived in the constituency they are to represent for at least 10 years prior to election as a potential candidate and to have preferable lived there longer and worked in it.

    I could go on but you get the drift. No more career politicans who tag onto a prty from school then get a seat at the age of 20. The people who represent their constituency should be from the consituency and should have life experience of living in the consituency.

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    Anonymous says:

    Poor politics and presentation, I agree. But there is another side of the story. All parachute-trained people (ie everyone in the Parachute Regiment and everyone posted to 16 Air Assault Brigade) get para pay, but at any one time only one battalion and a few specialist others (about one fifth of the total of all para-trained soldiers) are “in-role” and current with their para capability. It’s been like this for years.

    What’s actually proposed is that those “in-role” will continue to receive the para pay, those not in-role will not.

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    Bill d'Sarse says:

    As I read it, it’s the cooks, drivers, clerks etc that are to have their para pay cut. i.e. those personnel who are very unlikely to ever jump into action, not the front line toms (not that they have parachuted into action for quite swome time).

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    The cunt of Monte Cristo says:

    The whole Lib Dem construct..that of a party of protest at both local and national level means they were never going to be able to cope with the relentless pressure and scrutiny of Government.

    Lid Dems are a gang of leftist misfits, shameless liars, holier than thou hypocrites, fiddling little crooks, publicity seeking mongs, and are extremely ugly…I mean look at ms Winstanley for fucks sake.

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    Mark says:


    Have you not got over your conviction for stalking Hague yet, you utter psycho?

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    Nemo says:

    Well you see it takes time and they must be sure they have a water tight case, the longer it takes the more lawyers make. How long do you think it should take to convey property 1,2,3,4 weeks dream on, the system is so well oiled that there is too much oil in the system and an engineer will tell you what happens when there too much oil in an engine.

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    Dave loves Obama with all his heart says:

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    Stan Butler says:

    My Dad had a heart op in Liverpool. Great hospital, great doctors and great nurses. Sometime after the op he was rushed in to our local general hospital with complications. Doctors shit (all junior and not one with a clue as to what could be up with him), nurses fat and idle. One lazy lump, when I asked it whether it could fill my Dads water jug up, told me I had to wait for the catering orderly to arrive, due in two hours. I asked the idle lump where the fucking tap was. He was in for a week when he could have been out in 24hrs if he had had the right treatment. That said, the ambulance paramedic had the diagnosis spot on but it appeared that the Doctors ignored her advice. The NHS can great, but it can be absolutely useless too.

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    Nemo says:

    What day would you like?

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    Anonymous says:

    “The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said that the Chancellor should cut spending more slowly if the muted pace of expansion seen so far this year continues.”

    To quote Unlucky Alf from The Fast Show “Oh bugger!”

    Well it’s not like he wasn’t warned.

  46. 46
    Yesterday says:

    See you next Tuesday.

  47. 47
    Backwoodsman says:

    Yes, a report mentioned very briefly in passing by bbc – just before the long puff piece about how some Dr’s body were utterly opposed to those wicked Tory health reforms, which everyone knows are completely unnecessary in the magnificent but under staffed nhs.

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    Nemo says:

    He would have to be, poor little Willy, we ought to have a be nice to Willy day.

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    anc says:

    The core problem for the conservative part of the government is that their LibDem partners are just not up to the scrutiny and standard of behaviour that is required of them. Given that the general standard among MP’s is so pathetically low anyway, the LibDems are even more of a liability. Cameron’s problem is that he has o make do with what’s on offer and the LibDem pond is very small and its pond life particularly venal.

    The conservatives may not be much better in terms of venality but at least with numbers comes a better choice.

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    scratch and sniff says:

    “I mean look at ms Winstanley for fucks sake.”

    or bernard manning’s body double, as she’s affectionately called in hampshire

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    Professor Robert Winstons says:

    Breaking News!! Cheryl Cole, Britain’s Darling has been dropped from US Xfactor

    This is devastating news to all of us who care so much about Cheryl and her tearful Geordie ways.
    Devastating for all us who love the way Cheryl cries at such trivial matters, she really is the UK poster girl for the cult of celebrity in the UK.

