Stonehaven, Scotland – Sorry but I simple could not resist this one…
If you do not live or have not visited the Antipodes you may be unaware that Down Under they have term used to describe those who drive a car, or come to that a motorcycle, in a manner that is fast, noisy or dangerous. These anti social types are referred to as hoon’s.
Here in United Kingdom we too have a Huhne in our case its Chris Huhne MP who has quit his Government post as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.
There may well be readers who don’t give a monkeys about politics or Huhne’s and have been out and about having a jolly good time on a motorcycle and are not up to speed on Mr Huhne’s alleged antics. For these sensible but uninformed folk I quote from the press release of the Crown Prosecution Service.
Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer said the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) had concluded there was “sufficient evidence to bring criminal charges against both Mr Huhne and Ms Pryce (Mr Huhn’s ex wife) for perverting the course of justice. The essence of the charges is that between March and May 2003, Mr Huhne, having allegedly committed a speeding offence, falsely informed the investigating authorities that Ms Pryce had been the driver of the vehicle in question, and she falsely accepted that she was the driver”.
This is heavy stuff as the maximum sentence for perverting the course of justice is life.
At this point I will avoid the pitfall of trial by social media and make the presumption that Mr Huhne is innocent until proven otherwise. I should also make it clear that Mr Huhne is in no way to be considered a hoon. However what I do know is that the CPS have spent nine months looking into this affair and that it has cost us taxpayers an arm and a leg cash wise.
Still one cannot but be fascinated by Mr Huhn’s judgement. In March 2003 Mr Huhne is allegedly caught speeding in road works on the M11 motorway. As he allegedly already has nine points on his license he allegedly asks someone allegedly “close” to take the three penalty points for him, thus avoiding a ban. In December 2003 Mr Huhne gets caught red-handed by the police using a mobile phone while he is driving. He gets three points and is banned.
I invite you to draw your own conclusions from the last paragraph. My only comment would be that Mr Huhne in clocking up twelve points on his licence seems to have little regard for the appropriate sections of the Road Traffic Act or road safety. But perhaps it was just bad luck!
Mr Huhne is the third Cabinet Minister to resign since the Lib Dem/ Conservative coalition was formed in May 2010.
Lib Dem David Laws resigned as Chief Secretary to the Treasury after 17 days in post over his expenses.
Conservative Liam Fox quit as Defence Secretary in October 2011 after questions were raised about his working relationship with his friend and self-styled adviser Adam Werritty.
So don’t do as I allegedly do, do as I allegedly say.
© Back Roads Rider 2012
- The DPP’s full statement on Huhne (independent.co.uk)