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BH favourite Chris Huhne has attempted a relaunch of his political career, blaming his fall from power at DECC on a conspiracy by the Murdoch press. If I'm understanding his case correctly, it wasn't the Mail that made all the initial running on the investigation of his case, and lawbreaking and marital infidelity by a cabinet minister - not normally the subject of media coverage - was only forced into the conciousness of an otherwise uninterested public through the relentless campaigning of Mr Murdoch's newspapers (in league with big oil and the devil himself).

Or something like that.

Anyone convinced?

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Yeah, and he would have got away with it too, if it wasn't for them pesky kids! The Scooby Doo defence.

Couldn't be that breaking the law and conspiring to keep it secret had anything to do with it, no, had to be a big oil conspiracy to get him. Honestly. What a total egomaniac.

Sep 9, 2013 at 8:21 AM | Unregistered CommenterJaceF

Huhne, who last month was hired as European chairman of the US energy firm Zillha Biomass Energy (ZBE) says that the point swap seemed like a "minor matter" at the time. Acknowledging he should not have done it, he admitted his actions had not helped the low regard in which the public hold politicians.

I only lied because I truly and honestly believed that I would never get caught.

Sep 9, 2013 at 8:25 AM | Unregistered CommenterAlan Reed

Pryce told the Sunday Times that eight years earlier she had taken three speeding points for her then husband. Huhne had been caught by a speed camera on the M11 in Essex and faced a driving ban due to the number of existing points on his driving licence.

So enough points on his licence already such that he would get a ban. And then perverting the course of justice. Did the Murdoch Press make him do that?

Sep 9, 2013 at 8:33 AM | Unregistered CommenterThinkingScientist

The man should still be behind bars, but I don't see any attempt to relaunch his political career.

I have a correction for him

The former energy and climate change secretary argues politicians must "combat concentrations of power", including of the sort possessed by the BBC who "have used their media muscle to bulldoze a way for their own interests".

Sep 9, 2013 at 8:38 AM | Registered CommenterPhillip Bratby

Looks like Murdock is becoming the latest target of the communists. The BBC blamed Radd's failure on Murdoch and now Huhne.

Sep 9, 2013 at 8:40 AM | Unregistered CommenterStephen Richards

I wonder if any other family has accepted points for a sibling child or parent? It's common enough, the problem was not the acceptance of points, but the coverup that brought about his downfall.
Our family car was clocked at 33 MPH about 50 yards before the ned of the 30mph restriction. Due to the company who sold the car to me not re-registering their part of the ownership document the notice of fine took 6 weeks to reach me. As a result I genuinely did not know who was driving as all members of the family have use of the car, except I knew it could not be me as I had just arrived back from New Zealand.
I had to say this on the form so I was charged with not knowing who drove the car. To deny this charge would have taken the case to crown court and cost me potentially thousands of pounds, besides, it was true, I did not know. So I pleaded guilty to not knowing who drove the car which cost me £160 fine, 3 points and heavily increased insurance costs. So my choice would have been to lie and say it was me driving and risk a Chris Huhne, or be honest and say I did not know and be fined double the amount and end up with serious finical costs.
The road traffic law in the UK is complete madness and so I do have some sympathies for Chris Huhne.

Sep 9, 2013 at 8:42 AM | Unregistered CommenterGarethman

Looks like Murdock is becoming the latest target of the communists. The BBC blamed Radd's failure on Murdoch and now Huhne.

Er, no Stephen, he is a target for all people in the UK who have a belief that newspaper owners should act with at least a pretence of ethical behaviours and should not lie ,persecute innocent individuals just to meet some salacious need for cheap gossip. Murdoch has led the charge to ignore news and facts and use his paper to intimidate, scandalise and undermine political systems. he contributed greatly to the win by the Liberals in Australia. They should be wary of his wish to be repaid.

Sep 9, 2013 at 8:50 AM | Unregistered CommenterGarethman

Infamy, infamy, they've all got it in for me!

As chaste as the freshest virgin snow, who could have possibly doubted this noble genius?


Just maybe, he got what he deserved but didn't do enough bird. For the pious hand wringing - I can think of another, more fitting end.

Sep 9, 2013 at 9:05 AM | Unregistered CommenterAthelstan.

