No Mr. Huhne, I’m afraid not

Shamed cabinet minister Chris Huhne has blamed the Press for sparking the speeding points scandal which led to the end of his political career.

The former Liberal Democrat, who was jailed for eight months in March for perverting the course of justice, claims a ‘new media aggression’ has become ‘a problem for us all’.

He accused two newspapers of targetting him, first to expose his affair with an aide and then to reveal he had passed off speeding points to his wife Vicky Pryce.

You might be able to blame Guido, a bit. You might be able to blame your ex-wife perhaps. Possibly even yourself for your own behaviour.

But you cannot blame “the media” because all they did is report on what turned out to be the truth.

You know, the fault is not in The Sun but in yourself?

12 thoughts on “No Mr. Huhne, I’m afraid not”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    He accused two newspapers of targetting him, first to expose his affair with an aide and then to reveal he had passed off speeding points to his wife Vicky Pryce.

    Regardless of whether they were targeting him or not, what on Earth is he thinking? How is telling us that this sh!t is a sh!t not a public service? How is it not what newspapers are supposed to do?

    I can see he might want the papers to keep quiet about it. But how does he argue himself into believing the world would be a better place if they did?

  2. “I can see he might want the papers to keep quiet about it. But how does he argue himself into believing the world would be a better place if they did?”

    Never underestimate a politician’s bottomless capacity for self-deception!

  3. Shamed cabinet minister?

    He feels no shame, other than for being caught out.

    As I see it, it couldn’t have happened to a more appropriate person, although the lesson quite obviously hasn’t been learned.

  4. “I can see he might want the papers to keep quiet about it. But how does he argue himself into believing the world would be a better place if they did?”

    Because once you head is as far up your own bottom as it is in Mr Huhne’s case, you begin to believe that something being good for you is the only criteria that matters. You are the world etc.

    Utter, utter scum

  5. Ah, “the media”. You should see the hysteria at the moment in Australia over the impact of the Murdoch media on the election.

  6. The basic problem with what Huhne says is that reporting on a criminal’s breaking of the law is one of the main functions of the media. Especially when that criminal is also a powerful cabinet minister.

  7. This hardly suggests he is showing much remorse. And no doubt after a while he’ll be on the speaker circuit, or pick up some of consultancy role.

  8. He feels no shame, other than for being caught out.

    Agreed, but I don’t really care one way or the other. I do think this whole modern obsession with shame and breast-beating public apologies can get a bit boring.* I don’t really mind that Huhne is a scheming little chancer that wanted to screw the system for all he could; frankly I’d expect no less.** What I mind is that he is now getting all sanctimonious about being exposed as same.

    Seriously, if he just held his hands up and said “well, it was worth a go, got caught out, can’t complain” then I reckon he’d get a lot more respect. As it is he comes across as a whining narcissistic little ****.

    * especially now that you have to be a sodding victim all the time. “Oh, I was depressed”, “oh, I had a sex addiction” – the absolute zenith being Mark Oaten, who apparently was ‘having a mid life crisis because he was going bald’

    **cf many other comments about why it is better to be ruled by the venal than the puritannical.

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