Chris Huhne: Charged with perverting the course of Justice – Resigns as Energy Minister

Posted: February 3, 2012 by tallbloke in Incompetence, Legal, media, Photography, Politics

Chris Huhne, the Energy Secretary, has been charged with perverting the course of justice and now faces a criminal trial and the loss of his Cabinet position.

Mr Huhne and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce have both been charged with the same offence amid allegations that he asked her to take speeding points on his behalf. The pair now face the prospect of a criminal trial over allegations that they conspired to pervert the course of justice. The offence carries a maximum life sentence.

Miss Pryce, who separated from Mr Huhne in June 2010 following his affair with aide Carina Trimingham, told the Sunday Times that her husband had asked “someone” to take his penalty points following a speeding offence in March 2003.

This morning, less than an hour after the charges were announced by the Criminal Prosecution Service (CPS), Mr Huhne resigned from his position as Energy Secretary.

They will appear before Westminster Magistrates Court on February 16th.

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  1. PhilJourdan says:

    Over speeding tickets! I guess he is the poster boy on why respect should NEVER be given to politicians – it can be earned, but just because they get elected does not show they are smart.

  2. Too much power, too young, and of course with his disastrous hold on climate pseudoscience and greenie pseudoscience, I’m very glad he’s gone.

  3. A. C. Osborn says:

    Let’s just hope we get someone more sensible in his place, but I think it is doubtfull.

  4. Zeke says:

    “Chris Huhne: Charged with perverting the course of Justice – Resigns as Energy Minister”

    And then it’s only a speeding ticket. Do they have any nice jail cells abailable with views of “beautiful” wind turbines, and the French eating caviar with their wind turbine profits from Britain’s energy supply and Britain’s green subsidies?

    http://www.ukip.org/content/latest-news/1761-turbulence-over-turbine-plans-in-west-mids

  5. Ed says:

    If life in prison is possible, then I hope he gets it. He deserves it….and worse.

  6. He loves the useless behemoths so much. They are so precious to him.

    So bundle him off to an off-shore one, equipped with an oil can, a sleeping bag and 24 tins of baked beans so that he can personally take care of one of his beloved creatures. Sleeping inside it’s comforting base and lulles to sleep every evening by it’s sweet murmurs.

    What? We have to first find him guilty? What nonsense! He prosecuted CO2 and deemed it guilty of changing climate. No chance for a defence. Not even the lettuce got a word in edgeways.

  7. Reblogged this on contrary2belief and commented:
    Fe Fe Fe
    That irony.

  8. Vuk says:

    Brian H says:
    Vuk
    Both posts are wrong. It’s “Huhne”. No “g” necessary.

    Thanks Brian, but I got enough problems with mine own.

  9. Tenuc says:

    Huhne the grün buffoon will soon have to croon in the dock. Here’s hoping justice will be done and he has to serve a spell at HM pleasure. As, it appears, he was forced to resign, does that make him guilty until proved innocent… :-)

  10. Don Keiller says:

    Huhne supporters (believe it or not there are some!) say the loss of Huhne’s “intellect” is a blow to the Government.

    I beg to differ. If he was half as clever as he thought he was, he wouldn’t have got himself into this mess in the first place.

    Like many arrogant narcissists who find themselves in positions of power, he let his gonads do the thinking.

  11. Archonix says:

    Buff Huhne leaving won’t make a jot of difference to this government’s climate policy. Want to know why? Watch a few episodes of Yes Minister and then go cry in the large brandy you’ll feel compelled to take afterwards.

  12. tallbloke says:

    The Daily Wail takes a jaundiced view of Chris Huhne’s replacement:

    Who is Ed Davey? Will Chris Huhne’s replacement as Secretary for Energy and Climate Change continue his predecessor’s relentless pursuit of taxpayers to fund wind farms? The British taxpayer hopes not.

    On paper Davey seems more palatable than Huhne – although admittedly that is not very hard – but in reality he will be just another Lib Dem who believes that the hard-pressed British taxpayer should be signing up to more climate change taxation policies

    In 2010, the 46-year-old Oxford graduate who started his Lib Dem career as an advisor (another one, groan) was given a middle-ranking ministerial position within the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills – led by his colleague Vince Cable. He has been close to Sir Menzies Campbell – no fan of the Conservative element of the coalition who takes a vocal swipe at Cameron as often as he can.

    Huhne’s legacy has been to leave UK manufacturing hurt by his climate change agenda. Consumers are facing an increase of £120 per annum in their fuel bills and he hasn’t built a single nuclear power station or figured out how to plug the gap in energy supply that we are facing. What will be Mr Davey’s legacy?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2096057/Chris-Huhne-resignation-Who-Ed-Davey-anyway.html

  13. Brian H says:

    I guess we’ll get more of an idea who’s driving that bus. If Cameron has any sense, he’ll use the changeover to re-evaluate Britain’s financial commitments. If Davey (or before him Huhne) is actually making policy strictly at the behest of the Lib Dems, no such re-evaluation will take place.

