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Huhne the loon will, go doon.

I take no pleasure from Chris Huhne facing a prison sentence (despite the title of this blog}. I’d much have preferred that he got his comeuppance at the ballot box and quickly. That isn’t going to happen now.

When he was Energy Secretary in the collation government he pursued global warming and climate change policies with absolute vigour. He’s been described as a “political heavy weight” and he certainly pushed his agenda with complete disregard for any message but his own, regardless of the affects they had on the people of the UK.

He has obviously upset many people, not least his ex-wife and son Peter, in particular. I would have thought time in prison, albeit a cushy one, would be a dawdle for him.  His sons dislike of him, however may be a much heavier burden to deal with.

His ex-wife still has to stand trial for the points fiasco. I wonder what her punishment will be? Can the judge be lenient? From the reporting so far it does look like she will suffer anything thrown at her whilst enjoying that old adage “revenge is sweet”.

There’s another old adage “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves”.

Maybe Confucius would settle for one in this case.

 

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Guardians of a free press in the UK

Here we are again then…

Yesterday I had a wee rant; yes I know it’s becoming a regular feature, but it was about Huhne the Loon, which you will immediately agree as being justified. His points make prizes technical hitch now looks like getting him more of a prize than he bargained for. But that was yesterday and this is today.

I was also musing, in the same piece, about what would have happened if the planned controls, so desired by politicians and Leveson himself, on the UK press had been in place when the Sunday Times got the Huhne story in the first place? What controls you ask? The ones the politicians are obviously planning to protect them and their celebrity chums from being exposed by the press.

The story would not have appeared and Huhne the Loon would be continuing on his merry way plotting his next money grab by way of saving the planet against the ravages of CO2. He’d also be carrying out strategic planning for his leadership bid to replace Nick Clegg in the very near future. Life’s a bitch and then you die. Nae luck.

But this is about the press. Two organisations have been instrumental in trying to do down News International and in so doing have allowed potentially disastrous controls to be placed on the UK press. The BBC and The Guardian. The controls will fall just as heavily on them as it will on any of the other newspapers, magazines, TV and radio news programmes, websites etc. etc.

The BBC has spent countless hours on doing News International down mainly to try to stop NI taking over BskyB completely. This would have been a bad thing apparently, since it would have left NI in a position to present TV news without the left wing bias, which is the BBCs trademark. The Guardian opposed NI for the same reasons but they went a bit further.

The Guardian reported that NOTW reporters had deleted messages on Milly Dowlers phone, which lead to her parents thinking that she might still be alive. You may recall a police solicitor state that the NOTW reporter had not done that and it was probably down to the messages being deleted automatically. The Guardian has not withdrawn or commented on their previous statements.

It should also be noted that a Guardian employee, a journalist, also admitted that hacking had taken place at the Guardian and he himself had been involved in it. This was never discussed at the Inquiry or the subsequent Leveson jamboree.

It is ironic that institutions such as the BBC and the Guardian who postured as being above the throng of “hack” reporting and who pride themselves in journalistic integrity, end up helping to prove that controls are required over the UK press. This looks unfortunately like it will be how things will work out.

What do the BBC and The Guardian have in common? They favour the left political viewpoint and their reporting demonstrates this. The Guardian is the newspaper of choice for BBC staff; it’s almost become the hard copy version of BBC news and is referred to often.

My family has a long history of being Labour voters and favouring the left as a position, which reflected the needs of the working man. My Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather would not recognise the fashionably left inclined people who are employed at either the BBC or The Guardian. The fashionably left are no friend of the workingman and could never be. They confuse their dislike of capitalism, which they see as being corporate and greedy. To an extent they are right however, their views and their position as the voice of the left, as they see it, follow and support causes which makes the working mans life harder. Their green agenda has increased bills as has their love of the EU to name but two examples.

They do not seem to have any ability to view any of their campaigns from either a strategic or a holistic viewpoint. They have an aim and they follow it and are then surprised to find their actions cause other effects, some of which are at best detrimental and others sheer tragedy.

What will the headlines be like on the day the politicians finally manage to start the journey to gain the level of press controls they dream off? The initial controls won’t be too dramatic they will be low key but bit by bit they will be tightened in the same tried and tested ways that have resulted in so many freedoms which have been lost.

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2012 in Politics

 

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Huhne the Loon – Part 2

So Huhne the Loon is to face charges for his speeding offence and his ploy to get his then wife to take the points on her license.

There are days when you think there is indeed fairness and justice in the world. They are very unusual and always surprising. Whilst I NEVER wish ill on my fellow humans I do make EXCEPTIONS for cases like this. Today has demonstrated fairness and justice. Today is an EXCEPTION.

Firstly, Huhne the Loon is in a position of trust and power as a representative for the people of his constituency. Of course he doesn’t see that as being important apart from ensuring he keeps those who voted for him sweet enough to vote for him again. He is in a position of power and privilege, which he enjoys and he also makes decisions, which affect people’s lives.

In his case he has been guilty of following policies, which have increased the likelihood of some people dying. That’s a serious point to make. He has encouraged the installation of hundreds of useless windmills paid for by the taxpayer, which generate the most expensive electricity possible paid for by the taxpayer and in encouraging the energy generators to pass their costs onto the consumer. He has also sat by and watched the businesses and people who own these windmills get paid to turn them off again at the expense of the taxpayer and the consumer. This had led directly to increased energy costs, which has subsequently meant that those most at risk in our society, have been put at even greater risk , particularly when the weather turns cold.

Secondly, this whole issue for Huhne the Loon came about because a newspaper printed a story about it. Huhne the Loon and his fellow politicians from the Palace of Westminster are slowly edging their way to increasing controls of the press. The celebrities have already had a go at it and so have politicians. If the new controls, which the politicians want, had been in place when this story became apparent, the newspaper involved might not have been able to print it.

Huhne the Loon has been living on a level, which is unacceptable to ordinary people. He enjoys significant wealth, which isn’t the issue, the issue is he has been behaving as if he is above the law and above reasonable scrutiny. However, he may now have more time to consider his actions and how he might alter his stance on certain issues.

He is to be charged and we should never pre-judge the outcome. Everyone has a right to a fair trial. The politicians have been eroding this however, aided and abetted by the police and those involved I the Justice System itself. He will have his day in court as will his ex-wife and may people will re-judge the outcome. He is a well-known figure in the government, which might hep or hinder him. The latter probably, but time will tell.

Being charged will remove him from office, which is a reasonable response although he will be replaced with someone similar. He may well stay in politics but it will be for the voters in his constituency to decide. I doubt he will. I doubt he would have anyway. The LibDems have demonstrated they have little in the way of principles and the ballot box may become their worst enemy.

Rather than a stint in one of the more comfortable pokeys perhaps Huhne the Loon should be installed in a small run down council flat with an inadequate heating system and a card meter. He should be provided with a small amount of money to live on, which would ensure he would have to make decisions on choosing to eat or to heat. Let him give that a try and then see if he still clings to his ridiculous greenie principles.

 
 

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