In a column that reads like a paperback thriller from the bargain bin of an airport bookshop, disgraced ex-cabinet minister Chris Huhne has said he was imprisoned "on the basis of a lie", even though he admits he was guilty.
The former Lib Dem Energy minister said he was eager to "tell the tangled tale of the crooked judge, the criminal cabinet minister and his vengeful wife" now that barrister and part-time judge Constance Briscoe was imprisoned for lying that she had known about his ex-wife Vicky Pryce having taken his speeding points. Both were jailed for nine months for the offence.
Briscoe was sentenced to 16 months last week for perverting the course of justice.
It was Briscoe's lies, Huhne said, which meant he strung out his 'not guilty' plea for so long, before pleading guilty on the day the trial opened.
"I went on denying guilt and hoping that I could cause the prosecution case to collapse. Nothing encourages a defence like being fitted up with fake evidence," he wrote in his Guardian column.
The gob-smacking column meant that Chris Huhne was one of the UK's top trending topics over the bank holiday weekend, and caused a storm of debate on social media.
There's the simple kind of response:
Can't we just put Chris Huhne back in jail?
— Chris Deerin (@chrisdeerin) May 5, 2014
SHUT UP CHRIS HUHNE
— suzanne moore (@suzanne_moore) May 4, 2014
There's those baffled by the duplicity of a man claiming he shouldn't have been prosecuted for a crime he did actually commit, because someone else happened to be lying as well.
Guardian continues to draw attention to the terrible plight of Chris Huhne, convicted of a crime he did commit http://t.co/3xwolGwepO
— Sarah Ditum (@sarahditum) May 4, 2014
Chris Huhne in brief: "It's so unfair, my only crime was repeatedly breaking the law."
— Primly Stable (@PrimlyStable) May 5, 2014
There were many who thought it was wildly inappropriate to compare Huhne's case to the abysmal care at Mid-Staffs NHS. He wrote there was "a touch of Stafford hospital or Bristol Royal infirmary [about this case], where doctors turned a blind eye to rogue or incompetent colleagues."
In case you haven't seen it, here is Chris Huhne's piece where he says him going to jail is as bad as Mid-Staffs: http://t.co/Z29G6hc1i2
— Willard Foxton (@WillardFoxton) May 5, 2014
Did Chris Huhne really just liken Constance Briscoe case and the legal profession's behaviour to Stafford hospital while on radio five live?
— Tom Parmenter (@TomSkyNews) May 5, 2014
There's some who suspect there could be a hint of the Guardian trolling its readers.
Never thought I'd be able to say this, but Chris Huhne has gone down in my estimation
— Tom Copley (@tomcopley) May 5, 2014
Chris Huhne is rapidly becoming The Guardian's Liz Jones.
— Janice Turner (@VictoriaPeckham) May 5, 2014