Having noted the similarities between the Mail’s copy on the Chris Huhne speeding saga and the outpourings of Paul Staines and his tame gofer Henry Cole at the Guido Fawkes blog, I was going to move on to subjects new, except that the less than dynamic duo keep banging on about it – and are now looking desperate.
In late May, Staines was boasting in reply to a thread on Lib Dem Voice “you know you can get big money if you think Huhne is going to last until June 1”, that “My tanks are real and we have him firmly in our sights. He won’t survive”, and threateningly warned that “We ain’t finished yet”.
Cole then threw his rattle out of the pram in some style as he berated Mark Pack “You’re either delusional or knowingly denying the obvious. Why are you putting your neck on the line for a politician who in all likelihood will be out the door any minute?”, the statement coming on May 26.
Well, it’s now June 27, so that’s an awfully long “any minute”. So, not surprisingly, the weekend news that Essex Police are looking for the Sunday Times to hand over their tape of a conversation between Huhne and ex-wife Vicky Pryce is being trowelled on by the Fawkes blog, with yet another item today.
And that post shows that Staines and Cole are guessing: it tells of “the taped conversation in which Huhne orders his estranged wife to partake in a cover-up, and the document she signed promising to support her allegations in court”. The conversation took place some time after the event, and what has been alleged about its contents does not include anyone ordering anyone else to partake in anything.
Moreover, the “document she signed” is more guessing, and doesn’t sound right: why would Vicky Pryce, a successful career woman in her own right, sign a document that involved an open ended commitment to appear in court and effectively guarantee to give evidence in a particular way? I can’t be sure, but suspect that this is more guesswork.
What certainly is guesswork is the assertion that “Sources have suggested that the wind has once again changed direction and doubts about Huhne’s future in Government have returned to mid-May levels”. This is complete and utter drivel, and nothing more than an increasingly distressed Henry Cole whistling to try and keep his spirits up.Far from being “the final nail in the coffin”, it is clear that the taped conversation is the last chance for a conviction. Essex Police have gone through everything else and come up empty handed. It’s looking more and more as if the less than dynamic duo at the Fawkes blog are about to chalk up another glorious failure.