Posts Tagged “chris huhne”

The two Orange Bookers who’ve won over the Lib Dem membership

by Stephen Tall on May 22, 2014

It’s 10 years since The Orange Book was published. Edited by David Laws and Paul Marshall it was widely regarded as an attempt by economic liberals within the Lib Dems to wrest back control of the party from social liberals. Both Laws and Marshall would argue their attempt at ‘reclaiming liberalism’ (the book’s sub-title) was […]

Chris Huhne is a glass half-full kinda guy

by Stephen Tall on March 31, 2014

Chris Huhne’s weekly column for The Guardian is a must-read for me. Mainly because his writing is just as you’d expect: not afraid to put some stick about (yeah, yeah: he takes no prisoners) but there’s plenty of sharp intelligence too. And there’s a pretty hefty dollop of optimism this week, too, as he looks […]

Chris Huhne lands £100k a year job at US energy firm. And why not?

by Stephen Tall on August 11, 2013

The Independent reports the story of Chris Huhne’s new role: Disgraced former MP Chris Huhne has been hired as the manager of an energy firm just months after being released from prison. The Government’s ex-energy and climate change cabinet secretary has been working as the European manager of Zilkha Biomass Energy since July, according to […]

Vicky Pryce stripped of her honour – but who are the Honours Forfeiture Committee to decide?

by Stephen Tall on July 30, 2013

Vicky Pryce — the former wife of Chris Huhne, who was imprisoned earlier this year for perverting the course of justice after admitting taking speeding points on his behalf — was today stripped of the honour she was awarded by the Queen in 2009. As the BBC reports: The economist, who was made a Companion [...]

The Sun story about Chris Huhne that was a total invention (and which the other papers happily copied)

by Stephen Tall on May 19, 2013

Remember that front page Sun story from 13 March? On the off-chance Voice readers missed this exclusive, let’s refersh your memory of the splash: Disgraced MP Chris Huhne was ridiculed on his first day in Wandsworth jail yesterday — after a warder called him to breakfast by yelling “Order! Order!” Only one small problem with [...]

A brief (recent) history of the Lib Dems’ flagship tax-cut for the low-paid

by Stephen Tall on March 21, 2013

George Osborne’s fourth budget saw him finalise the commitment to implement in full the Lib Dems’ number one manifesto commitment: taking out of income tax all those who earn less than £10k a year. It prompted this post by my Co-Editor Caron Lindsay yesterday – Why it’s worth being a member of the Liberal Democrats [...]

Huhne / Pryce: I just don’t see how ‘prison works’ for anyone here

by Stephen Tall on March 12, 2013

His crime was speeding then lying (and lying some more). Her crime was lying and self-immolating revenge. Last night they spent their first night in prison. Few people will spare much sympathy for either Chris Huhne or Vicky Pryce. They are, as Mr Justice Sweeney said yesterday when sentencing the pair to eight months each, [...]

Huhne / Pryce: this is a human drama, not a political story

by Stephen Tall on March 7, 2013

It was the number of voicemail messages on my mobile (having been holed up in meetings for my non-political day-job) that alerted me a story had broken this afternoon. A clutch of requests from news stations eager to know what the political fall-out for the Lib Dems would be from Vicky Pryce being found guilty [...]

I’m sorry, Ian Birrell, but what on earth are you talking about?

by Stephen Tall on February 13, 2013

Before I begin this brief rant, I want to make it clear that I’m actually a fan of Ian Birrell’s writing: it’s passionate, informed, provocative. He’s not afraid to slam his colleagues in the media for their group-think on issues (…)

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Eastleigh by-election: your essential round-up of the latest campaign news (12 Feb)

by Stephen Tall on February 12, 2013

Here’s a round-up of news from the past 24 hours in the Eastleigh by-election… Nick Clegg offered Lib Dem candidate Mike Thornton his full backing on a visit to Eastleigh on Monday. Here‘s the Guardian report: “I am confident we will keep hold of this seat but not because I say so but because the [...]



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