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Chris Huhne: my two months in open prison were like “public hanging”

Chris Huhne with the police

A simply astonishing column from Chris Huhne in today’s Guardian, in which he uses the jailing of Andy Coulson as a proxy to whinge about his own encounter with the criminal justice system:

“The custodial sentences are ridiculous; they serve no public purpose. The conviction itself will be the most severe part of Coulson’s punishment.

“Coulson’s sentence tells us more about the vindictive nature of our justice system – and of public opinion – than it does about his crimes.

Apparently custodial sentences are akin to 19th Century public hangings:

“there is something in the British psyche that likes to see others suffer … Are we much different today to the 30,000 people who gathered in 1849 to witness the public hanging of a husband and wife at Horsemonger Lane prison, Southwark?

And if we were in any doubt as to who he’s really talking about:

“Prison is the new public execution, with the tabloids scrambling to take pictures of any imprisoned celebrity and to invent ludicrous stories about their humiliations inside (as I can testify from my own experience).

“Given the gravity of his crimes, and the suffering of innocents, custody must be right for Rolf Harris. But surely not for Coulson and many others on short sentences.

Perverting the course of justice carries a custodial sentence because the offence undermines the very foundation of the criminal justice system, something that is clearly lost on Huhne.  His failure to tell the truth also led to the public humiliation of his son, with emotionally raw text messages revealed as part of the prosecution case.

The former cabinet minister served just a quarter of his eight month sentence and was transferred from Wandsworth to an Layhill open prison after just one week.

Eastleigh Lib Dem jailed again

A Liberal Democrat from Eastleigh has been jailed again — but it’s not Chris Huhne this time. Naked rambler Stephen Gough, who announced support for the Coalition party during the recent by-election, is going back to prison again for breaching his ASBO.

Gough has spent more than six years in prison for choosing not to wear clothes — that’s 34 times longer than Huhne spent in the clanger for a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Unfortunate picture/headline combination of the day

Unfortunate headline and picture combination for Chris Huhne in the Metro

Commuters should have been forgiven for a double-take when reading page 9 of Metro this morning, where a picture of Chris Huhne’s release appears alongside the headline (for a different story) “Rapists let off with a caution”.

A coincidence … or did the Metro designers decided to have a bit of fun yesterday evening?

Busted! The moment an M11 speed camera caught Chris Huhne

Chris Huhne speed camera photo

11:23pm. 12 March 2003. 69 miles per hour in a 50 zone.

Tories launch big phone canvassing push for Eastleigh

Chris Huhne’s political corpse is still warm but the coalition hostilities in Eastleigh (and Westminster) have already begun — starting with Tory attempts to knife a potential Lib Dem candidate.

In the last few minutes, activists have had an email from the Tory HQ campaigning department asking them to man phone lines to Hampshire from 6:30pm tonight. Those, err, lucky enough to be there for what is euphemistically described as a “fun night” on Monday will be joined by Grant Shapps and his predecessor as party chair, Eric Pickles:

“I am pleased to announce we will be joined at the Call Centre by Eric Pickles Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Party Chairman Grant Shapps. Both will be hitting the phones from 06:30pm and it would be great if you could join us in what should be a fun night of canvassing.”

Scrapbook hears Michael Green will be making an appearance too.

More: The email to activists in full »

Motorways and speed cameras: the best ironic photos of Chris Huhne

As Chris Huhne pleads guilty in his speeding ticket trial, here are some of Scrapbook’s favourite photos of the former energy secretary:

Chris Huhne on the motorway

Hear no evil on the motorway

More: Huhne with an actual speed camera »

Chris Huhne pleads guilty – maximum possible sentence three years

As Chris Huhne pleads guilty to perverting the course of justice in his speeding ticket trial, Scrapbook notes the Crown Prosecution Service sentencing range:

Perverting the course of justice

The sentence could be suspended …

… but changing his plea late on won’t have helped the former energy secretary.

UPDATE: We hope he likes porridge

Lib Dem Conference has official session called “Staying out of jail”

The official guide to the Liberal Democrats’ Spring conference is something of an irony free zone this year:

This will doubtless be of much interest to certain former cabinet members.

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