    On Topic:
    As I have reported before I have come to the conclusion that leftists are all a bunch of cow’s cun’ts

  52. 52
    Spot the muppet says:

    yeah right and on the other hand the financial institutions would have defaulted us and removed the AAA RATING creating a Greece type basket case despite what OECD say

    You really are an economic fuckwit arn’t you? Paid up member of Labour no doubt


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    Nemo says:

    Stan the Man, most assuredly ever since there was ever a politician there has been corruption, they have climbed up the slimey pole, now that is where there big money is and of course the patronage that goes with the “job” (patronage can have big returns when they leave office and favours are called in), and the old saying, absolute power leads to absolute corruption is as true as it has ever been.

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    Tube_Thumper says:

    Urghh why did you post that picture of that big blond ugly thing. Looks like an overfed Myra Hindley. Old Huhne really likes the dodgy birds doesnt he. I would worry about than more than the speeding if I were the voting public. which I am. Off with his nuts (not his wheel nuts)

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    Nemo says:

    He is half a Campbell, say no more

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    from spain says:

    PP same fuckers as the PSOE still spend other peoples money

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    Anonymus says:

    What a terrible slur to suggest that the fine people of alabama in the 1950s/60s applied the rules differently.
    “student deferments were routine at the time and he had clearly met the criteria for a deferment, his request was denied.”

    “His oldest brother Clennon Junior had applied to the University of Mississippi for graduate school in 1958, making him the first African-American to apply to the University of Mississippi. The state had him declared insane, arguing that any Black person who applied to that school had to be insane, and he was committed involuntarily to a state asylum”

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    Anonymus says:

    nope. Her main “day job” is something far less useful than that.

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    Ripped-off Constituent says:

    Just look at what has happened in Portsmouth South. The disgraced MP, Mike Hancock – described in the Sunday Times as ‘an embarrassment to the Commons’, continues to enjoy the support of his local party activists. The party itself, in control of Portsmouth City Council, reels from one economic mess to another while Officers and Members struggle to distance themselves from persistent stories of fraud, concealment and corruption. ‘Supporting the unsupportable’? Yes.

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    Nemo says:

    Just one little problem, how do you know that there are not a lot of super injuctions taken out by our beloved parliamentarians as no one should know by the nature of super injunctions

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    Anonymous says:

    What a vocabulary, impressive!

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    Postlethwaite says:

    Chokes me to say i agree

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    Is it April the 1st? says:

    Chris Huhne has achieved more in a year than most top politicians manage in a lifetime

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    Anonymus says:

    If you see a CV of someone who has “wide and varied experience”, you might think they’d been tossing about and can’t decide on a single career.

    But people who are good at what they do aren’t likely to want to piss off and become an MP. unless they’ve got some rather burning ambition. (ie a power fiend or hardcore Napolean complex), or have lost their marbles and cannot do their job any more.

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    Selohesra says:

    I see Alan Bennett has come out saying cutting libraries is like child abuse – when he has been anally raped as a kid by a relative, teacher, vicar or just some passing weirdo then perhaps he is qualified to make such ridiculous analogies – until then he should shut up and receive OTT award

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    Postlethwaite says:

    Saved four million pounds.
    Four million pounds is six million dollars
    Oil is over 100 dollars a barrel
    That is 60,000 bbls

    Grubby Libyan oil grab of one and a half million barrels a day.
    Yeah i can see why they are saving four million pounds.

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    TOO FAR says:

    Who is this sad arsehole who keeps posing this? Must realy fancy Willy, TAT maybe? FFS get a life. Stupid boy!! mmm might be femail. Possibly bit of both!!!

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    Engineer says:

    Hard to see how the cuts could be less. Government spending is already increasing in cash terms except for capital expenditure. If the cuts were any less, they wouldn’t be cuts at all, they’d be increases.

    There is a school of thought that suggests that continuing to increase National Debt at the current, or higher rate, is not a good policy. Debt is already excessive, and it’s rate of increase should be slowed or stopped, preferably now. Also, inflation should be controlled, and taxes cut to stimulate the real economy.

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    Nemo says:

    Qualified nurses nowadays have degrees, it seems a lot of jobs a junior nurse did, is done by carers, count the nurses on an actual ward, not very many also the carers are bit thin on the ground, everything is alright unless something goes wrong and the nurses and carers have all on to cope.

