Indeed. Some context from the Guardian:Bones McCoy wrote:It's been quite a week hasn't it.
According to the reference book British Political Facts by David Butler and Gareth Butler, not a single cabinet minister has resigned as a result of being charged with a serious criminal offence since modern records began in 1903.
A junior minister resigned in November 1958 after being charged with gross indecency. Lt Colonel Ian Harvey, who was the parliamentary under-Secretary of state at the Foreign Office, was charged with gross indecency after being found with a member of the Coldstream Guards in the bushes in St James's Park.
When apprehended, Harvey tried but failed to escape, and attempted to give a false name on arrest. Both men were charged with gross indecency and breach of the park regulations. When tried on 10 December, the indecency charge was dropped and both were fined £5.
Bloomberg has interviewed Philip Cowley, professor of politics at Nottingham University, who said: "I can't think of a comparable case in British politics where a cabinet minister is charged by the police for an offence for which they potentially face jail if convicted."
Sounds good to me. Lock him up and throw away the key, but not before every other Lib Dem cabinet member has been chucked in the cell with him.They are both to face a criminal trial after being charged with perverting the course of justice, for which the maximum sentence is life imprisonment.
Part of me thinks with someone in Huhnes position the police wouldn't go for it unless they were absolutely convinced of their case. Too much to risk should they lose IMO.oboogie wrote:Of course there is the possibility that Huhne might be found innocent.
If that happens, the consequences could be very interesting, as it would leave Huhne as a loose-cannon, a lightning-rod for dissenters amongst the Liberal backbenchers. The stuff of Clegg's nightmares.
But that's a big 'if'......
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