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Huhne in court

Guido has reported that Chris Huhne, the mastermind behind much of the environmental legislation with which we are currently encumbered, is appearing in court, no doubt in connection the disputed speeding ticket of a year or two back.

A gagging order is in place preventing anyone reporting what takes place.

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The charge is not an offence against the road traffic acts, the charge is perjury, an altogether more serious offence and one if proven will end his career. I normally wouldn't wish misfortune on anybody, but in Huhne's case i'm prepared to make an exception.

Jan 22, 2013 at 8:39 PM | Unregistered CommenterGrumpy Old Man

"A gagging order is in place preventing anyone reporting what takes place."

Can any in-house lawyer/s advise if this is normal or not, and perhaps also suggest (though not with particular regard to Huhne himself or this case) on reasons why such an order is usually in place?


Jan 22, 2013 at 9:17 PM | Unregistered Commentercheshirered

"A gagging order is in place preventing anyone reporting what takes place."

Whatever happened to the idea that justice should not only be done but it should be seen to be done?

Jan 22, 2013 at 9:27 PM | Unregistered CommenterRoy

@ Roy

That was only ever meant to apply to the little people.

Jan 22, 2013 at 9:34 PM | Unregistered CommenterJustice4Rinka

According to Stephen Slominski of the Eastleigh News - today’s court hearing wasn’t the trial (that should have started a week ago) but yet another pre-trial hearing.

Jan 22, 2013 at 9:42 PM | Unregistered CommenterKnockJohn

The limited log

Jan 22, 2013 at 9:59 PM | Registered CommenterPharos

A gag order suggests that someone was there who might need gagging. Does this mean "press" in attendance?

Maybe they are ordering Josh to concoct a "gag." Or maybe that term is not in use in civilisation.

Jan 22, 2013 at 10:19 PM | Registered Commenterjferguson

The "gagging" order is quite common, indeed the Scottish Court service provides a webpage where you can check which (Scottish) cases are affected:

The CPS provides a short guide to "Orders postponing or prohibiting full reports of proceedings":

This case seems to be in an extended period of legal argument, the trial proper hasn't started yet as far as I'm aware.

Jan 22, 2013 at 10:31 PM | Registered Commenterwoodentop

I don't need an order to gag when I hear the name "Huhne".

Jan 22, 2013 at 10:46 PM | Unregistered CommenterDon Keiller

Does anyone know the reason for the gagging order?

Jan 22, 2013 at 11:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterStacey

@ Stacey

My guess is that various legal arguments are being run through in court and it's not appropriate to have that circulated as a running commentary prior to any trial beginning. It's really not that unusual.

Jan 22, 2013 at 11:06 PM | Registered Commenterwoodentop

Chris Huhne, the mastermind behind much of the environmental legislation with which we are currently encumbered . . .

Serious question, this. Can anyone tell me what environmental legislation Huhne is responsible for?


Jan 23, 2013 at 12:20 AM | Unregistered CommenterDaveB

Can anyone tell me what environmental legislation Huhne is responsible for?

I think the main policy would be the Green Deal/Energy Act 2011, which is a re-branding of Labour's Green New Deal, but a New Green New Deal would have been too strong a signal that a consensus exists between the old parties.

I don't think even ministers are responsible for legislation as individuals, though. Huhne takes responsibility for pushing for it, though, no doubt, in the UK, EU and internationally.

Jan 23, 2013 at 12:48 AM | Unregistered CommenterBen Pile

The opening discussion to the second reading (which is possibly the first discussion) of the Energy Bill 2011 in Parliament makes for interesting reading.

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (Chris Huhne): I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Over the past year, energy policy has been in the spotlight. From the gulf of Mexico to Fukushima, no one can doubt the importance of our energy choices. For the first time, scientists have linked greenhouse gas emissions to an increased risk of major floods. Faced with a difficult financial situation, the Government’s objectives are clear: we must secure affordable energy supplies for the future and avoid dangerous climate change. Neither will be easy. The gap between our energy demand and our energy supply is growing and we are increasingly dependent on imported energy. We still rely heavily on unclean and unsustainable fossil fuels. By law, we must cut our emissions by 80% by 2050, and we must get 15% of our energy from renewable sources by 2020 under EU law. Our energy infrastructure is ageing. Our old polluting power stations are shutting down.

Barry Gardiner (Brent North) (Lab): While the Secretary of State is talking about the targets, will he expand on the dispute that appears to be taking place between Cabinet colleagues on whether the recommendations of the Committee on Climate Change should be met or abandoned?

Chris Huhne: The hon. Gentleman can take it from me, as a former journalist on The Guardian, that he should not always believe everything he reads. The Government will make our announcement on the question of the fourth carbon budget in due course.

Building the next generation of power plants will take time and money. If we are to cut our carbon emissions and keep the lights on, we must act now. The cheapest way of closing the gap between supply and demand is to reduce the amount of energy used.

Jan 23, 2013 at 12:54 AM | Unregistered CommenterBen Pile

@ Dave B

Mr Huhne was a signatory and promoter of the coalition government`s Carbon Plan, along with Cameron and Clegg. This was intended to provide the framework for its legislation and regulations. It will proably be found on the DECC website.

Among other things it introduced the idea of Negawatts, to pay businesses not to operate. Quite how this idea would help to promote the economic recovery we need was unstated.

Jan 23, 2013 at 2:17 PM | Unregistered Commenteroldtimer

Every time I see Huhne, I gag.....

Jan 23, 2013 at 2:28 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlecM

Ben Pile, oldtimer:

Thanks for that, most helpful.


Jan 23, 2013 at 3:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterDaveB

When faced with a 'gagging order', take a lesson from one John Simon in my favourite 'More Wit' book, by Des McHale...

'I don't like people who use good-looking young women in such a way that they end up at the bottom of rivers or lakes. Nor do I particularly care for people who cheat on their exams at Harvard. Nor do I particularly like obesity, but other than that I have no special feelings one way or the other about Senator Teddy Kennedy...'


Jan 23, 2013 at 3:15 PM | Unregistered CommenterDavid

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