    Knowing the mindset of Greens, though, I actually expect Davey to double down to prove his worthiness to The Cause.

  14. gallopingcamel says:

    What a disappointment to hear that Huhne was not ousted by peasants fed up with rising fuel bills!

    You Brits, Danes and Germans deserve thanks for building all those dumb windmills so the rest of us won’t have to.

  15. Vuk says:

    Coinciding with the demise of the UK’s ‘climate change’ minister Chris Huhne, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology publishes report
    Climate Variability and Weather February 2012

    http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/POST-PN-400.pdf

    with this statement:
    Natural forms of climate variability are likely to be the main influence on the UK’s climate over the next few decades.
    For some months now, a graphical representation of my numerical analysis was available here:

    http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/CET-NV.htm

    Since its first appearance on WUWT it has had more than 1000 web-page hits including some from the UK MetOffice and the Exeter area (home of the MetOfffice).
    It is nice to know that those in authority eventualy are realising that natural variability is the primary cause of the climate change.

  16. tallbloke says:

    From the Yorkshire Post:

    Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said Mr Davey – who won plaudits for his handling of postal issues as a Business Minister – had shown a “lifelong commitment to the environment”.

    Kingston and Surbiton MP Mr Davey said: “It is a sad day for many people in the department and the Liberal Democrats because Chris Huhne has had a real vision for a green economy and he has done fabulous work as secretary of state.

    “I have now got to take up the challenges, the challenge of climate change, the challenge of energy security, and I am particularly conscious of the impact on consumers’ households across the country of high energy bills.”

    He added: “I want us to have a green economy where there’s lots of green jobs to help growth in our economy.”

    First elected in 1997, Mr Davey was educated at Nottingham High School where Ken Clarke and Ed Balls also studied. He achieved a First in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Jesus College, Oxford, and was a Lib Dem adviser then a management consult before standing for parliament.

  17. Don Keiller says:

    In the UK we have the crime of “Involuntary Manslaughter”

    http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/h_to_k/homicide_murder_and_manslaughter/

    One aspect that comes under this legislation is
    “that caused by the defendant’s gross negligence”.

    Given the fact that the policies so rigorously pursued by Huhne have directly increased fuel poverty in the UK, he is undoubtedly responsible for some deaths from hypothermia in the UK.

    He should be charged as such.

  18. Mr Davey took the “Soft” PPE option. What a pity he did not take some science courses.

  19. Zeke says:

    The hedge fund community is behind all of this. But who’s afraid of billionaires. Not I.

  20. P.G. Sharrow says:

    “The team” has control of everything but their numbers a few and the back field thin. Every one they lose is a big hit and they will move heaven and earth to protect their own. Now they are losing their credibility with the populaces, “You can’t fool all the people all the time”. Cold houses and empty wallets are sharpening the wits of the people, and soon the tines of the pitchforks.

    Prophecies for this time is that “the followers of the Philosophy of More will so discredit themselves, that it will be erased from human endeavor”. Socialism / communism is the Philosophy of More.

    “The strawberries and watermelons perfume has turned to stench, soon they will be compost.” pg

  21. tallbloke says:

    Zeke: Let them eat carbon creds.

  22. Zeke says:

    Yeah, at .23 a tonne! hahah :D

  23. Aussie says:

    Nothing much to add because I feel sorry for you in the UK…. but then again we have Juliar Dullard as our Prime Minister…..I suppose you heard about the Australia Day debacle and how it started as a plot from her office!!

  24. tallbloke says:

    Hi Aussie. Do tell! This is a ‘political shenanigans’ thread ( a rare event on the Talkshop) so not OT. Have you blogged it?

  25. Vuk says:

    101 Tories revolt over wind farms
    David Cameron has been hit by a major protest by Conservative MPs over the Government’s backing for wind farms, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9061997/101-Tories-revolt-over-wind-farms.html

  26. Zeke says:

    @Aussie – Welcome back. I followed the Australia Day riot a little on Andrew Bolt’s blog.

    “One of Ms Gillard’s media advisers, Tony Hodges, resigned last night after conceding he had disclosed Mr Abbott was at The Lobby restaurant, next to the tent embassy, and information was passed to protest organisers.”

    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/labor_must_come_clean_how_did_it_incite_this_race_riot/

    I try to remind people over here that anyone who thinks they can elect a global warming advocate who promises there will be “no carbon tax” can go ask Aussies how they like Julia Gillard’s new carbon tax which she promised was off the table. And it is complete with pathetic little rebates and cuts to hide the true deadly effects of the carbon tax.

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