Daily ‘Torygraph’ praise for Chris Huhne

Chris Huhne report 2011

Chris Huhne's latest flyer contains praise from an unlikely source

A leaflet has been distributed in Eastleigh over the weekend which claims that The Daily Telegraph has heaped praise on Chris Huhne for his achievements – while a headline on  todays Telegraph’s front page accuses the Cabinet Minister of trying to smear his Tory colleagues.

Voters in Newtown who have received copies of MP Chris Huhne’s latest ‘annual report’ were startled to read the following fulsome tribute featured inside :

“Chris Huhne has achieved more in a year than most top politicians manage in a lifetime.”

One bemused local contacted Eastleigh to ask:

“Does our MP really believe that he has achieved more in a year than someone like Winston Churchill?”

The quote appears to have been taken from the online blog of  Environmental correspondent Geoffrey Lean who based his assessment on two actions he ascribed to Mr Huhne as Energy Secretary; the government’s pledge  to cut carbon emissions to half 1990 levels by 2025 and the establishment of the  Green Investment Bank.

(In contrast Churchill’s lifetime achievements include serving twice as Prime Minister , receiving a Nobel prize and winning World War Two.)

Geoffrey Lean’s blog appears on the Daily Telegraph website. Despite the praise, in the same article, the author does not seem to rate Mr Huhne’s chance of political survival highly, describing him as “a man with a sword of Damocles hanging over his head”

adding:

“Inevitably, however, Messrs. Cameron and Clegg are having to work out how they will replace him”

Mr Huhne’s report also contains an endorsement from former Tory environment minister John Gummer (now Lord Deben)

“I think Chris Huhne is in many ways the huge unexpected success of this Government”

“He is an extraordinarily good Minister. Government has brought the best out of him”

While Mr Huhne’s leaflet contains praise attributed to the Daily Telegraph, a headline on the front page of today’s issue conveyed a different message:

Chris Huhne caught trying to smear Tory ministers

The story refers to statements Mr Huhne is said to have made regarding Transport Secretary Phil Hammond’s driving record and to allegations that Mr Huhne had tipped off a Guardian journalist about a story Eastleigh News had published highlighting similarities between a speech the Home Secretary had made to party conference and one that Ukip leader Nigel Farage had delivered in Eastleigh as part of a speaking tour.

See also

Eastleigh News 2 August 2011 Top Tory Praises Huhne

Eastleigh News 4 October Farage cat tale snares May

Chris Huhne’s latest Annual report to his constituency on leaflets.org

  7 comments for “Daily ‘Torygraph’ praise for Chris Huhne

  1. October 10, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    I hope THIS leaflet was printed by an Eastleigh firm this time. The last one was printed by a tory town 300 miles away from the area that Mr Huhne is meant to be representing and supporting.?? I take it this one has no pictures of him with his kids and ex wife.!!

  2. PETER STEWART
    October 11, 2011 at 7:39 am

    The article said,

    “Chris Huhne has achieved more in a year than MOST top politicians manage in a lifetime.” (my capitals).

    The article is therefore possibly true. Chris Huhne has indeed probably managed more in one year than most top politicians manage in a lifetime.

    But he has not achieved more in a year than EVERY top politician. But the article does not imply that anyway.

    However it is clear than many readers are allowing their emotions to cloud their judgement.

    Chris Huhne is playing a masterful game. Move after move! Clearly many of you STILL do not see the pieces being laid out on the board. CLUE: The tweet!

    All will become clear in a year, perhaps two. Meanwhile, at this stage, I don’t see why I should spoil the finale, since it will serve my long term strategical interests.

  3. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    October 11, 2011 at 9:10 am

    “Chris Huhne has achieved more in a year than most top politicians manage in a lifetime.’

    There is a level on which that is true.
    He has achieved more headlines.

  4. October 11, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Well he has sad sorry more times than any other MP since coming to power. Thats something I guess.!!

  5. October 11, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    This could all be a prelude to the verdict of the CPS over the ‘alledged’ speeding ticket alledgedly copped on his behalf, by his former partner. Whats the betting that no action will be taken. It makes you wonder about all of this when an Essex police spokesperson, on TV, clearly said that they couldnt understand why a prosecution had not gone ahead. I guess all will be revealed sooner or later.

  6. PETER STEWART
    October 11, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    This could all be a prelude to the verdict of the CPS over the ‘alledged’ speeding ticket alledgedly copped on his behalf, by his former partner. Whats the betting that no action will be taken. It makes you wonder about all of this when an Essex police spokesperson, on TV, clearly said that they couldnt understand why a prosecution had not gone ahead. I guess all will be revealed sooner or later.

    I am willing to bet here on The Eastleigh News, that Chris Huhne will NOT be prosecuted for speeding.

    Firstly the guy is innocent. That is the presumption still in this country, despite the back door implementation of the EU’s Corpus Juris.

    The CPS has decided that the so-called “evidence” against Chris Huhne is “insufficient” to prosecute.

    Just a guess, but I imagine his ex-wife would NOT make a credible witness!

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