Liberal Democrats 'will be prepared unlike Conservatives' says Chris Huhne

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DAVID Cameron has failed to “modernise” the Conservatives , Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne has said.

The former Energy Secretary said the scale of some back-bench rebellions meant the Prime Minister had not properly prepared his party for government.

He also insisted party leader Nick Clegg was “not a quitter” despite claims from some party activists that business Secretary Vince Cable would be more popular in the role.

Mr Huhne was speaking to the Daily Echo in his only interview at the Liberal Democrat party conference in Brighton.

He said: “I don’t think Nick is a quitter. He’s very determined to lead the Lib Dems into the next General Election , I think he sees it as unfinished Business .

“People underestimate Nick if they think he’s just going to fold up his tent and disappear.”

Despite its woes over tuition fees Mr Huhne said his party had “far fewer” problems staying united than their coalition partners.

It was “quite astonishing” that so many Tories refused to back measures like Lords reform, which was in their own manifesto, he said.

“That does suggest to me that David Cameron and George Osborne didn’t prepare the Conservative Party in the same way as, for example, Tony Blair had modernised the Labour Party ahead of 1997, and I think the result of that is that it is more difficult for them to establish party discipline because the whole party is not signed up to the modernisation agenda.”

The Liberal Democrats have pledged to scupper planned boundary changes as revenge for the Tories refusing to back reform of the House of Lords.

Mr Huhne said it was “simply wrong” for the Tories to believe they can have an “a la carte” approach to the deal between the two parties.

And he said the way the proposed boundary changes carved up his Eastleigh seat was “nuts”.

Mr Huhne said he was not in a position to judge whether Mr Clegg’s high-profile apology last week for the broken promise to axe tuition fees was the right thing to do. Polls suggested voters saw it as a sign of weakness, while a musical remix of the video has entered the charts.

He added: “I think it was a brave thing to do. The apology has its place, when mistakes have been made, the public respects people who are big enough to say sorry.”

He said the Lib Dems should be prepared to form a coalition with Labour if it was the largest party following the next General Election.

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11:43am Tue 25 Sep 12

originalsfc says...

You lied to and cheated on your wife................
...and you expect me a stranger to beleive & trust you ?
You lied to and cheated on your wife................ ...and you expect me a stranger to beleive & trust you ? originalsfc
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11:54am Tue 25 Sep 12

localnews says...

so true he said it twice
so true he said it twice localnews
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11:54am Tue 25 Sep 12

MGRA says...

says the MP that still believes in man made global warming... yeh really modern Chris... get back on your penny farthing buddy.
says the MP that still believes in man made global warming... yeh really modern Chris... get back on your penny farthing buddy. MGRA
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12:16pm Tue 25 Sep 12

mack chinnon says...

Dosent matter what he thinks. Hopefully he will be in jail soon.
Dosent matter what he thinks. Hopefully he will be in jail soon. mack chinnon
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12:36pm Tue 25 Sep 12

Paramjit Bahia says...

Lib Dems will be prepared....

Prepared for what, more lies or more fake apologies.

I have always opposed Tories but at least they are honest enough to admit that they are The Nasty Party.

Can anybody ever tell what these slippery slimy unreliable every thing to every man or woman Lib Dem are all about, please?
Lib Dems will be prepared.... Prepared for what, more lies or more fake apologies. I have always opposed Tories but at least they are honest enough to admit that they are The Nasty Party. Can anybody ever tell what these slippery slimy unreliable every thing to every man or woman Lib Dem are all about, please? Paramjit Bahia
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12:39pm Tue 25 Sep 12

Paramjit Bahia says...

MGRA wrote:
says the MP that still believes in man made global warming... yeh really modern Chris... get back on your penny farthing buddy.
Why on penny farthing, he is still allowed to drive isn't he?
[quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: says the MP that still believes in man made global warming... yeh really modern Chris... get back on your penny farthing buddy.[/p][/quote]Why on penny farthing, he is still allowed to drive isn't he? Paramjit Bahia
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1:19pm Tue 25 Sep 12

Georgem says...

