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Monday
Feb042013

Huhne pleads guilty

From the BBC

Chris Huhne admits perverting the course of justice

Former cabinet minister Chris Huhne has pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice over claims his ex-wife Vicky Pryce took speeding points for him a decade ago.

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Reader Comments (82)

Wow! Huhne to the Slammer - your day has come.

Feb 4, 2013 at 10:26 AM | Unregistered CommenterMike Fowle

The first honest thing he's done!

But I expect the guilty plea comes at the cost of a non-custodial sentence, so don't expect the slammer any time soon.

Feb 4, 2013 at 10:30 AM | Unregistered CommenterTheBigYinJames

The sun is shining, the forecast is good, my crops seem to be growing, and Huhne pleands guilty.
Ooooooh, happy day!!!

Feb 4, 2013 at 10:32 AM | Unregistered CommenterCharlie Flindt

Will Vicky do his time?

Feb 4, 2013 at 10:35 AM | Unregistered Commenterssat

Meh, the bench will applaud his "honesty" and he will be let off..after all it's in the best interests of the public don't you know.

Mailman

Feb 4, 2013 at 10:35 AM | Unregistered CommenterMailman

Done a deal to avoid any serious jail time , while hanging Vicky out to dry ?

Feb 4, 2013 at 10:36 AM | Unregistered CommenterKnR

Guido is live tweeting

Guido Fawkes ‏@GuidoFawkes
Judge "He should be under no illusions about the prospect of his sentence". #Huhne

Feb 4, 2013 at 10:39 AM | Unregistered CommenterBarry Woods

How many other lies will he have told since 2003?

Feb 4, 2013 at 10:42 AM | Unregistered CommenterJoe Public

Let him that is without sin cast the first stone.

There is no more unattracive sentiment than righteous indignation about the sins of others. I do not like either the man or his policies, but this sort of crowing is disgusting.

Feb 4, 2013 at 10:42 AM | Unregistered Commentermichel

the sin is easy to forgive.. the issue is the lying..

Feb 4, 2013 at 10:44 AM | Unregistered CommenterBarry Woods

Huhne is disgusting, let us have the satisfaction of seeing the justice system actually catch one of his kind.

Can he be charged costs for his pre trial legal machinations?

Feb 4, 2013 at 10:46 AM | Unregistered CommenterNW

Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice!

Now bang him up for a long time with a cellmate who knows just how to rotate his aerofoils........

'Hello Chris...I'm Gloria and I hate f....g windmills!'

Feb 4, 2013 at 10:46 AM | Unregistered CommenterLatimer Alder

Anybody got a link to that interview he did a while back, loudly protesting his innocence? Would be most amusing to see it again now.

Feb 4, 2013 at 10:47 AM | Unregistered CommenterTurning Tide

michel, I could see your point if he had cancer or had been in an accident or something not of his own hand. But this is all self-inflicted, and as he has forced his climate policies on us, so we need show him no mercy when he falls victim to his own lying.

Feb 4, 2013 at 10:48 AM | Unregistered CommenterTheBigYinJames

Feb 4, 2013 at 10:42 AM | michel

I take it you're unfamiliar with the concept of schadenfreude?

Huhne's performances on the stump shrilly whipping up hatred of "deniers" - which are cataloged on YouTube will soon disabuse you of any sympathy for this gent - this guy is not an hnurable adverary in adversity - he is a (epithet of choice),

Let's see how contrite he is eh?

Feb 4, 2013 at 10:49 AM | Registered Commentertomo

And, to think, this 'man' nearly became leader of the Lib Dems! [Mind you, the party still ended up with clegg on its face.]

Feb 4, 2013 at 10:50 AM | Unregistered CommenterIan E

If he had pleaded guilty at an early stage of this affair then he might well have got away with either a community service order or a suspended sentence.
Since this is his fourth (?) court appearance, 12 good persons and true have been called up to look at the evidence and only now does he decide to plead guilty, rest assured that m'lud will be very much less than amused and any discount that he could have expected (and under the UK's increasingly bizarre legal system would have been entitled to) will not apply.
"Sorry, Chris, but that bus has already left."
I very much doubt that he will escape a custodial sentence.

Feb 4, 2013 at 10:50 AM | Registered CommenterMike Jackson

@michel

Most of us, if caught speeding, would accept it as a fair cop and take the fine and the points on the chin.

Huhne blustered about being innocent, and the combination of arrogance and stupidity he demonstrated means he richly deserves the flak. Someone in his position should know that perverting the course of justice is a far worse offence than speeding.

