By DAVID WOODING
FEW things are ever clear-cut when trying to get to the truth in politics. We encounter spin, twisting the facts and downright lies.
Then there’s Chris Huhne.
The former Cabinet minister who oozes self-belief has been lying through his teeth for nearly two years. He swore blind the he would prove the newspapers wrong after they exposed how he made his wife take his speeding points so he wouldn’t get a driving ban.
The deception dates back to March 12, 2003 when Mr Huhne’s car was caught by a speed camera on the M11 near Stansted Airport.
But now he faces a possible jail sentence after today admitting perverting the court of justice. Mr Huhne also announced he will resign as MP for Eastleigh in Hampshire.
The 58-year-old Lib Dem had vehemently denied the claims when he was first charged last February, and repeated the denials in court as recently as last week.
He was represented by John Kelsey-Fry QC, one of the country’s most sought after barristers during the proceedings at Southwark Crown Court.
It is always sad to see anybody’s career ruined. This tragedy was so needless when it was over a driving ban which would have been a one-day wonder in the papers at the time.
But let’s not forget that he was a contender for his party’s leadership when he stood against Nick Clegg in 2007.
It’s another shining example of how “lies” in the media so often turn out to be the truth.
And why we must not allow politicians like Mr Huhne to shackle the Press any more than it already is.
By DAVID WOODING
WE all feared it was the case. Now we KNOW it. Britain is being taxed to the hilt.
A new study shows the coalition has imposed twice as many tax rises as it has given us cuts.
Since the George Osborne became Chancellor, he’s made at least two grabs for our hard-earned cash EVERY WEEK.
In the first analysis of its kind, the government is shown to have enforced or announced 299 separate tax rises. Over the same period, there have been only 119 tax cuts.
This means a net rise of 180 tax rises have been inflicted on the public since May 2010.
The forensic study was carried out by the Taxpayers’ Alliance, who scoured Treasury and HMRC documents.
It found that in the last year of the Labour government, £513billion was paid in taxes – £549billion at today’s prices.
By contrast, the Tory-Lib Dem government plans to squeeze us to the tune of £671billion, a real terms rise of 15 per cent.
Of the 299 rises, 254 have already been implemented and a further 45 are in the pipeline.