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    Anonymous says:

    Oh and by the way we aren’t Greece as we have fiscal and monetary autonomy. We can inflate to pay debt (not a great choice but one not available to Greece).UK debt falls due for payment in 13/14 yrs time, Greece’s debt had a maturity of 3 / 4 years. Greece had a sigificant problem with tax evasion and people with a retirement age of 50 as a right.
    We aren’t Greece, not even close so take the barbed hook out of your protruding lower lip. Or do you actually enjoy the unecessary pain it brings?

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    Living in hope not far from total despair says:

    Prima face case of ‘conspiracy to pervert the course of justice’. Mind your fingers sir and madame the cell door is very heavy.

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    Charlotte Harris says:

    You’ve got to hand it to Chris Huhne !

    US President Barack Obama has hosted a dinner in honour of Chris Huhne at the end of his state visit to the UK.

    The president and his wife Michelle organised the intimate evening as a thank-you to Chris Huhne for providing so much humour over the past few months.
    “He really is a laughing stock the world over”,th ePresident is quoted as saying.

  73. 73

    Breaking News : Cheryl Cole Sacked off American x factor’s got tallent whatever type show
    because they can’t understand a fuckin word she said !

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    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    “…unless they’ve got some rather burning ambition. (ie a power fiend or hardcore Napolean complex), or have lost their marbles and cannot do their job any more.”

    Sums up most politicians to a T

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Cant he just do the hounrable thing and resign or hang himself (Might improve the happiness index)

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    Fa Kin Su Pah says:

    Have a crack at the moon landings next.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    O/T But Guido, did you not see the anointed one make a tit of himself doing the toast other night , was all over Fox news last night, Glenn Beck even listed the story from the telegraph about OBummers top 10 insults to the uk.

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    Moley says:

    I don’t understand what Eastleigh Lib Dems are complaining about.

    Everyone knows that Lib Dem election campaigns are totally unprincipled and rely on partial truths, distortions, and sometimes downright lies, so against that yardstick, Huhne is a really good Lib Dem MP.

    There is no recall and they can’t get rid of him; and presumably they selected him in the first place and failed to understand what sort of a person he was.

    They have made their bed, and now they have to lie in it.

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    Nemo says:

    Posing or posting?

    posing – the act of assuming a certain position

    posting – A message on an internet discussion forum, blog, newsgroup, mailing list, etc.

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    Postlethwaite says:

    Hey Guido,

    I do hope you are going after Jacqui Smith after this one man hoon crusade of yours.

    Jacqui Smith a really suitable case for treatment.

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    Ed Moran says:

    Mr Fawkes,
    you are prominent over at Lib Dem Voice.
    Sadly they don’t like you.
    It seems that they don’t know the first rule of holes….

  82. 82

    She has got away with it. Unfortunately.

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    Ed Moran says:

    Relevance to this thread?
    Or are you just a troll?

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    Tony E says:

    Well if I recall correctly, Keir Starmer was very much Labour’s man. No doubt he will consult (r)Ed to see whether he thinks he can inflict more damage on the government by prosecuting him, or leaving im in the cabinet.

    As for the other charges, I’m sure the Lib Dems spent a good amount of time rechecking the numbers last night, long enough to see if they had cooked the books well enough to have any chance of having them stand up to scrutiny. If they have failed to perpetrate the fraud well enough no doubt they will throw Huhne to the wolves as an easy escape route.

    Liberal Democrats, sleasier than Labour, more hard bitten than the Tories, less relaible than UKIP, dafter than the Monster Raving Looney Party!

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    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    Chris, don’t worry, the DPP are in our pockets too. Boaz

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    Ignorant Lib Dem MP from Portsmouth says:

    Eh? I am putting down an early day motion to have the internet banned. Jahbulon.

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    Jock Strapped says:

    Ah, the importance of the apostrophe. The absence of one might prolong the awful experience: for the sake of a single f*ck? Or for several f*cks? We shall never know.

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    Postlethwaite says:

    It would be nice to see what you have posted.
    – At work anything that looks like utube is blocked.
    – At home the connection has a maximum connection download of about 30k.

    Yes 30k which makes looking at moving pictures in real time impossible. Downloading a 30 second clip takes forever and often is a just not worth the meager bandwidth.