And apart from that, he's a slimy creep with no integrity, as revealed by what we know of his private life. Don't feel sorry for him. If the positions were reversed, he wouldn't feel sorry for you.

Feb 4, 2013 at 10:51 AM | Unregistered CommenterTurning Tide

A dream come true. perhaps Huhne can now read some science to see how badly he got thigs.

Feb 4, 2013 at 10:53 AM | Unregistered CommenterJohn Marshall

flashback
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-16866127

In a short statement outside his London flat Mr Huhne said the CPS decision was "deeply regrettable".

"I am innocent of these charges and I intend to fight this in the courts and I am confident that a jury will agree.

Feb 4, 2013 at 10:54 AM | Unregistered CommenterBarry Woods

Turning Tide;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=4AIAYVFWYrc&feature=endscreen

Feb 4, 2013 at 10:55 AM | Unregistered Commenterssat

We and my chums put together a little musical tribute to this Happy Day!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpXCm6U0H6s

Feb 4, 2013 at 10:56 AM | Unregistered CommenterEdwin Hawkins

I seem to recall that Huhne received £17,000 for resigning from the House of Commons when the case first came to public attention. Any chance he might pay that money back?

Feb 4, 2013 at 10:57 AM | Unregistered CommenterMessenger

Chris Huhne is a walking talking embodiment of that old saying. Be kind to people on your way up, because you will meet them on the way back down.

Feb 4, 2013 at 11:00 AM | Unregistered CommenterGeckko

@barry woods, ssat

Thanks for that: they really ought to be prosecuting him for perjury too!

Feb 4, 2013 at 11:04 AM | Unregistered CommenterTurning Tide

Joyously happy. But how interesting to see one of our rulers blustering it out with threats, expensive lawyers and PR advisors, falls when finally faced with the judgement of ordinary people.

How appropriate.

Feb 4, 2013 at 11:04 AM | Unregistered CommenterStuck-Record

It's a shame it isn't like the football leagues in that when a team has been found to be breachign employment rules, they get stripped of all the cups and titles retrospectively. Imagine they had to rule that the CCA was now null and void because of it.

Feb 4, 2013 at 11:09 AM | Unregistered CommenterTheBigYinJames

Don't forget to go over to Guido Fawkes and give him a pat on the back, for being the main lifter on getting Huhne scalped...

Feb 4, 2013 at 11:09 AM | Unregistered CommenterJabba the Cat

Re: Messenger

That was just for resigning from the cabinet.

If he loses he seat he will more payments for that: £33,000 to help him "adjust" to life outside the commons and winding up allowances worth up to £56,000.

Feb 4, 2013 at 11:12 AM | Unregistered CommenterTerryS

He's just been on TV and IS resigning from his Seat.

PW

Feb 4, 2013 at 11:19 AM | Registered Commenterpeterwalsh

"I am innocent of these charges, and I intend to fight this in the courts, and I am confident that a jury will agree," -- Huhne, 2011

The man wouldn't recognise the truth if it sat up on its hind legs and begged for a sugar lump.

Feb 4, 2013 at 11:20 AM | Unregistered CommenterRick Bradford

Good lord! Can't these payments be withheld? That is outrageous! Surely these are intended for normal members ( there must be a few) who resign, rather than crooked MPs.

Feb 4, 2013 at 11:22 AM | Unregistered CommenterMessenger

By definition:

Politician = liar

She'll probably have the book thrown at her and the worthless little eco-shit get off lightly.

Feb 4, 2013 at 11:23 AM | Unregistered CommenterMartin Reed

It's a start. Now he needs to be arraigned for gross incompetence and fraud in wasting Billions of £ on pursuing a criminal energy policy.

Feb 4, 2013 at 11:25 AM | Unregistered CommenterGrumpy Old Man

Feb 4, 2013 at 10:26 AM | Mike Fowle

I'm waiting for an appearance from huhne to the slammer too. Does Nick still want him back afterwards?

Feb 4, 2013 at 11:26 AM | Unregistered CommenterRob Burton

Huhne to the Slammer has probably had a coronary :)

Feb 4, 2013 at 11:28 AM | Unregistered CommenterTheBigYinJames

Michel - if AGW had never been an issue and Huhne wasn't a key player I’m sure I wouldn’t care what Huhne got up to or if he got caught doing it. However in this time of CO2 condemnation, I can only cheer that this smug SOB gets done for lying about speeding in his petrol guzzling car between the airport, after a fuel guzzling trip, and his palatial, energy guzzling, home/office. Not sure if it was office or home or indeed which home since he owns seven of them.

