After months of denial the sinner recants and admits his guilt – what a surprise not, considering that of which he is part. Where the standing of politics and politicians in this country is concerned, it could be said that the expenses scandal – in which Huhne has questions to answer – provided the coffin. Huhne’s conduct, which has included repeatedly lying about the speeding charge, provided the lid and which he has now – linking to his own standards of morality – screwed shut.
When one considers the time of Profumo and the public’s discovery that a Member of Parliament was guilty of having lied – and for those of us around at that time feeling an initial disappointment, which soon turned to disgust, that this should happen – it shows the nadir to which politics and politicians has sunk that the admission by Huhne causes no surprise.
Sentence has yet to be passed and while said sentence could vary from being suspended but coupled to community work, to a term of incarceration, this aspect of the case is to a certain extent peripheral.
Huhne accepted £17,000 pay-off on leaving the Cabinet and he has accepted salary as an MP and Government minister on what might be termed a fraudulent basis. Should not those monies be returned to the public purse? And what of his pension – should not that be forfeited or drastically reduced? The courts will decide his sentence and parliamentary authorities will no doubt decide on the matter of his pension – but neither of those two bodies were the “wronged party” and neither of those two bodies provided the funds from which Huhne benefited
Is Huhne’s crime of abusing the trust of his electorate any different to the abuse that some MPs – still sitting in parliament because they were re-elected in 2010 – committed against their electorates where the matter of “expenses” are concerned? That Huhne faces committal and others do not would seem to raise questions about our system of justice, how it is applied and more importantly who’s “finger is in the pie” where the application of justice is concerned.
There will no doubt be outrage among the public in respect of Huhne – but the public should realise that they put Huhne and others like him in Parliament, they condone a system of democracy that is well past its sell-by date, one which permits such disgraceful behaviour. Therefore I would suggest that outrage is the last thing people are entitled to express. Perhaps it is more a question of physician, heal thyself.