    I suppose a politician would say i do have ”broadband” . . .

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    Ignorant Lib Dem MP from Portsmouth says:

    Many have never had a proper job in their entire lives. Me for example.

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    Engineer says:

    Not entirely – her constituents did express an opinion through the ballot box.

    Her bank account and employment prospects didn’t seem to suffer though, so it’s mostly a win for the ex-Home Secretary, sadly for the taxpayer.

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    Tacitus says:

    “including a BBC camera crew”
    Absolutely nothing on the Toady Programme and I bet the World at One.
    Why does the programme “Feedback” not report and professionally address on BBC political bias?

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    ichabod says:

    Whatever happens to her, Mrs Huhne, or the ex Mrs Huhne, is my woman of the year–if Ayaan Hirsi Ali decides to sit this year out.

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    Tacitus says:

    She even got to meet Obama. Seems in the UK crime does pay.

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    Anonymous says:

    Then why isn’t the fat lady singing?

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    Postlethwaite says:

    This was in reply to a thread that has obviously been moderated . . . it had some sort of televisual stuff

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    Descartes says:

    I said over 200 years ago that ‘Any person putting themselves forward for public service, should be banned from it, on the basis they have put themselves forward.’
    This is as true today as it was then. Most of today’s politicians, from whatever Party, have either failed at their chosen careers or never had one in the first place.
    The evidence of these corrupt self-servers is daily on these pages. MP,s who are corrupt, criminals, Perverts, Troughers etc. Just look at the list: All the ones in jail and all the ones who should be; Laws, Huhne, Hancock and many others. A high proportion of these crooks also seem to be LibDems.

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    banana republican says:

    i think from all outward appearances that Huhne’s laughable defence is to be that his wife picked up the letter from the rozzers and, knowing he was in trouble, and being a loving lady, sent the form back with her name on it without his knowledge.

    only when she ran to the papers did the saintly Chris find out about his little woman’s perversion of the course of justice, and being the good family man he is he couldn’t bring himself to dob in the mother of his children blah blah.

    total cods, of course. But can the CPS’s finest PROVE it?
    his against hers, embittered woman scorned,reasonable doubt, no prospect of a conviction.

    only if she can get an array of external witnesses is there a case. the judge she allegedly confided in is interesting. but will your honour fess up to the fuzz?
    surely it must be a criminal offence leading to disbarring for a judge to cover up a crime? so probably no luck there then.

    huhne is likely to escape, mortally wounded as a 99% probable liar and man who will dump on his ex-wife to scrabble for his glorious career, but clinging limpet like onto the carcass of libdem power.
    I hope i’m wrong and he gets time, maybe the expenses convictions have woken up our prosecutors to the justice of nabbing the troughers. let us pray……

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    Handycock says:

    The same applies to Portsmouth and you have failed to mention dodgy funding from local crooks. Boaz.

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    Chris Hoon says:

    Hoons don’t do hoonarable things.

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    Anonymous says:

    Billy, why do you expect him to change his lifetime habits;leopards don’t change their spots.

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    BBC News Editor says:

    Lies spread on the Internet do not interest our customers.

  102. 102
    banana republican says:

    actually i believe he was once whilst looking for a jammie dodger that had fallen under the settee……

  103. 103
    Anonymous says:

    ABS not a handbrake turn!

  104. 104
    Anonymous says:

    We don’t need a handbrake turn but rather ABS

  105. 105
    Anonymous says:

    Whichever you prefer

  106. 106
    Iloathlefties says:

    We cannot go on like this. The state is too big and takes over 50% of our wealth when you include all the direct and indirect taxes. There are real time increases of over 4% this year in public sector finance and the 1-2% increases for the rest of the Parliament. Osborne needs to get an axe out not just pretend to cut. Its the tax and squeeze on family take home pay and allowances that are hurting the economy. Socialists just don’t get it. Let the people free, they can spend their money more wisely than the state..
    Low tax and small state economies do best!!!!!

  107. 107
    Anonymous says:

    I have a faint memory of “recall” being offered in the election campaign.
    Anyone heard of any developments towards implementation or was it just another empty pre-election ploy?

  108. 108
    Iloathlefties says:

    Got a feeling he will too.

