February 29th, 2012

Flashback: Huhne and Severance Pay

Guido was in the room when Chris Huhne stood next to Sayeeda Warsi at their joint “Labour’s Legacy of Waste” press conference in those heady coalition days of August 2010. He stood there, perfectly calm, with his characteristic blank stare. He showed no sign of disagreement when Warsi said:

“That’s why today, I have written to each of the candidates in the Labour leadership contest and asked them to confirm that they, and other former ministers supporting them, intend to renounce their ministerial severance pay. At a time when people across the country are being asked to tighten their belts to deal with Labour’s economic mess, it is unacceptable that the very people responsible, walk away with up to £20,000 each. Forfeiting this pay would be the first step towards accepting their responsibility, and the first sign that they had come to terms with the mistakes of their past.”

Whatever happens in court on Friday, Huhne broke the Ministerial Code. If that is not “a mistake of the past”, then what is?


  1. 1
    Huhne Watch says:

    Huhned to rights

  2. 2
    Just one point says:

    He has not been found guilty yet in a court of law.

  3. 3
    Tuscan Tony says:

    “Politician in it for the direct and indirect money” shocker.

    I’d also like to say I am in love wit Sayeeda: is that wrong?

  4. 4
    Iain Dale's Dildo says:

    Hunhe has *not* broken the Ministrial Code…yet.

  5. 5
    Well said Rupert says:

  6. 6
    Iain Dale's Dildo says:

    Yes. She’s a bit of a bitch.

  7. 7
    Iain Dale's Dildo says:

    I bet you’re grateful, aren’t you Rupert.

  8. 8
    Andrew Efiong says:

    He broke the code and he resigned. How on earth can he claim the cash?

    Because he’s a troughing politician and there’s nothing to stop him?

  9. 9
    nellnewman says:

    Exactly. twatson and his ilk have descended into farce!! Mind it’s amusing watching them there.

  10. 10
    Harpic Hareperson says:

    The court of public opinion is the only one which matters.

  11. 11
    Rage Against the Political Elite. says:

    Scum Politicians Plot their future and the TAX payer supporting them for when they get caught out and have to leave their position. Wonder How much FOXY got. Not Cock. I mean Money from the overburdened Tax Payer

  12. 12
    Loungelizard says:

    Payment should be means tested but 17 grand to get rid of him was dosh well spent.

  13. 13
    nellnewman says:

    Well huhne is a £multimillionaire why does he want more of our money? Says something about the man doesn’t it?

  14. 14
    phil says:


  15. 15
    Mrs Hyacinths Bucket says:

    So if he is convicted he should return the money, do you agree ?

  16. 16
    Update Neo Guido says:

  17. 17
    Billy Bob says:

    Huhne is not a nice person…


  18. 18
    Allah Akbar says:

    But she’s leading the brave fight against militant secularists! They’re trampling the rights of her co-religionists, such as the Sultan of Brunei, to practice their beliefs.

  19. 19
    Tuscan Tony says:

    “Glue factory”

    Isn’t that what Wendi calls your winkle?

  20. 20
    Just one point says:


  21. 21
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    So H*rry was too late to do the photoshopping of the gun sights?

  22. 22
    Ads21 says:

    Seems Warsi no longer believes accepting severence pay is so bad either:

    @torychairman: Q.What is your opinion on Mr Chris Huhne receiving a “severance payout” given his current circumstances?
    A.on Huhne – it’s got to be his call. But let’s not forget in this country a man is innocent until proven guilty. Let’s not have trial by twitter.


  23. 23
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Basic rule – Huhne will do or say anything that he thinks will lead to self-enrichment or a further inch up the greasy pole. He is a spiv of the highest order.

  24. 24
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    I had the radio on. in the car. and each time the BBC were earnestly telling the story in a reasonable way, it sounded less like a real story, it became more and more like a farce. AND it displaced the bit about NI investigating whether two married police officers were shagging each other.

    It doesnt take much imagination to wonder how NI would run the horse story if it was about someone they had taken a dislike to.
    They’d have probably told us the horse was worth £200k.

  25. 25
    Mrs Hyacinths Bucket says:

    If he wants the severance payment, he obviously doesn’t want or expect to get his job back like his criminal mate Laws.
    Cameron should make it clear now, that anyone forced to resign for whatever reason from the cabinet should not be reinstated.