Huhne has proved one thing: the nastier you are, the further up the greasy pole you climb. At least if you are a greenie LibDem.

Sep 9, 2013 at 9:12 AM | Unregistered CommenterPeter Stroud

I have often defended politicians on the grounds that their stereotype is worse than they are. Huhne is exceptional.

Sep 9, 2013 at 9:32 AM | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Convinced? Of course I am! He has paid his debt to society and must now be allowed back to his natural place at the mean in society.

I dislike Huhne, from what I have seen of him ( it is not always wise to trust the media on these matters but I am reasonably confident I have the measure of the man) and I think it would behoove him to be rather more humble in his present circumstances. He was singled out for treatment, but given his position, he was not UNFAIRLY singled out.

It is not the crime, it was the cover up that he needs to apologise for, all the lying that brought the reputation of politicians even further into disrepute. Personally , I hope the newspapers continue to keep a close and beady eye on the man at all times, to keep him on the straight and narrow.

I am not a vindictive man (unlike him, I suspect!) and I do believe in personal redemption but to see a rich and powerful man try to buy and legal-bluster his way out of trouble the way he tried is a sickening sight and hard to forget or forgive. I would like to think I believe this of all holders of public office, not just ones with whose policies and politics I happen to disagree with, but it was impossible not to enjoy the frisson of schadenfreude to watch Huhne go down in flames....

As he would say: " I am not a saint...."

And that is before one starts contemplating his family life.....

Still, as Eric Holder says when contemplating the massive fraud and financial terrorism in Wall Street...."Mustn't judge!"

Sep 9, 2013 at 9:33 AM | Unregistered CommenterJack Savage

Anyone convinced?

Is the Pope Catholic?

Sep 9, 2013 at 9:38 AM | Unregistered CommenterDon Keiller

No credibility but of course Murdoch plays at influencing, it is his business.

Sep 9, 2013 at 9:41 AM | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Garethman (Sep 9, 2013 at 8:42 AM):

The difference between your case and that of Huhne’s is that he knew who was driving the car (himself), and lied, then lied again, and again, then lied even more to cover up his initial stupidity. That the costs of any fines and/or ban could have easily been covered by “expenses” makes his case doubly galling.

You are right when you say that British traffic regulations are getting beyond madness; that Huhne (or any of his creed) suffer from it has to be a good thing, as they might start looking at easing the insanity – that you know they will not makes their role as our “representatives” all the more irritating.

That there will be people foolish enough to vote for him should he weasel his way back into politics does make you wonder about human sanity.

Sep 9, 2013 at 9:53 AM | Unregistered CommenterRadical Rodent


From one who voted - wasn't really heavy investigative journalism on the part of the Murdoch press to workout that Rudd and Co were on the nose and talk about it IMO

Sep 9, 2013 at 10:12 AM | Unregistered CommenterAnother Ian

Anyone convicted?

Sep 9, 2013 at 10:16 AM | Unregistered Commentermichael hart

I am both sympathetic and unsympathetic of what he is saying. I feel that media intrusion has fashioned modern politics such that only the most ambitious and arrogant dare consider a role because the good guys are terrified of having their personal details splashed over the news or gossip outlets, even if they have done very little wrong. We even see politicians being pilloried for being too good if they aren’t seen to be relaxed enough on sex or drugs. Thus we tend not to get basically good people but instead get gutsy shysters.

The media also represents a fake form of public opinion, it regularly claims to speak on our behalf and demonstrates it by selecting sound bites or polls from the public. The fact that those quotes/clips don’t represent the majority doesn’t trouble them. The BBC is particularly guilty of this and prides itself in playing the Devil’s advocate except on issues it agrees with. The media also drives public opinion by choosing what stories to feature and how much information to convey. AGW is a case in point. They long since stopped reporting news and started making it.

Because the media pounces on everything, politicians have become intolerably politically bland. The main parties are impossible to tell apart because they dare not diverge from the centre line in case they become the focus of media attention. The spotlight has also driven the politically correct band wagon which, while well meaning, has led to the point where terrible crimes are committed but nobody wants to tackle them for the relatively minor issue of appearing racist. Annoyingly this denial of reality actually generates racism and makes victims of those whom the media should be the first to protect.

