October 10th, 2011

A Second Breach of the Ministerial Code

While we are mooting the idea of an investigation into Fox and his dubious relationship with the Ministerial Code, shouldn’t the Cabinet Secretary be having a look at the weekend’s other casualty? Huhne has admitted to lying on the record about briefing against his cabinet colleague Theresa May. He said the message he accidentally sent to the world was meant for a staffer when in fact it was to his old Westminster School friend, and Guardian political editor, Patrick Wintour. Psycho-Huhne was also caught telling a barefaced untruth about Philip Hammond, he also arguably has fallen foul of the rules by undermining May and her policies:

Media interviews, speeches etc

8.3 In all cases other than those described in paragraph 6.6, the principle of collective responsibility applies (see also paragraph 2.1). Ministers should ensure that their statements are consistent with collective Government policy. Ministers should take special care in referring to subjects which are the responsibility of other Ministers.

8.5 Ministers invited to broadcast on radio, television and/or webcasts in a political or private capacity should consider if such a broadcast would have a bearing on another department’s responsibilities, in which case they should clear the matter with the ministerial colleague concerned before agreeing to the invitation”

What if GOD was one of us, eh…


87 Comments

  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    If Fox goes before Hunt then there is no justice.

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  2. 2
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur. says:

    Over a lengthy period of time Huhne has been to be an unscrupulous, sleazy, lying, hypocrite who is prepared to use his family and do down colleagues to further his own career. If Clegg can’t see how grubby this shit looks to the electorate and kick him out of the Cabinet then it says an awful lot about his own weakness.

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    • 12
      Selohesra says:

      Based on those traits Huhne will go far in politics

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    • 77
      Normally silent majority says:

      Onoxious,duplicitous,back stabbing,lying,arrogant piece of shite. Hope I havent missed anything out – ermmmmmm oh yes he’s a libDem tree shagger as well.

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      • 86
        Up Yours says:

        Obnoxious et cetera, yes of course. But he also, this time, for once in his tiny life, happened to be right. May was a stupid cow to lift a quote from Farage without having it checked. Huhne merely pointed out that the emperor had no clothes. It was time somebody did – even if it was the Despicable Huhne !

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

    Oh and regaurding the Fox story.

    Thought the cartoon was a bit low, suggesting he had aids (aides) was a bit sick.

    I wonder if the tone had been the same if the rumours were of him being straight.

    Libertains?

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  4. 4
    Stewart Cotterill says:

    The man wants to be sacked as he hasn’t got the balls to resign. Then he can make himself look a martyr and become a leading figure in the Lib Dems outside the Government, setting himself up for leadership contest against Clegg in the future. Twat.

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  5. 5
    Nige says:

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  6. 6
    Anonymous says:

    Careful guido… I know Huhne is a Twat, but lets not get into this petty letter of the law. Sounding like a lib dem. Natural justice will come to him

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  7. 8
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

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  8. 10
    les says:

    Maybe Huhne is the one going today.

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    • 79
      Anonymous says:

      Nope
      The media can only think of one thing at a time.

      That’s why they only call on NOTW about “hacking” and will only see Fox as the minister problem today…. everyone else can say what they like, only Guido will pickup on it.

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  9. 13
    the last quango in paris says:

    SHouldnt Huhne just be getting on with his job instead of pratting about briefing people, wasting time by being interviewed by the Police and faffing about with his new girlfriend? Was he questioned by the Police in his time or ours?

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  10. 14
    Gerry Mandering says:

    There is a political calculation in this. Huhne has a narrow margin in Eastleigh so if there is a snap election before the Euro blows up, Dave gets rid of the LibDems in total.

    Huhne is very vulnerable and will not be in parliament next time round – Lords perhaps.

    Lord Huhne of Essex?

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  11. 15
    Chucker Oomanna aged 12 says:

    Chrissy, come join us! We’d love to have you! You’re one of us anyway!

    Must dash, heeps of stuff to do now I’m ever so important! Can’t chitter chatter here all day. Ciao! Missing you already!

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  12. 18
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Message to D. Cameron: Get. A. Fucking. Grip.