MGRA wrote:
says the MP that still believes in man made global warming... yeh really modern Chris... get back on your penny farthing buddy.
Believe whatever cherry-picked "evidence" you like, but there's still a lot of evidence saying humans DO contribute to climate change. It's impossible to say for sure, given that we don't have a second Earth as a control subject, but claiming we are definitely not in any way responsible for it is true stone-age thinking.
[quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: says the MP that still believes in man made global warming... yeh really modern Chris... get back on your penny farthing buddy.[/p][/quote]Believe whatever cherry-picked "evidence" you like, but there's still a lot of evidence saying humans DO contribute to climate change. It's impossible to say for sure, given that we don't have a second Earth as a control subject, but claiming we are definitely not in any way responsible for it is true stone-age thinking. Georgem
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1:56pm Tue 25 Sep 12

MGRA says...

Georgem wrote:
MGRA wrote:
says the MP that still believes in man made global warming... yeh really modern Chris... get back on your penny farthing buddy.
Believe whatever cherry-picked "evidence" you like, but there's still a lot of evidence saying humans DO contribute to climate change. It's impossible to say for sure, given that we don't have a second Earth as a control subject, but claiming we are definitely not in any way responsible for it is true stone-age thinking.
no I do believe we may be contributing to climate change. Thats very different from the idiot who still thinks Mann's hockey stick is valid, that Al Gore knows his stuff ( like northern hemisphere hurricanes rotating clockwise ), the IPCC know their stuff ( himalayan glaciers to vanish by 2035 ), the WWF know their stuff ( polar bears are endangered !! no they are not, they are vunerable ), hurricanes are getting more intense and more frequent ( no actually the opposite is true ) the list goes on........ he lives in cloud cuckoo land and you, me and everyone else are about £1000 a year worse off because of it.
[quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: says the MP that still believes in man made global warming... yeh really modern Chris... get back on your penny farthing buddy.[/p][/quote]Believe whatever cherry-picked "evidence" you like, but there's still a lot of evidence saying humans DO contribute to climate change. It's impossible to say for sure, given that we don't have a second Earth as a control subject, but claiming we are definitely not in any way responsible for it is true stone-age thinking.[/p][/quote]no I do believe we may be contributing to climate change. Thats very different from the idiot who still thinks Mann's hockey stick is valid, that Al Gore knows his stuff ( like northern hemisphere hurricanes rotating clockwise ), the IPCC know their stuff ( himalayan glaciers to vanish by 2035 ), the WWF know their stuff ( polar bears are endangered !! no they are not, they are vunerable ), hurricanes are getting more intense and more frequent ( no actually the opposite is true ) the list goes on........ he lives in cloud cuckoo land and you, me and everyone else are about £1000 a year worse off because of it. MGRA
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2:04pm Tue 25 Sep 12

aldermoorboy says...

Paramjit, about a third of the UK vote Tory. All the Tories I know are decent people, please stop your nasty comments, normally I respect your comments and often find them informative and interesting.
Have a good day.
Paramjit, about a third of the UK vote Tory. All the Tories I know are decent people, please stop your nasty comments, normally I respect your comments and often find them informative and interesting. Have a good day. aldermoorboy
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2:19pm Tue 25 Sep 12

MGRA says...

aldermoorboy wrote:
Paramjit, about a third of the UK vote Tory. All the Tories I know are decent people, please stop your nasty comments, normally I respect your comments and often find them informative and interesting.
Have a good day.
the nasty party ,,, great phrase,,, labour voters were selling T-shirts about dancing on Margaret Thatchers grave. It does not get more nasty than that.
[quote][p][bold]aldermoorboy[/bold] wrote: Paramjit, about a third of the UK vote Tory. All the Tories I know are decent people, please stop your nasty comments, normally I respect your comments and often find them informative and interesting. Have a good day.[/p][/quote]the nasty party ,,, great phrase,,, labour voters were selling T-shirts about dancing on Margaret Thatchers grave. It does not get more nasty than that. MGRA
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2:23pm Tue 25 Sep 12

