Chris Huhne Is Toast If He Is Charged
“The Prime Minister has confidence in the Energy Secretary” says a Downing Street spokeswoman, which effectively means that Huhne is toast if he is charged with perverting the course of justice, cast iron Dave now only has confidence in the Minister for Climate Religion and bird choppers, somewhere along the line “every” has become a political casualty.
Huhne has always maintained that he will hang to his cabinet position if charged, Cameron has now made it clear that he will make the decision not Huhne.
The Deputy Prime Minister’s comments appeared to ruin suggestions that his Liberal Democrat colleague could hold on to his job in such circumstances. Mr Huhne’s allies had suggested that he could stay in the Cabinet because the ministerial code, which sets the standards for the behaviour of ministers, does not explicitly say he would have to resign.
But Mr Clegg said yesterday that he and David Cameron would have to “take a view” if the Crown Prosecution Service decided to press charges over claims that Mr Huhne persuaded Vicky Pryce, who his wife at the time, to take speeding points on his behalf.
“Of course, that is a very serious issue if that were to arise,” he said on the Andrew Marr Show on BBC One. “We as a Government want the highest standards of probity to be in place in everything that is done by Cabinet members.”
Huhne manages to alienate most people he comes in contact with, from personal attacks on Lib Dem Leader Nick Clegg during Huhne’s failed bid to become Leader of the Lib Dems to briefing against cabinet colleagues on Twitter, Huhne is all out of friends.
Mr Clegg dropped hints yesterday that David Laws could be invited back to join the Government.
He was forced to resign in 2010 after The Daily Telegraph disclosed that he had claimed £40,000 in expenses while living with his long-term partner, James Lundie.
“I would like to see David Laws back in Government – not just because I admire him a lot and he is a close colleague and friend of mine – I just so happen to think he would be very good for the Government and good for Britain,” Mr Clegg said.
When the Leader of your political party and deputy Prime Minister is openly talking about your replacement then your future is looking bleak, much like the future of Huhne’s wind turbines really.
Posted on January 23, 2012, in Anthropogenic Global Warming, Climate Change, Global Warming, Lib Dem, Wind Power and tagged Chris Huhne, Crown Prosecution Service, David Cameron, Nick Clegg. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.