Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Huhne’s Brass Neck

Chris Huhne is about to lecture you about the economy, suggesting that it’s evil “Tea Party” Tories who are threatening the economic recovery by calling for less tax and a look at our position in Europe. Of course his own raiding of the already stretched bank accounts of hard working families in order to fund his green vanity projects is perfectly legit.

It always worries Guido at how Huhne goes off on these tangents with a straight face. Whether it’s lying to the police or cameras, Huhne coolly sticks to his line with an almost psychotic calm. Not content with comparing the Tories to Nazis, Huhne is clutching at straws for a figure the LibDems hate even more – Palin. It’s all in the national interest of course… 

Before you take a lecture from him on the economy though, have a look at what Huhne said to the Guardian in 2002:

“The ‘no’ campaigners said the euro was doomed to failure, but all their predictions have been proved wrong”, and “The euro is living up to the highest expectations of the economists who advocated it, and Britain is missing out.”

Oh dear, a one off perhaps? Nope = have a look at the Indy in 2003:

“The freedom to set interest rates merely according to domestic needs is a cruel mirage. Monetary union protects economies from the vagaries of speculative capital flows, enabling more stable growth and investment.”

The rest they say is history…

UPDATE: Paul Waugh has a couple of intriguing snippets – not only was he singing their praises on the fringe, but Huhne will be attending next week’s Labour Party conference in Manchester.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Huhne’s Greek Fears

After being probed by Andrew Neil yesterday, Chris Huhne squared up to Brillo again on the Daily Politics. He accused the Greeks of making false statements to the authorities about their economy. Guido agrees that such false statements are indeed as he says “outrageous”. It must be an issue close to Huhne’s heart though – the last thing that the embattled Secretary of State would want was for a Greek to make a false statement to the authorities…

He’d want them to tell the truth, right?

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Huhnt For Yellow October

The Crown Prosecution Service have told the BBC that the Huhne case is “still under consideration” and that no announcement will be made on whether he will be charged before October. After some speculation that Huhne was getting complacent this should put him back in his box just in time for conference. Incidentally Andrew Rawnsley is sitting down with Huhne for 90 minutes at the LibDem Conference next week and wants to hear from you:

“You may want to see him talk about global warming. Or you may have a question about the future of the coalition. Or you may have other points that you’d like to put to one of the most prominent Lib Dem members of the cabinet. What’s your question for Chris Huhne? It can be about his past, the present or the future. It can be about policy, philosophy, power play or personality. Anything at all. You have the microphone.”

Guido is happy to compile your suggestions and send them over…

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Cocky Huhne Surfaces

A rare thing happened earlier – Chris Huhne popped up for live interviews about his brief on both Sky and the BBC. Given that he has spent the last four months hiding from cameras, desperate not to be drawn in on questions regarding his cowardice and lies, he must be feeling rather lucky. The police thought he would be charged weeks ago and the CPS are certainly dragging their feet. He’s also given an interview to Prospect. Amongst the usual moans about losing the AV vote, Huhne seems to twist the knife on Clegg some what. He thinks Clegg would be “a tremendous” EU trade commissioner – the definition of damning with faint praise. He was quick to qualify his words though:

“It seems completely ridiculous to think of anything other than Nick continuing as leader of the party. He’s a lot younger than me, more than ten years younger than me for Christ’s sake, and I think that Nick will see out my time in politics.”

Unless the CPS chicken out, Nick isn’t going to have to wait much longer…

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Huhne Ally Grasping at Straws

The Mail’s Ephraim Hardcastle diary had an interesting snippet about Huhne this morning. It appears his defence lines are already being acid-tested. A source said:

“It’s very rare for a minister, while in office, to be charged with a crime. It’s also a very unusual case in that the man accused – and the wife accusing him – might both be prosecuted.”

It’s rare for a man purported to be of noble standing to hide behind his family in such a way, so Guido is unsure of the point there…

However it was the final line that really caught his attention:

“Huhne’s lawyers could argue there was an abuse of process in the way the case was brought to court.”

Er, how exactly? The CPS are being meticulous before they pull the trigger – going backwards and forwards to Essex Police. If they charge him it will all be by the book…

UPDATE: He’s got some cheek too:

Monday, August 8, 2011

Laws on His Way Back to Westminster

Guido spotted David Laws sauntering through China Town laden with two bags of books from Foyles bookshop in Charing Cross this afternoon. Heavy reading for his summer holidays perhaps. Laws is the only person in Westminster with more money than Guido riding on Chris Huhne being charged for perverting the course of justice as a result of transferring speeding penalty points to his wife. One-in, one-out is the coalition’s rule.

