|I PLIGHT THEE MY TROTH|
TILL DEATH US DO PART
An epic Greek tragedy, Huhne-v-Pryce, is playing to the whole
Briefly: High flying, posh, public school, politician Chris Huhne MP, tipped to be the next Leader of the Liberal-Democrat Party, in 2003 tripped a road speed camera, incurring 3 more penalty points; was about to lose his driving licence, but instead his loyal wife – top economist Professor Vicky Pryce, of Greek extraction, claimed to be the driver and “took” the penalty points on her clean driving licence; which is a loyal and illegal little lie. Just 3 months later Huhne lost his licence on other traffic offences. Seven years later Minister for the Environment, The Rt. Hon. Chris Huhne MP dumped Vicky for his personal assistant – and it now transpires, had other lovers. Vicky vowed revenge – and via the media and lawyer friends she shopped Chris for lying to the police.
Lying to the police, even over a trivial traffic offence, is a VERY SERIOUS MATTER called Perverting the Course of Justice – tantamount to Perjury or lying in Court, which can carry a life-sentence. It has ruined several prominent British figures. What Vicky in her venomous, vengeful mood failed to consider was that it takes two to tango – if Chris had lied on the traffic forms – then so had she. After a hugely expensive year in court, revealing all the skeletons in their family cupboards and upsetting their children, friends and colleagues – to the continuing delight of the media - ruined and disgraced Chris pleaded guilty to Perverting the Course of Justice; Vicky pleaded “Marital Coercion” – he made me do it your Honour – but was found guilty. They both now wait for their sentences; “Which will almost certainly be custodial (i.e. jail)”.
The other two million Britons who said they would have taken such penalty points to save the licence of a spouse, colleague or friend – are reconsidering their position.
TAX EVASION: The reason I am interested in the case is that it concerns rich, powerful, professional people persistently lying with assumed impunity – until they get caught. Then it becomes very serious as questions are asked about who signed the forms; who signed the certificates; who advised the signing; and who took the oaths.
Just as the two million merry motorists thought it was OK to fiddle the forms – until this case exploded across the front pages – so about 620,000 UK tax non-payers who have shovelled corporate and personal profits and assets to tax-havens and evaded UK taxes, still assume that “Its OK, everybody does it – and they’ll never find-out”.
“You will not be so cocksure, Sir, when you are clutching the bar at the Old Bailey”.