Cheerio Chris Huhne!
So, Chris Huhne has voluntarily evicted himself from sitting round the Big Cabinet Table. A resignation always looks better than a straightforward sacking (and at least leaves the door a little ajar on a future return) so doubtless when he was told of the Crown Prosecution Services intent to prosecute him for perverting the course of justice it was an easy decision to make. Huhne’s departure is a massive triumph for the Conservative Party when it comes to reminding the Liberal Democrats who is boss.
Although Guido Fawkes has been leading the charge against Huhne there is little doubt in my mind that he was given all the ammunition he would ever need by sources within the Conservative high-command. It is also plausible that Nick Clegg at least knew about the plot to silence one of his more heavyweight potential challenges for his crown of thorns. Not that this necessarily makes the allegations against Huhne untrue, in fact, i’d argue they make them more likely to be true because surely the conspirators would surely not want a suitably martyred Huhne to return strengthened by having cleared his name?
If he is guilty then he is not just guilty of perverting the course of justice but less seriously (and with slightly less potential prison time attached) he is also guilty of being an incredibly stupid narcissist. Nobody would have really batted an eyelid at a minister with a few speeding penalty points attached to their name; however, one that is guilty of perverting the course of justice is an entirely different matter. What quite was going through his mind at the time you can only wonder but it certainly wasnt anything like the kind of good political judgement you’d expect from a Cabinet minister. It definitely mitigates heavily against the view that he was some kind of strategic political genius.
You often wonder how much it will take to make Liberal Democrats realise their party’s position of simpering servility. Rather than equal partners in a joint enterprise they are lobby fodder that can and probably will be dispatched at the earliest possible convenience. Only when it is too late, you suspect, will they realise that they sold their soul for 30 pieces of fake silver.