Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Chris Huhne injunction


Chris Huhne, MP, Energy Secretary, is in a spot of bother.

The gaff prone man has denied he illegally persuaded his wife to take speeding points on his behalf.

He is defending himself in the media and spinning his way out of an embarrassing situation. The pressure is on him to demonstrate he hasn't broken the law. The saga is not quite as simple as it seems as reported in the Daily Mail, but as a sitting M.P. Huhne has a duty of care and trust to uphold and the media are there to ensure this is the case.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1388158/Chris-Huhnes-wife-Vicky-Pryce-told-judge-speeding-deception-8-years-ago.html

At this moment in time, Huhne could issue an injunction against his wife and stop the media from reporting this. How would you feel about that? The fact he has not, as far as we are aware, means the media can pursue the potential wrong doing of an M.P. This is a good thing.

2 comments:

  1. "The fact he has not, as far as we are aware, means the media can pursue the potential wrong doing of an M.P. This is a good thing. "

    No, it is not. Investigating potential wrongdoings is the job of the police and CPS, not the media. "Innocent until proven guilty" is the rule, yet without a shred of evidence that anything has happened, people are already talking up a possible resignation. So far, we have the say-so of a bitter estranged wife (cue Rice-Davies) - sure, we know that if the offence did occur at the time and place she says it did she probably couldn't have been there, but we don't know for sure that it did, and can't know (since the original offence is now spent and off the records at DVLA, and speeding offences don't go to the CRO so would never show up on a disclosure). It's a bit like asking "Did David Cameron rape and kill a girl in 1994?" You'd only have my word that the victim existed in the first place. If it were me, I'd be slapping on the injunction, and bringing a multi-million pound libel claim against anyone that tried to bust it. (For a high-level politician in their late-50s, millions of pounds in consultancy is not an unrealistic proposition.)

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  2. This looks qute a paranoid response. Good for twitter to investigate and reveal.

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