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Tory MPs scorn Clegg’s House of Lords reforms – UK Politics, UK – The Independent

Tory MPs scorn Clegg’s House of Lords reforms – UK Politics, UK – The Independent….Cleggs Lords reform misses the point…

Nick Cleggs Lords reform package delivered yesterday in the Commons has been met with resounding crossbench opposition.

More importantly the reforms fail to rectify what I take as the central problem with the Lords. That is its un-elected component. Cleggs reforms would still maintain an appointed element;

His draft Bill proposed a 300-member Lords, with 80 per cent of peers elected and 20 per cent appointed as at present. The 60 appointed members would be independent crossbenchers and the number of Church of England bishops would be reduced from 26 to 12.

No part of our political sytem should be un-elected. It is a Democratic cornerstone that citizens should elect individuals to govern in their interest. If those representatives are appointed then this cornerstone can not be guaranteed.

Momentum against the Lib Dems inside and outside the Commons seems to be growing to the extent that they look discredited, and every flagship policy of theirs looks discredited also. It will be hard for Clegg to make Lords reform a reality.

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Chris Huhne’s estranged wife to testify he asked her to take his speeding points | Mail Online

Chris Huhne’s estranged wife to testify he asked her to take his speeding points | Mail Online. Huhne story limited to right-wing media……

Huhne story predictably leads in the Mail and The Telegraph , with neither offering any new slant.

The Mail claims Pryce is ready to swear on oath. But the quote is paraphrased from an unnamed source;

A close friend said Vicky Pryce would swear in court that she was busy all day in central london when the offence was committed 40 miles away in Essex.

Pretty sloppy, and no real scoop. The story looses traction today.

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Chris Huhne welcomes police inquiry into speeding claim | Politics | The Guardian

Chris Huhne welcomes police inquiry into speeding claim | Politics | The Guardian. Huhne relishing reprieve as Police consider official investigation…..

Chris Huhne is tonight still very much a Cabinet Minister as Essex police decide to launch an inquiry into the speeding allegations and consider an official investigation.

It seems my comment yesterday that it will take more to oust Huhne from the Coalition Cabinet holds true! But the right-wing media is certain to maintain the pressure on Huhne through the story which has grown wings and legs in the national media.

The fact that the speeding allegation took place way back in 2003 is further evidence of the real insignificance of the allegation and shows the consequences of criticising Coalition partners.

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Huhnes career in the balance as police look into speeding claims – UK Politics, UK – The Independent

Huhnes career in the balance as police look into speeding claims – UK Politics, UK – The Independent. Huhne speeding story gathers momentum…

Predictably the story leads in the Telegraph and Mail, but nearly every newspaper and broadcaster is now carrying it.

Odds from Ladbrokes on politicalbetting.com has Huhne at 4/6 to be the next Minister to leave the Cabinet, and 2/1 that he won’t survive the end of the month.

It seems my assertion yesterday was a bit misplaced;

 “Huhne is one of the Liberals best politicians and it will take alot more than this story to oust him from the Coalition”

The first part still holds and I don’t think the Liberals will happily let go of one of their key figures, but Huhne’s position in the Cabinet judging by this mornings coverage seems more untenable by the minute.

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Chris Huhne ‘warned witness to stay silent over speeding offence’ – Telegraph

Chris Huhne ‘warned witness to stay silent over speeding offence’ – Telegraph. – right-wing media attack intensifies on Conservative critic Huhne.

With the story being broken this morning by the right-wing Times newspaper and gaining traction across the right-wing media, could this be Huhne’s comeuppance for anti-Conservative comments during the AV Campaign?

In what is  an insignificant and irrelevant story about driving licence points for speeding, it seems that yet again a vocal critic of Conservative Coalition partners is falling foul of a right-wing media campign whose aim is to discredit and ruin any dissenters.

In the opening sentence of the story reported in the Telegraph it says;

In a secretly recorded telephone conversation, Mr Huhne tells the person – believed to be his ex-wife Vicky Price – it is not “sensible” to discuss the allegations in public.

Of course it wouldn’t. How odd for a high-profile politician to suggest to a family member not to discuss personal matters in public?

We’ve been here before when – using the same tactics – Vince Cable was ‘secretly’ recorded by the Telegraph stating he had “declared war” on News Corporations plans to take over BSkyB.

Huhne is one of the Liberals best politicians and it will take alot more than this story to oust him from the Coalition.

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