Silent Pryce Smirks at Points

Given Vicky Pryce is demanding that the BBC did not mention the allegations she made against her estranged husband as a condition of her touring the TV studios to talk about Greece, full points to Krishnan Guru Murphy for sticking the boot in:

Wonder if she smirked like that in front of the police? She might as well have winked to the camera…

UPDATE: Krishnan also asked “The Donald” if he was wearing his own hair. He explains himself here, must be something in the water on Grays Inn Road…

Video via Liar Politicians.

Huhne Coppers Meet With Prosecutors

PA is suggesting that Essex Police had a face to face meeting on Friday with the CPS to discuss Chris Huhne’s speeding points. The inquiry is on going, but the police must be confident enough that they have a case if they are actively seeking face time the prosecutors…

Huhne was out of the country last week, he might wish he’d stayed there…

Justice Catches Up With John Edwards

Former Democratic Vice-President nominee, and utter sleaze-ball, John Edwards has been formally charged with six counts over the cover-up he instigated about his affair with a campaign staffer. While his wife was dying of cancer, Edwards used funds raised for his abortive bid against Obama and Hillary in 2007/08 to silence his lover. Guess which British wannabe party leader made payments to his mistress and former campaign staffer…

+ + + Tory Lord Taylor Gets 12 Months + + +

Lord Taylor would not be going to prison for a year without a combination of bloggers and Jonathan Calvert of the Sunday Times. Taylor, a former barrister, dishonestly claimed £11,277. For background on the case see Pesky Bloggers Do It Again (Nov, 2009). Amusingly he claimed to a co-conspirator on the Lords of the Blog not long before being charged that:

“For your information, the police have examined my expenses. The police are satisfied that there has been no impropriety or any other cause for concern. They have thanked me for my cooperation, and will not be taking the matter further.”

Alas that turned out to be untrue when it was challenged by a co-conspirator, that very claim on his blog set in course a chain of events that led to him going down today. He would have got away with it if it wasn’t for those pesky bloggers…

+ + + Tory Lord Hanningfield Guilty on Six Counts + + +

The seventy-year-old Tory peer racked up £14,000 of fake accommodation charges between March 2006 and May 2009. He wasn’t staying in town, but being chauffeured back to Essex instead. His claims that “they were all at it”, however true, did little to help his case. The prosecution closing statement was damning:

“There was no real honesty in making claims that way, because of four reasons – the written rules, the golden rule of ‘don’t make a claim for more than you spend’, there’s nothing to suggest this was the practice, and his behaviour. The way he filled out the forms does not suggest he really believed the rules allowed him to make false claims. It was a deliberate and dishonest decision on his part to fill in the forms in that way.”

He will be sentenced in three weeks time…

Vicky is Answering Questions

Hot on the revelation that Vicky Pryce has signed an affidavit confessing to have taken Chris Huhne’s points hacks may want to ask her a few follow-up questions. If so they should hurry on down to Stationer’s Hall in the City where she is on a panel at an economics conference  at 11.15. Chris Huhne is not answering questions – except to the police, even then he can’t remember the answer…

De Ja Huhne

Last week Huhne said to Laura Kuenssberg that the allegations against him “were incorrect”, had been “made before and shown to be untrue”, and that’s all he would like to say on the matter. Yesterday, he was cornered by Channel4 News, and despite being presented with new evidence, he gave the identical statement:

The police are going to want a little bit more detail than that Chris. And Guido doesn’t recommend you laugh in that interview…

+ + + Elliott Morley Gets 16 Months + + +
+ + + Judge Says “Not Particularly Sophisticated” Fraud + + +

Morley pocketed £30,428 by claiming for a phantom mortgage and inflating the amount he was previously paying. He filled out a total of 40 forms relating to payments for his home. In total, he claimed £16,800 on a phantom mortgage and £15,200 after inflating the amount he was previously paying, for which he should have been entitled to only £1,572. David Laws filled out the same forms and claimed some £56,000 to which he was not entitled…

Met Looking Into David Laws Complaint


Guido understands the Met are looking into the following paragraph from the conclusion of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards report:

 “Mr Laws was in breach of the rules of the House in claiming for repairs and maintenance work undertaken

[…]

#HuhneTunes is Trending on Twitter

It is worth checking the #HuhneTunes hash-tag for a laugh. Can a cabinet minister survive when […]

Why the Laws Punishment Was So Severe

Neo-Guido took on Mark Pack of LibDemVoice last night on the BBC News Channel to discuss why Laws was dished out the humiliating and potentially career ending punishment:

One thing really stands out in the Parliamentary Commissioners report:

“In July

[…]

The Weight of the Law

Laws is to make an apology to the House at 1pm. He just reacted to a savaging from John Lyon by saying “my motivation, as the Commissioner has accepted, was to protect my privacy not to benefit financially”. Not […]



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