That he lied comes as no surprise and he’d never have got into trouble if he’d not been cheating on his wife too. This case could only be more ironic if the guy had been coming back from a climate conference.

Since people like this are happy for us to shoulder the burden of their obsession with CO2 then I’m happy to engage in a bit of schadenfreude when they crash and burn.

Feb 4, 2013 at 11:29 AM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

Josh will have a field day! I can't wait.

Feb 4, 2013 at 11:39 AM | Unregistered CommenterPhillip Bratby

The infinitely greater crime for which he will never be punished was complicity in the AGW fraud which has cost the public billions already with far greater sums to be squandered in the pipeline and no hope of the harm ever being undone.

Feb 4, 2013 at 11:44 AM | Unregistered CommenterMartin Reed

At the last election:
Lib Dem: 46.5%
Cons: 9.3%
Labour: 9.6%
UKIP: 3.6%

Things could be much different this time.

Feb 4, 2013 at 11:51 AM | Registered CommenterPhillip Bratby

That should be

Cons 39.3%

Huhne increased his majority on a big swing from Labour to Lib Dem.

Feb 4, 2013 at 11:55 AM | Registered CommenterJonathan Jones

By-election?


Bring it on!

Feb 4, 2013 at 11:59 AM | Unregistered CommenterNigel Farrage, Leader of UKIP

I fear Huhne will keep fit on Her Majesty's exercise bike and on his release, win the next seven Tours de France

Feb 4, 2013 at 12:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterFilbert Cobb

It is hard to harbour any sympathy for this man.

What a dance he has lead us all and not least his constituents, like Blair and merrily using his position to to prosecute his biased wrong headed ethos.

After all and at every and any opportunity, this low fellow pleaded his innocence. Chris Huhne, a denier if ever there was one - was in his own eyes was as pure as the driven snow. Doubtless and behind the scenes furiously he pulled strings and called in favours, spent much lucre, fought like a drowning ferret in a sack to subvert the course of justice, at last he realised he couldn't and the ghastly game was up, shame, shame on him.

Shame on the Westminster bubble too for giving him succour, shame on the Liberal Democrat party for sheltering and supporting this most base politician - but who is really surprised? Is he not a type, one typical of the breed of modern politician?

I think, this has wider implications, how the left love lying charlatans, justification is all - "it's OK if you lie, the cause is 'just' ".

Much of the bubble at Westminster, needs to take stock, particularly the left leaning media [bbc - how they applauded him in Cancun and Durban] who championed Huhne, his green credentials, the rabidly pro EU credentials and gloried in his driven desire to impose involuntarily the green agenda on the citizens of Britain.

Huhne, get thee gone. Who is 'next up' at the DECC?

Feb 4, 2013 at 12:05 PM | Unregistered CommenterAthelstan.

It is interesting that Vicky Pryce has pleaded not guilty. This is consistent with the conclusion some of us drew from Huhne's denial that he had asked her to accept his points, which was that he had just dumped them on her without asking. What a nice man.
Filbert you are right he has behaved in exactly the same way as Armstrong, who should also go to jail for his lies in his lawsuits against the Sunday Times and others.

Feb 4, 2013 at 12:05 PM | Unregistered CommenterDavid S

So how many climate change Ministers have now come before our courts and left as criminals?

Feb 4, 2013 at 12:10 PM | Unregistered CommenterDavid Holland

It's not the original crime which does the damage, it's the cover up which compounds it, and likely involves greater wrong-doing..

Feb 4, 2013 at 12:19 PM | Unregistered Commentercosmic

Sing a song of Mafia graft,
A pocket full of Huhne
Four and twenty windmills
Coming to you soon
When the scam was sorted,
The lackeys changed their tune;
Wasn't that a clever fraud,
Huhne is going doon.

Feb 4, 2013 at 12:23 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlecM

But hang on here, this was something that happened "ten years ago" . . .

Feb 4, 2013 at 12:26 PM | Unregistered CommenterCapell

Couldn't happen to a more deserving person, could it..? Its always nice when politicians, who think they are above the law, are brought smartly down to earth...
Shame, as Martin Reed (above) puts it, that he can't be charged with the much greater evil of stuffing the rest of us with ludicrous, costly and irrelevant 'green' energy policies.

Feb 4, 2013 at 12:28 PM | Unregistered CommenterDavid

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