  109. 109
    Iloathlefties says:

    Understaffed because we’re paying the health costs for the world. No checks on who’s entitled to care. Third world come here to save themselves health costs. Too pc to check on them.

  110. 110
    Iloathlefties says:

    Our politicians are plain stupid………£11.5 billion in aid to foreign f**ks who hide terrorists and have nucleur programmes, buy summarines da de da or the £10 billion net to give away to our competitors in the EU to improve their infrastructure. Whilst we drive (crawl) on third world roads!
    So……… we cut the pay of our brave soldiers who are fighting a war in Afghanistan whilst we allow 40,000 student visas a year to Pakistanis and their families, many from the region that is most radicalised with NO checks.
    Our leaders are bonkers from planet fruitcake.
    We borrow to give it away to foreigners!!

  111. 111
    Disco Biscuit says:

    Did Anne used to be a man?

  112. 112
    There's a funny thing says:

    Why is Adam Boulton moonlighting as Huhnes Election Agent ?

  113. 113
    Come out the closet Man ! says:

    Oh hold on…..she hasn’t. Just the usual PR bollox story that Barnum Cowells rather shite PR team come out with every fucking week !

  114. 114
    Mystick1 says:

    I’d prefer a House of Lords with honest independent-minded people. That would mean no failed politicians and politically place individuals. Ergo no former MPs.

  115. 115
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Fuckin BBC can’t get enough of the fat old slapper !

  116. 116
    The Duke of Edinburgh says:

    When I asked Ms King how she “ended up here” I got into all sorts of trouble.

  117. 117
    Strap lines for every occassion says:

    How about calling it “Comment for an indeterminate amount of time “

  118. 118
    Nick Clegg says:

    For fuck’s sake, can’t they just waterboard the slimy Hunt?

  119. 119
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    In which case why did you specify a ‘socialist government’?

  120. 120
    Lord Mandelbum says:

    If I can do it, he can do it.

  121. 121
    Lord Mandelbum says:

    No, Backwoodsman, there was a very long piece on it on Today including an interview with the rightly angry mother of a patient and with the CEO of one of the trusts in question. He had a mammoth battering from Humphrys and the woman in question. Did you hear it or are you so overwhelmed with all things Tory that your fucking hearing has been buggered?

  122. 122
    Dick Shonnery says:

    And kept the bath plug and videos?

  123. 123
    P. Chute says:

    Have the Paras dropped in on anyone since Suez in 1956? I think we should be told.

  124. 124
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Are we talking expenses or what?

  125. 125
    Moley says:

    Recall was abandoned when Clegg realised that he could be recalled for broken promises over tuition fees.

    It would of course be quite outrageous if MPs could be recalled for breaking cast iron promises; unthinkable.

  126. 126
    Engineer says:

    Anonymous – if you’re heading for a cliff edge, you stop by whatever means are available. If you’d like to know what heading over the cliff edge is like, take a look at Ireland, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Argentina, Zimbabwe, the Weimar republic….

  127. 127
    The Golem says:

    Amounts to turkeys voting for Christmas, so I’d say most certainly an empty ploy.

  128. 128
    Mystick1 says:

    Sadly the likes of Eric Illsley have been made scapegoats for about 400 crooke Hunts wh have got away with it. Jacqui Smith is the perfect example – a thieving fucking whore who should now be inside for a few years. Instead the BBC employs her to make documentary on the porn trade. Her husband was better qualified. And did her sister pay tax on the money she got from Jacqui ? Of course not ! Another fucking crook. Thought tax evasion was a crime. It is for everyone else but OK if you’re related to a shit in the House of Thieves ( once called Commons ).

  129. 129
    Anonymous says:

    You really have swallowed it haven’t you?

  130. 130
    Mystick1 says:

    What nursing ? Most are fucking pen pushers. Don’t know what nursing is. Should start as they used to do years ago. Stop the crap like GCSE and degrees in nursing. Bring back matrons and ward sisters to show them what the job means. The only good ones are the Pilippino nurses who learnt the job the real way.

  131. 131
    Anonymous says:

    Hit the brakes too hard and you skid, we’re skidding towards the cliff edge now. Can I take it you aren’t an automotive engineer?

  132. 132
    Robert Mugabe says:

    Anne Winstanley, The Eastleigh Libdems And Chris Huhne are probably innocent!