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      The Coalition Agrteement does not allow it... says:

      The trouble is that Cameron is a servant to events and he can’t get a grip as NO LibDem Cabinet Minister CAN be sacked by Cameron without the express agreement of Clegg….it’s in the Coalition Agreement

      Clegg cannot afford to let Huhne go to the back benches unless he is seriously damaged i.e. by being prosecuted for the alleged speeding offence. If Clegg sacks Huhne then he is storing up problems for himself as Huhne still has leadership ambitions and if he were to team up with Farron and Hughes he would make life extremely difficul. He may be briefing whilst in the Cabinet against Tory Cabinet Colleages(this is actually NOT an offence as far as some in the LibDems are concerned anyway)but he’s better in the tent pissing out than outside the tent pissing in

      Much the same goes for Cable as well..so unlesss Huhne or Cable choose to resign then they are in the Cabinet until the bitter end.

      As for Fox likewise unless he can be demonstrated to be “damaged irrevicably” he’s also in the Cabinet as Cameron can’t afford him to be stirring up the Tory right anymore than they are now…….

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  13. 19
    Who I am says:

    It must be because Huhne is a minister of the Crown that the CPS are dragging their heels in deciding to prosecute him or not. But where in common law does it say senior politicians should have preferential treatment?

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    • 45
      I Remember You Hoo says:

      Characters like Huhne don’t operate under the law that we are forced to oblige. If they did, more than 200 of the parasites would be behind bars right now with another 200 or so on probation and in community projects. When Dave and Co, say we are all in this together, he means them not us.

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  14. 25
    Popeye says:

    Why are the police dragging their heels over Huhne?
    Has he given the funny handshake or some other such thing?

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    • 81
      Person in charge of the long grass at the CPS says:

      It’s fuck all to do with the Police they have done their Job it’s the career Lawyers at the CPS who are the problem.

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  15. 26
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Despate Dan askd on last thread why politicons cover up about thier sexuallity?

    Maybe its to avoid getting accused of having Aides by some 3rd rate “cartoonist”, If the rumours had been about him being straight i doubt that line would have been used.

    The fucking knobend that drew the “cartoon” must think that only Gay people can get aids.

    But i am more disapointed that Guido allowed this to posted, Family blog and all that.

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    • 29
      Rubber Johnny says:

      Mention of the gay plague seems to have touched a raw nerve Billy.

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    • 35
      that's rich says:

      Gays are more likely to get AIDS because they get ripped a new arse on here on a regular basis.

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    • 44
      We're living in the Land of Oz says:

      You are so correct. Fox is a fine upstanding chap who has never told a lie and needs no assistance whatsoever from any kind of an adviser, whether in Sri lanka or the Middle East, with or without a business card or his own towel in the bathroom. Fox obviously deserves a million pounds compenstation from veveryone in the UK for all the hurt and suffering that has been caused him because of his error of judgement followed by promotion to leader of the Tory Party.

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  16. 28
    Si Cosis says:

    Are there voices in your head telling you to go after huhne?

    just asking.

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  17. 30
    Anon E Mouse says:

    Hune will escape discipline by No 10 as ‘Call me Dave’ doesn’t have the ability or will do go anything. Makes me wonder what Clegg has privately said that is continuing the inaction against recalcetrant and mendacious Lib Dems.

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  18. 32
    Another breaking scandal says:

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    • 34
      Another breaking scandal says:

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    • 37
      Sir William Waad says:

      Perhaps if we neutered cabinet mninisters they, too, would behave better and would not make a stink wherever they go?

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  19. 33
    Ezekiel Wheeler says:

    Gus ‘Old Dirty’ O’Donnell is no more likely to discover the truth about Huhne than he is about Fox. Who can ever forget his withholding of key evidence from the Chilcot Inquiry? Old Dirty should have been sent packing years ago.

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  20. 36
    Sir William Waad says:

    I don’t care what any of these people do in bed, as long as it’s legal. I do care whether they are honest and competent and whether they are concentrating on their work rather than on meowing, hissing and arching their backs at other politicians.

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  21. 38
    algarve202 says:

    Why has huhne not mentioned Mrs Slocombes pussy.
    Is Theresa May really Mrs Slocombe in disguise

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  22. 40
    Rt Hon Chris Huhne says:

    Ridin’ along in my automobile
    My mistress behind me at the wheel
    I don’t want the points on my name
    I’m a man who never feels shame
    I brief against a minister who’s Tory
    When I left my wife I told her we have 30 minutes to kill the story
    To the calls for me to go I will never yield
    Even if I have to use my kids as a human shield

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      Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

      Well said Chris and don’t forget the Grand Master is looking after us both. Boaz.

