If Chris Huhne was trying to improve his popularity with a column blaming his imprisonment on disgraced judge Constance Briscoe, his plan seems to have spectacularly backfired.
The former minister’s name has been trending on Twitter for all the wrong reasons thanks to his article in The Guardian about being “fitted up with fake evidence”.
He publicly denied swapping speeding points with his then wife, Vicky Pryce, for months before eventually admitting the crime and resigning as an MP.
“Although I was guilty, I justified my denial to myself by saying that it was a relatively minor offence committed by 300,000 other people (according to AA polling), that prosecutions should be based on facts not fantasy, and that we would no longer be able to pursue requests for disclosure about Briscoe's wrongdoing,” he wrote.
She colluded with Pryce out of revenge and leaked details of the points swapping, the court heard. She later lied to police about her role and tampered with court documents.
Mr Huhne claimed Briscoe made his divorce, sparked by an affair with his former assistant, “one of the messiest in history”.
Dubbing the saga “the tangled tale of the crooked judge, the criminal cabinet minister and his vengeful wife”, the former Energy Secretary argued that his prosecution was triggered by Briscoe’s false witness statement.
He wrote: “The legal system reached the right conclusions in all three criminal cases, but usually for the wrong reasons. I was prosecuted on the basis of Briscoe's lies.”
The position does not seem to have garnered much sympathy for his political downfall…
Never thought I'd be able to say this, but Chris Huhne has gone down in my estimation— Tom Copley (@tomcopley) May 5, 2014
Oh dear Chris Huhne! The following comes to mind: "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."— James Foster (@JamesEFoster) May 5, 2014
Chris Huhne out of prison on licence, anyone feel if he makes one more nauseating media appearance, he should have that licence taken away?— Ian Stewart (@ianthenoodle) May 5, 2014