    Solidarity with my Lib Dem brothers.

    No Shame

    By Any Means Necessary

  133. 133
    Nick Clegg, leader of the way too LIBeral with our DEMocracy's money party says:


    I don’t like to harp on about it, or blow my own trumpet, or make it seem like I’m being distracted from the valuable business of running the country you understand but I simply must point out that ‘My 15 Minutes, By Any Means Necessary’ was my idea first.

  134. 134
    Robert Mugabe says:

    Oh for goodness sake, I gave you credit for No Shame, I said I was using your motto. Can’t we just share the credit?

    I’m starting to feel angry and that’s not good for my blood pressure at my age, or for anyone near me with a pro life agenda.

    No Shame

    ( Nick Clegg’s 15 Minutes) By Any Means Necessary

  135. 135
    Anonymous says:

    see my response of 11.53 above

  136. 136
    David Laws says:

    This isn’t a f ucking panto. On the other hand, anything that takes attention away from me.

    Go Eastleigh, and Portsmouth. Solidarity.

  137. 137

    Shortly after last night’s meeting
    Any comments were rather fleeting
    Has the public lost respect?
    Or am I simply incorrect?
    Some say the allegations sounded
    Untrue, false, or just unfounded
    But MPs down to the humblest voter
    Want to know who drove that motor
    The only way is Essex, right?
    But did she drive there late at night?
    A tricky road ahead for Mr Huhne
    We should have more info very soon
    Hoping for some correct solutions
    From the Director of Public Prosecutions
    All that this writer can surmise
    Is that it wasn’t a pointless exercise

  138. 138
    Soon to be unemployed in Portsmouth says:


  139. 139
    Engineer says:

    I would respectfully suggest that it’s you that has ‘swallowed it’, Anonymous.

    When National Debt exceeds 100% of GDP, you have a sick economy. You are very much at the mercy of the bond markets – if they up their rates, you pay. Your only other choice is to default, which will push the rates up on your remaining debt. That reduces your choices in all other areas of public spending.

    If you want to go and support Greek economics, be our guest, but don’t drag us with you.

  140. 140
    Cynic says:

    Running out and jumping into a car? Not living at home? What can they have to hide?

  141. 141
    Pointius Pilot says:

    Mystic, have been reading my mind again?

  142. 142
    Pointius Pilot says:

    You’re doing it again!

  143. 143
    Gene Poole says:

    I hear that she complained bitterly about being dropped but no-one could understand what she was going on about

  144. 144
    Anonymous says:

    OK, see you in the wreckage at the foot of the cliff then….

  145. 145
    Nemo says:

    Were’s mi pipe, cardi and slippers

  146. 146
    Nemo says:

    Err Like all the yanks and other foreigners that come here, they have health insurance so why don’t they follow those up, “the patients” are away and don’t pay the bill for treatment.

  147. 147
    The name is Cock, Handycock says:

    What is wrong with fraud, concealement and corruption? I have been involved in it all my life.

  148. 148
    Grand Master, Grand Lodge, The Strand. says:


  149. 149
    Peter Carter-Fuck says:

    I thought John Prescot had become a tranny.

  150. 150
    Peter Carter-Fuck says:

    Geoffrey Lean (an ironic name as he’s a fat fucking twat) is employed for some strange reason by the Barclay twins to piss of their few remaining readers with his enviromental loonism. If the seas do ever rise I can only hope that Breqou is the first to go under, along with the weird twosome.

  151. 151
    Engineer says:

    Not if Osborne gets a grip and eliminates the deficit, you won’t. He then needs to go further and rebalance the economy – the public sector being more than 50% of GDP is lunacy, and the sooner that proportion is reduced to something under 40%, the better.

  152. 152
    Disco Stew says:

    Is she an ex Russian Tank driver?

  153. 153
    Dalai Llama Ding Dong says:

    A face to sink 1000 ships!

  154. 154
    Dalai Llama Ding Dong says:

    The DPP is a boaz merchant, as is huhne, plod, all of them, figure it out!!!

  155. 155
    Anonymous says:

    His idealogical approach will only worsen the outlook, so don’t hold your breath. Obama got his recovery up to speed and is only now looking to introduce such measures – QED

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