  26. 26
    LozEWright says:

    Surprised she answered me to be honest.

  27. 27
    Chris Hoon says:

    FibDems: soft, cuddly on the surface; hard-nosed, two-faced troughers on this inside.

  28. 28
    labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    He’s an opportunist come champagne socialist, which also says something about the man.

  29. 29
    A stinking rich country estate owner says:

    I would like to thank mr Huhne for making me filthy rich. My hill top land was worthless, I could not grow on it and I could not farm on it, all it was good for was ramblers and people enjoying the countryside.

    Now it is covered with windmills earning me a fortune and no effort required from me. I can still graze a few sheep around them and the windmills’ blades kill any birds of prey looking to take young lambs. In the interest of security I now have a fence keeping all ramblers away, not that they want to come here any more anyway as the peace and tranquility has been destroyed until the feed in tarrif runs out.

  30. 30
    Loungelizard says:

    Who is this Judge Twitter, never heard of him!

  31. 31
    Desperate Dan says:

    She’s not looking so good in that picture but get her baby-oiled up and sent to my room and I probably would.

  32. 32
    Chuckus Yamoney says:

    Chris Huhne was Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Credit Ratings agency Fitch IBCA, who along with Moody’s and S&P, grossly misled the entire investing world that worthless bits of paper were triple A, cast iron guarantees of getting your money back, which was a cornerstone of the credit crunch.

    Why did nobody in the LibDems ever ponder that Chris Huhne might be up for telling a porky or three?

    I’ll bet a slippery brief will get him off on a technicality, despite damning evidence, as the government and CPS’s record on these contentious, high profile cases (like Abu Qatada) is just appalling.

    Expect Huhne to resume his seat at the cabinet table very soon.

  33. 33
    Baron Hogwash says:

    Will he hell..

  34. 34
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Who are these militant secularists. I mean, if someone literally comes knocking at my door peddling such bollocks I politely say no thank you (literally peddling come to think of it).

  35. 35
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    If he is convicted, not only should he give up his severance pay, but he should be barred from collecting his pension, and any other “benefits” ensued.

    Why should we put up with this?!

  36. 36
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    That should read

    ……not be reinstated – ever!

  37. 37
    Desperate Dan says:

    LibDem MP Norman Baker re Mandelson: “Mandelson has received more than £23,000 of taxpayers money tax free from the last two times he was forced to resign…….Mandelson should return the money”.

    LibDem MP Norman Baker re Blunkett’s £18,000: “MPs who resign should refund severance pay”

    LibDem PM Norman Baker re Huhne:………………………………………………………………….

  38. 38
    Anonymous says:

    The liblabcons are all in it together.

  39. 39
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    They make the Rules to suit themselves.

  40. 40
    smoggie says:

    We all make “mistakes of the past”. And Huhne’s ex made several of them.

  41. 41
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Two words.

    Greedy Bastard.

  42. 42

    Laws DIDN’T take any money though.

    Huhne did.

  43. 43
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    He’s like a boomerang. He keeps on coming back.

    Will Bliar be next, I wonder???

  44. 44
    The Paragnostic says:

    Should that not be “lowest order”?

    The man is an AGW amoeba, a windfarm worm, the botulinus of boondogglery.

  45. 45
    Anonymous says:

    You really believe that this is news?

    There isn’t a single politician, current or otherwise, in this country, who isn’t in it for his/herself.

    You really must have realised this by now surely?

    Every single one of them lives off the state, or off the back of the fools who put them there in the first place, in one way or another.

  46. 46

    Just on this Unite thing.

    The bus drivers want extra cash because there will be more people using them during the Olympics..

    Do they get a wage reduction on a wet Wednesday when the buses are less full?
    Would they prefer to negotiate a per/passenger deal? So a full bus earns the driver more than an empty one?

    What they really want is a share of the profits that they know the bus companies will earn. I expect if they negotiated privately, without the help of dinosaur Len, they might get a bonus.

