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Chris Huhne frames pictures of himself and takes our money

Issue No. 2252

Chris Huhne, the Liberal Democrat environment minister, states clearly that he did not ask someone to fiddle his speeding penalty points. Perhaps.

It is worth recalling that the entirely unremarkable City millionaire Huhne says he has “two homes we actually use” plus five more he rents out. He once claimed expenses of 59p for a packet of Hobnob biscuits and £85.35 bill for the “mounting, framing and inscription of photo of Chris Huhne”.

More significantly, Huhne used to believe that “nuclear is a tried, tested and failed technology”—but is now in favour of nuclear energy.

But changing tunes is in the DNA of the Liberal Democrats.

The coalition like to present themselves as strong and united. But they are in fact weak and divided—and deeply nasty.

It may be that the scandal originates in Huhne being punished by the Tories and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg for being a little too vocal in criticising the coalition he is a part of.

Or it may be the case that Huhne, in recent weeks, knew his downfall was looming so started to make some critical noises.

Either way, the Huhne scandal shows two things.

That the coalition is made up of corrupt, penny-pinching millionaires.

And the warring and wrangling that lies thinly hidden beneath the surface of the government is one more indication they are beatable.


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What We Think
Tue 17 May 2011, 18:18 BST
Issue No. 2252
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