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Chris Huhne makes a Tweet of himself

7 October 2011

Chris Huhne has fallen into the Twitter direct message trap. I’ve done it myself.* When you think you’re privately messaging someone then — horror! — it is broadcast to the world. In
his case "From someone else fine but I do not want my fingerprints on the story C’" He deleted the tweet but — sorry, Chris! — that doesn’t work on Twitter either because you
can be retweeted.

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What’s he up to? As a former Sunday newspaper journalist I have a fair idea. It’s Friday night, 6pm — witching hour for MPs briefing a Sunday hack, with the intention of damaging a colleague
or the government. "From someone else, fine" might well indicate asking the journalist to suggest the leak or quote came from someone else — so he could then deny all knowledge. Of
course, it all may be innocent — he could be referring to newly-washed linen, or freshly-baked cup cakes. Possible, but a bit unlikely.

With the Leveson inquiry is underway, and British press freedom facing its greatest-ever threat, it’s worth remembering Tweets like Huhne. And that our political class so often initiates the
skulduggery they affect to deplore. Damian McBride at least had the nous to do his briefing over a drink in a quiet bar. Anyway, I can’t wait to see what anonymous Cabinet members have to say in
this Sunday’s press.

* In my case, I replied by text to a Twitter DM telling my friend that I couldn’t wait to come home "and see my two gorgeous boys" — i.e. my sons. I didn’t then realise that
replying to Twitter on text sent it out on my general Twitter feed. It led to all types of rude comments.

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  • Baron

    William Blakes Ghost @ 7.51


  • tom jones

    Maybe this was about the Liam Fox thing? 😮

  • Ed P

    Fergus, a very stupid c*** is already known as a hoon (or huhne)

  • fergus pickering

    I like twunt. I think it has legs. I take it that it signifies a VERY stupid c…

  • Occasional Ostrich

    Just think . . . he might have become the LibDump leader.

  • Hexhamgeezer

    He has that quality of making your skin crawl even before he opens his loathsome patrician mouth.

  • EC

    Wot a Twunt!

  • Tarka the Rotter

    And, if reports can be believed, it appears our politicians have been accepting large amounts of licence-payers money from the BBC to sit on talk shows and panel games such as ‘Have I got news for you’… Is there no honey pot their sticky fingers will not go into?

  • Dennis Churchill

    The quality of our political class!—now we see they can’t even plot .Do they have any talents?
    The worst economic outlook for a generation and an over powerful useless political class—we would be better if we paid them to stay at home, as it is we can just hope they don’t make matters worse.

  • Albert Cooper

    He just looks deceitful,would you bu a used car from this man?

  • Howard Somerset

    Is there a bigger arsesole in british politics other than Chris Huhne?

  • paulo anonymous

    All it proves is that The Right HONOURABLE Chris Huhne hasn’t the guts to stab somebody in the chest……

  • startledcod

    Odious: 1. abominable, objectionable, despicable, execrable. (See hateful) 2. loathsome, repellent, repulsive.

    That’s our Chris.

  • toco

    Caught with your trousers down Mr.Huhne and not apparently for the first time.What is even worse is he continues to take taxpayers’ hard earned cash to betray those he claims to regard as colleagues.Wouldn’t like him anywhere near my abode and neither should David or Nick.Good riddance to a disloyal and unpleasant person- as far as public life is concerned the referee has shown him the red card.


    Meanwhile, the CPS appear to be having some difficulty in coming up with a cast iron excuse for not having him charged with perverting the course of justice.

  • Dave

    This man is dreadful… he has to be sacked… he already would have been if he were a Tory

  • Arthur

    Isn’t he in jail yet?

  • Fex Urbis

    How much longer do we have to put with this repulsive man?

  • Wax

    Our political leaders really are a disgusting bunch, the sad thing is they are all the same. We really need root and branch reform of the whole political system & establishment, a little chaos and the opportunity to start over would be nice.

  • WIlliam Blakes Ghost


  • Woody

    What a cesspit journalism/politics is – you are all welcome to each other.

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