However. Chris Huhne is mostly a victim of his own sliminess. The points thing was understandable. Having an affair and then ditching you wife without warning is sleazy but not that unusual. * Lying and hoping you won’t get into trouble is a natural response in our compensation driven culture that has killed the concept of honesty being the best policy. But the brazenness of looking the public in the eye and saying he didn’t do it and simultaneously lying to his kids is a grubby act too far. At that point all the misdemeanours are counted and add up to him being truly unsuitable to be a politician. Exposing this kind of jerk is EXACTLY why we need a press. He thinks that he’s not that different to many Brits… well true, but then I don’t want to be led by just any old Brit, I want the best.

* During the leadership power struggle between Huhne and Clegg they both appeared together on a TV programme. Prior to the show a member of Huhne’s team had sent a hatchet report on ‘Calamity’ Clegg to the producers. When asked about it Huhne denied any knowledge and it was later claimed that an over eager researcher had exceeded their position and acted unilaterally. The researcher later turned out to be his official, on-staff press manager for his leadership campaign – reporting directly to Huhne. Oh, and as we also found out, his mistress.

Sep 9, 2013 at 10:16 AM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

Has he been tried for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice? If not why not and if so why is he out of prison? The absurdity of this man being appointed a Director of a biomass firm is patently obvious. But hey ho instead of his life style being directly subsidised by the taxpayer it will just be indirectly subsidised.
He should do the decent thing and keep his mouth shut as most decent people would.

Sep 9, 2013 at 10:31 AM | Unregistered CommenterStacey

Murdoch's success relies on relaying what the normal man-in-the-street is thinking, he can do this because the extortion funded media hate the man-in-the-street and have contempt for his opinions (despite grabbing his wallet).

Sep 9, 2013 at 10:41 AM | Unregistered CommenterAC1

Huhne, like the rest of the political class, believes he knows better than us, how we should live our lives. He believes this so strongly that he sought, and won, the right to pass the often Draconian laws that govern our lives, including the laws he so brazenly flouted.

Also in common with many in the political class, he feels those laws should not be applied in his case. He is somehow different from the herd and deserves special consideration. He is, after all, not one of the 'little people'.

Such a pathological mindset should disqualify him from any public office. In an ideal world it would disqualify him from being a part of that society he seeks to govern. Exile would do nicely.

Sep 9, 2013 at 10:57 AM | Unregistered CommenterUncle Badger

Back in the day... 'A mans word is his bond'... not so today it seems.

Sep 9, 2013 at 11:00 AM | Unregistered Commenterconfused

If you take him at his word, what he's saying is that all/most politicians are guilty of similar behaviour to his (cheating, lying, perverting the course of justice, protecting themselves without regard to the greater public good, etc etc) and the media establishment only pursued him because of his politics.

I'm afraid I'm inclined to believe him (though not to sympathise with him).

Sep 9, 2013 at 11:08 AM | Unregistered CommenterChris Long

Huhne is a truly, deeply odious mendacious creep , a quick look at his YouTubage shows that he aspires to be a demagogue - positively bristling with fervor for destroying "the deniers" - for this alone - he should spin in a pit of misery for eternity IMNSHO and I don't for a minute think that a few seconds on the M11 is his only crime.

The fact that he was tripped up by a small lie is almost an aside - an ego this big will always overbalance (he says hopefully). That a few influence seekers boff him a few quid says quite a lot more about them and their perceptions of how things work.

Murdoch - Schmurdock - utterly and completely irrelevant - unless you're a struggling Guardian hack in which case - my enemy's enemy etc....

Sep 9, 2013 at 11:12 AM | Registered Commentertomo

Jack Savage:

Convinced? Of course I am! He has paid his debt to society and must now be allowed back to his natural place at the trough ...

Michael Hart:

Anyone convicted?

Thanks for those guys. And for 'Huhnebris' itself.

Sep 9, 2013 at 11:12 AM | Registered CommenterRichard Drake

4th February 2013 is Chris-Huhne day.

Sep 9, 2013 at 11:14 AM | Unregistered Commentermichael hart

The Daily Mash has some 'quotes'..

Sep 9, 2013 at 11:16 AM | Unregistered Commenterrhoda

Lets be grateful he did not kill any one with his reckless driving.