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  23. 46
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Sickest comment of the day

    “Got Aides yet Liam?”

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  24. 47
    Chris Hoon says:

    Why are we called ‘FibDems’ ??

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  25. 48
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I haven’t had sex for about 1 year, 4 months, 24 days and 56 minutes.

    It doesn’t bother me though.

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  26. 49
    Anonymous says:

    I think we’ve discovered a new classification system for MP’s.

    C. Huhne – To be determined.
    C. Bryant – Huhne
    T. Watson – Prick
    L. Fox – Huhne
    Ed Balls – Prick with overtones of Huhne
    W. Hague – Huhne
    P. Mandelson – Huhne
    E. Miliband = Alien

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  27. 50
    SouthEastVoter says:

    I have not followed the Liam Fox thing with any detail – just followed the news on the BBC. I cant see he has done anything wrong that could lead to him resigning. He has had a meeting(s) with a friend and others.

    Remember no Defense Ministers resigned because Troops did not have the correct equipment in Iraq or Afgan and died as a result.

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    • 73
      Selohesra says:

      Labour mp on 5 live this am repeating all sorts of accusations about Fox – no one to challenge or even put up case for defence. Why does Cameron let them get away with such relentless bias

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  28. 52
    GILF Watch says:

    Angela Knight looking very foxy in a short skirt on Daily Politics.

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  29. 53
    Gordon Brown MP says:

    I’m getting on with the job.

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  30. 55
    Well it's a thought says:

    Camoron is on tv, brush carpet the under it, end of, no change then.

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  31. 56
    Ed Balls says:

    The Adam Wewwity scandal is vewy wowwying.

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  32. 59
    Penfold says:

    Who will rid us of this turbulent man?

    There is nothing appealing about Huhne, duplicitious, lying, cheating, two timing, self centered, egotistical, self interested, immoral and lacking in any ethics.
    How is it, that this sack of shit has survived so long in the coalition?
    What sort of evidence will he offer for Carina?, will it be honest?, unbiassed?, and the whole truth?.
    Will Huhne have to cross his fingers whilst taking the oath?
    Would anyone in a position of responsibility trust a single word that this man utters?

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  33. 62
    Four-eyed English Genius says:

    Lib Dem politician appears to be a lying scheming hypocrite! Shock Horror! In other news, it has been proved that animals of the ursine species defaecate in sylvan areas!

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  34. 63
    YorkshireLad says:

    Huhne should go back to gutter where is is most at home…he should be summarily dismissed, or even better, shot.

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  35. 65
    Mr Camerhuhne says:

    I think Liam should make an honest man of Mr Werrity and tie the knot. We will introduce the necessary legislation to make this entirely legal and above board. The Tories – listening to the gays, by the gays and for the gays going forward.

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  36. 66
    les says:

    How very, very curious!

    jameschappers James Chapman (Mail)
    EXC Jim Murphy took a £3,484 ‘factfinding’ freebie to Washington in July courtesy of Cellcrypt, firm at centre of Fox furore. How curious.

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  37. 70

    Huhne is staying that was decided ages ago, DC can not afford to out a Libdem otherwise it is all over. We’ll find out in a few years how they are all at it, first chance of power and the “Don’t you know who I am” thing goes right to the head, money expenses free trips here, I mean who gives up the chance to hire yourself out for the day at £3 to £5k, no one, so they are all on the take, and DC can do nothing about it.
    Fox is an idiot, the best replacement would be David Davis, but DC hates him because he has principles and he can not afford anyone who has principles, I mean really, standing up for what you believe it, what next!

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  38. 74
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

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  39. 82
    Jimmy says:

    “Ministers should take special care in referring to subjects which are the responsibility of other Ministers.”

    Doesn’t this mean a Home Sec shouldn’t make cracks about Justice Dept legislation?

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  40. 83
    Rob A says:

    Don’t forget a certain Mr Clarke who also took lumps out of Theresa May. The inability to support each other in this coalition seems endemic. Call an election and let’s all move on.

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  41. 84
    Is Ann Milton Mrs Overall? says:

    My understanding is that the ministerial code grants exemption where the comments made refer to a minister who is provably a demented old twat. On this basis both Huhne and Clarke are in the clear.

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  42. 85
    Albert M. Bankment says:

    Heh. Good to see a Joan Osborne reference, Guido. “Just a stranger on the bus, trying to find his way home.”

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