  47. 47
    Desperate Dan says:

    It used to be easy to forecast what the BBC would broadcast on Christmas Day – Queen’s Speech, people jumping into the Serpentine, people queuing for Harrods sale…..
    Now its possible to predict what the BBC will broadcast every day: Hacking with a quote from Watson/Bryant/Prescott/Campbell/Miliband. Riots and demonstrations from anywhere especially if they involve burning buildings and blood (the rioters are always right). The City, evil place full of bad people. Human rights as blunt instrument against British people and their government with quotes from army of human rights practitioners. Starving children in Africa – give us your money on behalf of various charidees. Boreathon featuring whatever is on The Guardian’s front page. Its like Groundhog Day.

  48. 48
    Taxi for hire says:

    I ‘ad that Becci Brookes in the back once. Only charged her £4.00 Aldgate East to Wapping. But then the ‘orse did do most of the pulling.

    be lucky!

  49. 49
    Lord Justice Pickles says:

    “He showed no sign of disagreement with Warsi”

    Nice spinning, Guido.
    The real question is

    Did Huhne show signs of agreement with Warsi?

    A Huhne blank stare can mean nothing, signifying neither agreement nor disagreement.

    Score D-
    Must try harder!

  50. 50
    Spartacus says:

    characteristic blank stare?
    did you mean vacant look?

  51. 51
    Lord Mendelsohn says:

    I love the whiff of lavender in the morning

  52. 52
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    I don’t think it’s militant secularists that are the problem. Clashes between different religions or one particular religion and the state seem to be more widespread across the globe.

  53. 53
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Oddly enough the ratings agencies seem to have copped most flak for (correctly) downgrading government but very little for their real crime – giving AAA ratings to securities that were no such thing.

  54. 54
    Pundit Too says:

    “Forfeiting this pay”?
    More like forfeiting a banker’s style bonus for incompetence.

  55. 55
    Pundit Too says:

    Don’t forget cuts, cuts and more cuts.
    “Its all Fachers fault”.
    Now they are lauding Harold Wilson on BBC 3 and 4. Trying desperately to rewrite history and give him a good name.
    Their take on Britain in the 60’s is also a good laugh done by people who were born later and interviewing people too young for those days.
    Social History Re-engineering (SHR) – that is what the BBC do best.

  56. 56
    inside- out says:

    “But let’s not forget in this country a man is innocent until proven guilty”. But in Huhne’s case we should make an exception.The man is a five star copper bottomed chancer,who deserves all thats coming to him.If I was called for jury service on his case, I would die a happy man.

  57. 57
    Business Cat (Specializing in yarns, Cdn owned & op) says:

    + 1

  58. 58
    Christian Guru Murphy says:

    And the NHS. The BBC are against the Bill and every day they try to scare people into agreeing with them.

  59. 59
    (I've been renamed) DA-Notice says:

    Huhne by name Hoon by nature.

  60. 60
    Anonymous says:

    Not really when you take in to account that his successor has stated he intends to continue with the policy of installing useless wind turbines.

  61. 61
    Boots the Chemist says:

    Give Huhne a chance !!

    Don’t you know two tubes of KY Jelly cost about £17k these days ?

    It’s all to do with the Macmillan Government abolishing Retail Price Maintenance in the earl 60’s and thereafter inflation — and our profit margins — taking their course.

  62. 62
    Phil the Pharmacist says:

    Give Huhne a chance !!

    Don’t you know two tubes of KY Jelly cost about £17k these days ?

    It’s all to do with the Macmillan Government abolishing Retail Price Maintenance in the early 60′s and thereafter inflation — and industry profit margins — taking their natural course.

  63. 63
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    I sent the following email to my MP this morning.

    I write to express my concern over Mr. Huhne’s reported £17, 000 pay-off after having to resign pending his trial for perjury. Mr Huhne is of course, innocent until proven guilty, but surely if he is found guilty, his resignation then becomes a matter of gross professional misconduct whilst an MP. It is outrageous under those circumstances that Mr Huhne should receive public money as a result of a criminal act, and any pay-off should, in fairness to the taxpayer, have been held in escrow until his innocence was confirmed by due procedure.

    At least he can’t say he wasn’t told.

  64. 64
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Marrying Huhne, for a start.

  65. 65
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Wilson is the past PM Cameron most reminds me of: two-faced and many-sided.

  66. 66
    Handycock No1 Trougher in Parliament says:

    Quite right, in any case he deserves his severance pay. Boaz.

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