Sep 9, 2013 at 11:22 AM | Unregistered Commenterjamspid

And this is the person who, along with Prescott, E. Miliband and Davey, has imposed on us the ludicrous windmill programme which when STOR is fully developed will use about 80% more fossil fuel than for the same power from a CCGT system without windmills.

These deluded, pathological;, narcissists need to be locked up.

Sep 9, 2013 at 11:38 AM | Unregistered CommenterAlecM

The Judge summed him up quite nicely.

From the Guardian article, Judge Sweeney:

"Despite your high office you tried to lie your way out of trouble by claiming you were innocent, by repeating that lie again and again during your extensive interviews by the police … you have fallen from a great height, albeit that that is only modest mitigation given that it is a height that you would never have achieved if you had not hidden your commission of such a serious offence in the first place."

Sep 9, 2013 at 11:51 AM | Unregistered CommenterChairman Al

The Daily Mash nails it..


I'm surprised he doesn't blame Murdoch for his having chosen such an awful family.

Sep 9, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames P

He lied and continued to lie until the court case. He ended up in prison, his just deserts.

If a daft US company wishes to employ a self serving lier it is up to them but I bet they will end up wishing they had not.

Sep 9, 2013 at 12:04 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn Marshall

Presumably Huhne thinks that the real offence was being found out and that he would have got away with it if the media had all behaved as "responsibly" as the BBC and the Guardian.

Sep 9, 2013 at 12:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterRoy

I wouldn't say that I have sympathy for Huhne, but I can see some unfairness in the issue that he is complaining about. He is unhappy that he was singled out by the Murdoch press. I suspect that that is true.

In the sense that ALL the politicians are probably guilty of crimes such as these - indeed, far worse. They just haven't been found out yet...

One down, 649 to go...

Sep 9, 2013 at 12:10 PM | Unregistered CommenterDodgy Geezer

Daily Mash nails him -

Sep 9, 2013 at 12:12 PM | Registered CommenterFoxgoose

So Huhne's objection is about the press reporting on criminals breaking the Law? Right. Gotcha.

Sep 9, 2013 at 12:15 PM | Registered CommenterHector Pascal

What a thoroughly unpleasant little man Huhne is. Hugely arrogant, yet too stupid to grasp the fact that he made a legion of enemies during his time at Westminster, none of whom - now that he can no longer bully from a position of power - would these days bother to wee on him if they found him on fire.

He seems to believe that he has choice, whereas in fact he has none. A slow fade into obscurity is guaranteed.

Sep 9, 2013 at 12:29 PM | Unregistered CommenterJerryM

Lets be grateful he did not kill any one with his reckless driving.

Sep 9, 2013 at 11:22 AM | Unregistered Commenterjamspid

The original wrong declaration of points only worked for a few months, he then got a ban for 12 points due to mobile phone use. He will currently have a valid license and is regularly caught ignoring one way signs ;( but not by plod just the pepperatzi .

Sep 9, 2013 at 12:35 PM | Registered CommenterBreath of Fresh Air

All that Huhne has to complain about is that someone "grassed him up", aint life a bitch?

Sep 9, 2013 at 12:47 PM | Registered CommenterDung
Sep 9, 2013 at 12:48 PM | Registered Commentertomo

Dodgy Geezer:

I wouldn't say that I have sympathy for Huhne, but I can see some unfairness in the issue that he is complaining about. He is unhappy that he was singled out by the Murdoch press. I suspect that that is true.

In the sense that ALL the politicians are probably guilty of crimes such as these - indeed, far worse. They just haven't been found out yet...

One down, 649 to go...

I think this is quite wrong. In Germany in 1920s Gustav Stresemann wasn't perfect but he was better than Adolf Hitler. Those that complained that he was 'the same as all the rest' were in for a rude surprise.

I think we should be incredibly grateful that Huhne's ride on the gravy train was so decisively interrupted. I also take a mostly positive view of the Murdoch press but I can certainly live with those on Bishop Hill who take a harder line, for there is evidence both ways. Someone well-known in sceptic circles confided to me earlier in the year that he thought Rupert himself was a horrible man. He may be right; he certainly has more connections to form such a view. But it doesn't mean the media baron was wrong in he what he tweeted about the Australian elections two days ago, which our host retweeted. (I'd already thought about doing the same and decided against. It's funny the rules one uses for such decisions. Discussion for another time and most likely another place!)

