Huhne’s Biomass Policy Wasted £450 Million Says His Ex-SpAd

Biomass subsidies implemented by Chris Huhne are costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of pounds and his favoured “carbon neutral” wood pellets are more damaging to the environment than coal, a damning study reveals today. But wait for it… The highly critical review of the disgraced former Energy Secretary’s policy was authored by his own former special adviser Duncan Brack. He now says the £450 million spent on biomass subsidies was a mistake:

“It is ridiculous…It’s not a good use of money. For any biomass facility that is burning wood for energy, unless they are only burning stuff like saw-mill residues or post-consumer waste, their activities will be increasing carbon emissions in the atmosphere for decades or centuries. We shouldn’t be subsidising that.”

Anyway, what is Huhne up to these days now he’s out of the clink? He’s European Chairman of US firm Zilkha Biomass, who supply the very same wood pellets it turns out are so damaging to the environment. Fancy that! £450 million in subsidies literally up in smoke…

Cheque Please, Mr Huhne

At the Court of Appeal today, Chris Huhne lost his challenge to a court order requiring him to pay £77,750 costs from his trial. A very expensive lie…

Huhne's Guardian Column Shelved

Chris Huhne’s Guardian column is no more. Guido will remember it for such fine polemical contributions to the political discourse as when he accused the Sun of making up fictional stories, how “tabloid-fuelled schadenfreude” drives the nation’s prison obsession, and his analysis of the Prime Minister’s “sincerity“. Then there was Huhne’s article accusing the Tories of “psychosis“, and the time he tried to convince us “I’ve played my own part in giving MPs a bad name, but ultimately it’s Rupert Murdoch’s media machine that corrodes public trust best of the lot”. Best of all, who can forget the greatest Huhne column quote of all: “whatever happened to loyalty? Best of luck with whatever you decide to do next…

Constance Briscoe Jailed for 16 Months

A big day for high profile sentences. Constance Briscoe gets 16 months for lying to the cops investigating Huhne. Clifford up next…

Constance Briscoe Guilty

She has been found guilty at the Old Bailey of lying to police investigating Huhne. Developing…

Quote of the Day

LibDem Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael:

“Chris Huhne was the man who had put the ‘t’ into ‘Cancun’.”

Psycho Huhne’s Lecture on Loyalty

It is worth savouring Chris Huhne’s lecture to the Tories in the Guardian this morning. “Whatever happened to loyalty?” he hectors, with a straight face telling us how the LibDems are saintly but the Tories are experts in betrayal. He would know, having betrayed his own wife, his children, his party and knifed rival after rival down the years. Huhne’s column is becoming increasingly unhinged…

Psycho Huhne Versus “Fictional Stories”

Is there a better argument against state regulation of the press than the last politician to be jailed after newspapers exposed his criminality coming out and backing it? Huhne’s latest rehab rambling in the Guardian reads like a spoof:

“What’s all the fuss about the royal charter meaning the end of press freedom? The royal charter doesn’t establish any regulation of the press – but the fourth estate still needs urgently to re-establish credibility…  If the Sun could not make up fictional stories when accuracy is too boring, time-consuming or costly, how would it make money?”

Huhne moralising about people “making up fictional stories”. Another reason to bring up those famous words again:

“What I want to say is these allegations are simply incorrect, they’ve been made before and they’ve been shown to be untrue, and I very much welcome the referral to the police as it will draw a line under the matter.”

Credibility has never really been Huhne’s strong point.

RUMOUR: Chris Huhne Off to the Jungle?

Since it’s the Feast of Saint Jude today – the patron saint of lost causes – Guido is praying to him that the rumour Chris Huhne is going into the I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here jungle is true. From a Southwark Crown Court trial to a bushtucker trial?

UPDATE: Sadly St. Jude couldn’t deliver:

Huhne Becomes Guardian’s Best Man

The Guardian’s efforts to help Chris Huhne on the road to rehabilitation continue with some aplomb. Either Huhne is being super canny and coat-tailing onto the Guardian’s pet causes for their affection, or someone is helping him on the inside. Always worth remembering that Huhne was best man of to Patrick Wintour, the Guardian political editor who wrote today’s front page story. Huhne says that while he was in Cabinet he knew nothing about the controversial Tempura surveillance programme.

“The invasion of privacy is breath-taking. The defence that you have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide is as outrageous as it was when made by the totalitarian states. Citizens may – for good or bad reasons – want their activity to be private without in any way being illegal. Privacy matters.”

Enjoyable as it is to read Huhne’s opinions on law, order, liberty and privacy, funny he never felt so strongly about the activities of our security services while he was in power and could actually do something about it.

