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*****UPDATE*****

The latest in this story is that Chris Huhne has resigned from the cabinet in order to fight the charge placed against him and his ex-wife of perverting the course of justice.

Keir Starmer representing the Crown Prosecution Service said “sufficient evidence to bring criminal charges against both Mr Huhne and Ms Pryce for perverting the course of justice”.

This seems to have had an immediate response from MP’s opposed to Huhne’s strategies as Energy and Climate Change Secretary and are discussed in an article by Melanie Phillips of ‘The Mail Online‘ at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2096916/Chris-Huhnes-exit-gives-Cameron-chance-end-scourge-wind-turbines.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

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*****Update End*****

Firstly an apology to my worldwide readership, as if I’ve got thousands of them, as this involves a UK politician, although the parallels could be drawn wherever you live.

The allegation.

English: Nick Clegg and Chris Huhne

Chris Huhne is a politician who sits on the UK Government Cabinet and is accused of asking his ex-wife to admit she was driving his car when a speeding offence occurred. This meant she would receive penalty points on her driving license for an offense he allegedly committed, thus avoiding the strong possibility of a disqualification from driving because of the accumulation of points on his license; he’s obviously been caught before then.

The action

The police have been investigating a charge of ‘perverting the course of justice‘ against Huhne, with a decision being made today (3rd Feb).
From the brief interview with Huhne shown on television this morning it would appear he is quite confident no charges will be made against him, smug is a word that sprung to mind whilst watching it. Remember in the UK, quite rightly, you have to be ‘proved’ guilty so it is not really about whether someone committed the allegation in the first place, more about what can be proved in court.

The repercussions

If Huhne is charged the likelihood is he will be removed from the Cabinet, according to Nick Clegg and David Cameron, if he is found guilty there is a possibility he will go to prison. Both of these actions are likely to end a ‘brilliant political career.’

The oversight

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The motoring offences Huhne was penalised for including the one at the centre of this allegation occurred over 10 years ago; so could they be written off as a learning curve, even such a re-percussive offence that has led to an 8 month criminal investigation. Is it possible Huhne learnt from his early mistakes and became a better person, even though, one made when younger may have a ‘bite you on the bum’ effect?

Whether Huhne committed the criminal offence is one thing, but what seems to be overlooked is the fact he consistently committed offences against the law of this

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country, all be it minor ones in comparison to the one he is awaiting a decision on.

An observation
There is a saying “Great oaks from little acorns grow”, but I’m not sure which way to apply it.

Whilst checking out the above proverb I found the following three ‘mistake’ proverbs.
  • Success in the end erases all the mistakes along the way. Chinese Proverb
  • He who covers up his mistakes intends to make some more. Chinese Proverb
  • Your friend will swallow your mistakes, your enemy will present them on a plate. Arab Proverb

Without sadness, happiness would become mundane – Nigel Lewis-Davidson

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