It’s been quite a day. The news from Southwark Crown Court this morning was breathtaking.
Having interviewed Chris Huhne with other bloggers when he was striving for the Lib Dem leadership, I found him to be a good Liberal and a clever, well-read man. I campaigned for him.
But today I couldn’t help think of a few things in connection with his sad political demise – which probably qualifies as a “tragedy”, given that it seems to have been brought about by some personal weakness on his part.
The first thing which sprang to my mind was the motto I try to live my life by, repeated many times by my father, who also lived by it:
Honesty is the best policy
The corollary to that being:
Beware your lies will find you out
Also, my grandmother’s admonition springs to mind:
You’re so sharp, you’ll cut yourself one day.
I have also been reminded of the startling paralells between the cases of Chris Huhne and Jonathan Aitken (although without the “simple sword of truth” in the former case).
I recall (as someone who, about ten years ago, was on nine points on my licence) some advice from a good friend:
If you don’t want to lose your licence then don’t break the speed limit.
-Startingly simple advice, but wise all the same. I took it.
But we can all be smug and wise after the event.
What we have here basically is a tragedy which has caused enormous hurt and distress to people close to Chris Huhne, his family.
I have great sympathy for them all. But there are certainly lessons we can all learn here. And many of them are the sorts of lessons we heard from our parents and grandparents.
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* Paul Walter is a Liberal Democrat activist in Newbury and West Berkshire. He is Wednesday Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Liberal Burblings.