Psycho-Huhne Lectures Labour on How to Win

Chris Huhne is laying on the charm in his Guardian column today, praising Ed as “a decent radical with brave instincts”. His attempt at political rehabilitation continues in earnest, with the ex-con offering up views on how Labour could form a progressive coalition with the LibDems:

“There is now a potential Lab-Lib economic programme for a fairer and speedier recovery based on green investment and growth, EU influence and internationalism, help for social mobility, and investment in new town housing whose rents can improve the public finances and raise living standards. Miliband should bury Labour’s instinctive tribalism and quietly let that agenda flourish.”

We all know Huhne has a history of delusion. Reading between the lines, it seems he can see a role for himself in any future alliance.  Though Guido would love Huhne to become the poster-boy for this movement, he’s pretty sure Labour would rather take advice on “how to win” from pretty much anyone else.

GuyNews: Chris Huhne 14 Lies in 60 Seconds

He lied and lied and lied again.

Now Vicky Pryce Speaks…

… To give her expert opinion on whether or not we should leave the EU:

“We should not even be contemplating leaving Europe. We should be in there influencing. If we leave we will not be able to do that. It is still the City that attracts the vast majority of foreign financial institutions which want to deal from here to Europe. Why would the City be better off outside the EU?”

She never had the best track record for making sensible decisions. Presumably she’ll be on Newsnight this evening too…

WATCH: Psycho Huhne Newsnight Interview in Full

Over at the Guardian’s broadcast arm, Ian Katz has given increasingly unhinged criminal homewrecker Chris Huhne free rein on Newsnight. It is definitely worth watching in full:

Let it go Chris, it’s over…

Via the appropriately named @liarpoliticians.

Exclusive to All Papers: Murdoch Huhne Affair Conspiracy

Huhne is trying to paint himself as the victim of the Murdoch press because he called for a hacking inquiry from the frontbench, blaming everyone but himself for his own misdemeanours once again this morning. Huhne has used his time inside to work out who caused the end of the marriage (Rupert Murdoch) and who led to him being sent down (Rupert Murdoch):

“The News of the World sparked the end of my marriage, but another Murdoch title, the Sunday Times, then groomed my ex-wife until she told them about the speeding points. The political editor bought dinners, sent flowers, offered breaks at smart hotels, and reassured her that she would not face any unpleasant consequences (such as prison).

Four successive weeks as the splash in the Sunday Times ensured our joint prosecution. The Crown Prosecution Service loves a celebrity trial. It was the end of my political career, and it locked up my ex-wife too. She was just another “burned contact” for the Murdoch press.”

Bear in mind that the original Carina-affair story had a public interest angle because he put pictures of his family on his election leaflets (above). Murdoch cunningly got the affair story and the picture into the News of the World’s bitter rival the Sunday People, then got the Sunday Times’ rival Mail on Sunday to first make the running on the speeding points story after forcing Huhne to pervert the course of justice. He is delusional if he thinks this was a Murdoch-press conspiracy. The Sunday Times’ editor John Witherow really was not convinced the story would lead anywhere, the political editor Isabel Oakeshott had a hard time convincing Witherow the story had legs, most journalists believed that there would never be enough evidence to get Huhne charged. Only when the police raided the family home and got the evidence of the text messages did many in Fleet Street finally believe there was a chance he could be convicted. The CPS were very wary of charging a cabinet minister, they asked the police to get more evidence when they first came back with a dossier saying they had a case. Huhne’s enemies in the media – like this blog – detested him for personal and ideological reasons… 

Chris Huhne Sick of It All

Guido loves a cabby tale and has to share this one:

Cabby: “I had that Chris Huhne in my cab the other day…”

GF: “Oh yeah… What did he have to say for himself?”

Cabby: “Well I asked him what he thought of parliament now… He replied asking me how I feel when someone throws up the back of the cab.”

Pleasing.

Huhne Loses Another Legal Battle

First it was his bisexual former aide turned girlfriend’s action against the Mail, then the attempts to get his trial thrown out and now Chris Huhne has lost his legal bid against the Mail, Mirror, Telegraph, Sun and Sunday Mirror for publishing of photographs of him in prison. The PCC have told the former jailbird where to go. With all these legal bills, Guido hopes Chris won’t be forced to sell one of his seven houses…

Vicky’s Next Chapter

What next for Vicky Pryce? She’s been signed up by Biteback to publish her prison diaries, billed as “a very personal book examining prison life, but also a hardhitting economic analysis of the cost to the economy of keeping women in prison”. It will be called ‘Prisonomics’.

Sounds fascinating…

Huhne Out

Released this morning after serving eight weeks of an eight month sentence.

Huhne Offers to Settle For £85,000 Discount

Huhne has some nerve, offering to cough up just £25,000 of the £110,000 asked for by the prosecution in legal costs. Given that his lies cost the taxpayer over £300,000, once again Huhne is sticking two fingers up at those he used to represent.[…] Read the rest

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