In his own words Chris Huhne described AV as ‘an ill-fitting corset attempting to squeeze all the diverse strands of opinion in our society into an inappropriate and deeply uncomfortable shape’. So if he is not a true fan of AV why is he getting so upset during the referendum campaign?
Could it be that Chris Huhne is simply posturing in the media to members of the Liberal Democrat party? I would not be surprised if, after the referendum failure, he challenged Nick Clegg for the leadership once again.
We have to ask if a man whose own campaign coined the name ‘Calamity Clegg’ is really all that concerned about others making personal attacks on Mr Clegg. I think it’s much more likely that, with failure to win the referendum, Mr Huhne sees his chances of saving his parliamentary seat slipping away. If it had not been for tactical voting, which Mr Huhne says he wants to get rid of, he would not even be an MP now.
Prior to the election he pulled out all the stops in his attempt to woo the Labour voters with his left-wing credentials. After the election he abandoned his pledges with unsightly haste in order to secure personal power. Mr Huhne’s only chance of saving his seat at the next general election is either that the Conservatives support him as a coalition candidate, unlikely now, or that the Labour voters forgive him for all his broken promises.
Mr Huhne’s ridiculous outbursts and name-calling is merely an attempt to re-establish his left-wing credentials with the Liberal Democrat party members so that he can become their leader and then either commandeer himself a safe seat or try and con Labour voters in his current constituency to trust him again.
So the question is not if but when Mr Huhne will launch another bid for the Liberal Democrat leadership and is he really so emotionally immature (Nick Clegg’s description) not to realise that nobody, from any side of the political agenda, trusts him anymore.
John Milne is Chairman of Eastleigh Conservative Association