Murdoch's take on Oz is a good example of how playing the man rather than the ball can be unhelpful. In Hitler's case the ball included murderous anti-semitism, something that Stresemann didn't advocate and that the German people should have both noticed and rejected. We likewise need to pay attention and choose from a never-perfect set of candidates the best we can.

Sep 9, 2013 at 1:16 PM | Registered CommenterRichard Drake

His story was dismissed on R5L thia morning, by none other than the Dr Evan Harris, another Lib Dem, also Associate Director of Hacked off, who was quite clear that the Huhne was a legitimate target of the press. Who needs friends when ...

Sep 9, 2013 at 1:25 PM | Unregistered CommenterIan_UK

Shell game - watch the pea. He did time for perverting the course of justice, not for shifting blame, something he shows is still fond of doing by citing Murdoch.

Sep 9, 2013 at 1:30 PM | Unregistered Commenterssat

I think he was unfairly put in jail for a really minor offense which isn't punished at all in the rest of civilised world.
His wife is another matter, she ABUSED the justice system to work out her frustrations..

That said Huhne is damaged goods and should pursue a career in private realm where he still has many connections.
There should be no regeneration of demoted career politicians.

Sep 9, 2013 at 1:35 PM | Unregistered Commenterptw

Even the Guardian aren't buying it;

although they fail to mention the implicit 'Murdoch made me lie' in Huhne's statements.

Sep 9, 2013 at 1:41 PM | Unregistered Commenterssat

Not impressed with any of the press, Murdoch or otherwise but that is a side issue to distract from the fact that anything Huhne says in public or writes in a national publication should have the preface; Chris Huhne the disgraced politician and convicted liar...
This is not a man to be trusted, and for any public role - he should be banished for life.

Sep 9, 2013 at 1:50 PM | Unregistered CommenterLord Beaverbrook

In my view, someone definitely had it in for him.

Sep 9, 2013 at 1:50 PM | Unregistered CommentereSmiff


I think he was unfairly put in jail for a really minor offense which isn't punished at all in the rest of civilised world.
His wife is another matter, she ABUSED the justice system to work out her frustrations..

That said Huhne is damaged goods and should pursue a career in private realm where he still has many connections.
There should be no regeneration of demoted career politicians.

Can't agree with that any more than with Dodgy Geezer. Even James Delingpole felt the need to say at some point that Huhne was being put away for the wrong thing. I take a different view of both the principles and the pragmatics. The job is to obey the law in one's own country, not any other. And the end result was an enormous help in the long-range battle against something that is, at heart, evil. Chris Huhne could now usefully work at a fraction of his previous earnings with the disadvantaged and fuel poor, just as Tony Abbott reportedly has for many years. I know which man I'd rather have near the levers of power right now. Things, though not perfect, are going in a useful direction. :)

Sep 9, 2013 at 1:56 PM | Registered CommenterRichard Drake

His downfall due to the Murdoch press..?

Er - no - I believe his downfall was due to pleading guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice (and previously denying it time and time again)...

Sep 9, 2013 at 1:57 PM | Unregistered Commentersherlock1

Here is another take, this one I am liking very much, the guardian, the bbc and manipulative vulgar men such as Huhne are the enemies of us all - the people. Just like the infectious cancer deep set and eating at the heart of the NHS, so it is with the public sector, in particularly Westminster and big institutions like the BBC - what all are in need of is a - deep steam clean.

What this all goes to show is that as along as one is happy to preach the Guardian’s gospel by talking up left wing concerns, climate alarmism, attacks on the British entity and identity, or servicing the assault on Murdoch, no amount of criminal activity, viciousness or sickening mindset is enough to preclude anyone from a platform and copious column inches. It’s a bit like the Guardian saying, that person is a pathetic scumbag, but he’s their kind of pathetic scumbag so he’s OK.


Sep 9, 2013 at 2:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterAthelstan.

The difficulty is that politicians as soon as (or even before) they put the magic letters MP after their names undergo some sort of metamorphosis whereby they sincerely believe that they are, of and in themselves, intrinsically important. Huhne is a particularly egregious example.It's a pity he didn't learn some humility in prison and follow the example of John Profumo - though good works and Huhne is probably an oxymoron.

Sep 9, 2013 at 2:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterDavid Chappell

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