If Huhne goes, the expense fiddling Laws is favourite to come back into government. His mummy made him do it – fiddle his expenses that is – in the sense that he expects us to believe he only fiddled his expenses because he didn’t want his mother to find out he had a boyfriend. We’re all expected to forget about the matter of the supposed gift of £99,000 to his boyfriend, which a cynic might think was gifted in order to facilitate the boyfriend buying a property which Laws could pretend to part-rent from a landlord-owned property in which he had no interest. The £99,000 was a gift you see, not a loan towards the deposit on the property. If it was a loan Laws would have been guilty of a conspiracy to defraud the taxpayer. It was a gift, which is very different.

Completely plausible is it not? How could anyone doubt the truth? Give a gift to a lover equivalent two two years after-tax salary, then pretend that the landlord we have given the gift to isn’t your lover only so as not to embarrass mum. Then claim rent to pay the landlord/lover on expenses. The £99,000 gift not giving one an interest in the property one is renting.

His return to government will make a welcome change to having that liar Chris Huhne in the Cabinet won’t it?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Optimistic Huhne is Booking Speaking Gigs For October

Given that he’s on very thin ice at the moment, with the CPS holding his career and freedom in their hands, is it not a little presumptuous for the ever brazen Chris Huhne to be announcing speaking gigs months in advance? Keen greens can book now for October’s Renewable UK 2011 with a keynote from the Secretary of State for Climate Change…

Whether or not that will still be Huhne by then remains to be seen…

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Mini-Reshuffle Runners and Riders

As reported yesterday, Downing Street have signed off the plans for a mini-shuffle should the CPS press the big-red Huhne button. All talk of the one time leader in waiting being able to cling on, despite a charge, has withered away, even amongst his most loyal Praetorians online. As Guido told you back in May, the two LibDem front-runners for the Energy and Climate Change brief are Ed Davey and Jeremey Browne:

“Both are Orange Bookers, though Browne is seen as more right-wing which will likely dent his chances for the soppy climate change brief. Obviously Laws is toxic and Guido understands that Sarah Teather has little chance of a promotion.”

Huhne has managed to convince everyone he’s a bit left-wing, which makes Davey seem a likelier option. Though given he held the LibDems Foreign affairs brief before the election, it would make sense to pop him in the Foreign Office and promote the telegenic Browne to the Cabinet.

After she lost control of her backbenchers, leaving the Prime Minister floundering at the height of the phone hacking crisis, the speculation that Warsi is for the chop is growing. Grant Shapps is much tipped to replace her as Tory chairman. Newsnight’s permanent fixture Michael Fallon wouldn’t be too happy though. The current Deputy Chairman has been pressing the flesh recently…

Guido reckons two birds could be killed with one stone here. Shapps, the uber-loyal Cameroon Housing Minister could go and beef up the CCHQ operation, Warsi could stay out of trouble sticking little windmills on a map in Huhne’s old job, and a LibDem could replace Shapps. However it is unlikely that the yellows would be willing to swap a Cabinet job for a mere Minister. Though given the fact that Huhne walking would be their third Cabinet cock-up in a row, perhaps Dave should put his foot down.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

LibDems Prepare for Huhne Charge

Certain LibDems, who should know better, are pretending that Chris Huhne could cling on to his Cabinet post even if he is charged by Essex Police for forcing his wife to lie on his behalf, and then instigating a cover-up. How exactly would these one-time bastions of morality justify having someone who the police believe to be a blatant and wanton liar formulating laws and policy at the top table?

Harriet Harman survived bumping a car when she was in government, but her crime does not involve a potential jail sentence and, as far as Guido knows, she didn’t threaten Jack Dromey to remain silent about it. His crimes aside, after thirteen years of Labour destroying the honourable resignation, the speed and dignity at which David Laws walked was refreshing to say the least. Here was someone taking responsibility for their actions and doing the right thing immediately. Compare and contrast this to his yellow comrade Chris who has threatened his wife and children and is using them as a human shield to protect his fatally-wounded political career. Such cowardice is beyond contempt. 

There would be no love lost with either the PM or the DPM if Huhne was to walk, but if he is going to continue to delude himself that a lawmaker can survive being a law-breaker, then Downing Street should have the decency to sack him. It’s not like a reshuffle can be that far off anyway…

Friday, July 22, 2011

+ + + Huhne Re-Interviewed by Essex Police + + +

Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce were  interviewed by the police for a second time on Wednesday, this time in Essex. There are reports that a file will be going to the Crown Prosecution Service. Breaking….

UPDATE: Guido’s boy in blue is being very tight lipped, but did suggest that they “wouldn’t bring him in for a second time so publicly without wanting to charge. Up to the CPS now, spineless bunch,” adding “the hangdog expression on his face was quite something to see.”

UPDATE II: The file will be going to CPS “soon” apparently. Money is piling in on Huhne to be leave the Cabinet.


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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



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