Lone Ranger. says...

aldermoorboy wrote:
Paramjit, about a third of the UK vote Tory. All the Tories I know are decent people, please stop your nasty comments, normally I respect your comments and often find them informative and interesting.
Have a good day.
Oh you are a bit too sensitive i think.
.
Anyway PB is like that to all parties.
[quote][p][bold]aldermoorboy[/bold] wrote: Paramjit, about a third of the UK vote Tory. All the Tories I know are decent people, please stop your nasty comments, normally I respect your comments and often find them informative and interesting. Have a good day.[/p][/quote]Oh you are a bit too sensitive i think. . Anyway PB is like that to all parties. Lone Ranger.
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2:24pm Tue 25 Sep 12

Lone Ranger. says...

MGRA wrote:
aldermoorboy wrote:
Paramjit, about a third of the UK vote Tory. All the Tories I know are decent people, please stop your nasty comments, normally I respect your comments and often find them informative and interesting.
Have a good day.
the nasty party ,,, great phrase,,, labour voters were selling T-shirts about dancing on Margaret Thatchers grave. It does not get more nasty than that.
Just like aldermoorboy ...... a little too sensitive
[quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]aldermoorboy[/bold] wrote: Paramjit, about a third of the UK vote Tory. All the Tories I know are decent people, please stop your nasty comments, normally I respect your comments and often find them informative and interesting. Have a good day.[/p][/quote]the nasty party ,,, great phrase,,, labour voters were selling T-shirts about dancing on Margaret Thatchers grave. It does not get more nasty than that.[/p][/quote]Just like aldermoorboy ...... a little too sensitive Lone Ranger.
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2:44pm Tue 25 Sep 12

SaintDon13 says...

aldermoorboy wrote:
Paramjit, about a third of the UK vote Tory. All the Tories I know are decent people, please stop your nasty comments, normally I respect your comments and often find them informative and interesting.
Have a good day.
I bet all of those decent Tories are as hacked off with their leaders as the rest of us are!
[quote][p][bold]aldermoorboy[/bold] wrote: Paramjit, about a third of the UK vote Tory. All the Tories I know are decent people, please stop your nasty comments, normally I respect your comments and often find them informative and interesting. Have a good day.[/p][/quote]I bet all of those decent Tories are as hacked off with their leaders as the rest of us are! SaintDon13
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2:49pm Tue 25 Sep 12

MGRA says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
MGRA wrote:
aldermoorboy wrote:
Paramjit, about a third of the UK vote Tory. All the Tories I know are decent people, please stop your nasty comments, normally I respect your comments and often find them informative and interesting.
Have a good day.
the nasty party ,,, great phrase,,, labour voters were selling T-shirts about dancing on Margaret Thatchers grave. It does not get more nasty than that.
Just like aldermoorboy ...... a little too sensitive
its not about sensitivity. its about taste.
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]aldermoorboy[/bold] wrote: Paramjit, about a third of the UK vote Tory. All the Tories I know are decent people, please stop your nasty comments, normally I respect your comments and often find them informative and interesting. Have a good day.[/p][/quote]the nasty party ,,, great phrase,,, labour voters were selling T-shirts about dancing on Margaret Thatchers grave. It does not get more nasty than that.[/p][/quote]Just like aldermoorboy ...... a little too sensitive[/p][/quote]its not about sensitivity. its about taste. MGRA
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2:56pm Tue 25 Sep 12

ohec says...

Lets face it the LibDems are finished they had their chance and blew it, it will be many many years before they get another chance if ever.
As for Mr Huhne he is just a typical example of the lying cheating back stabbing people that us loons are daft enough to believe should be running our country, they are all the same more interested in feathering their own nests than anything else, they have no idea how the average man lives and care even less about what he thinks. For years the world and his wife have been trying to tell our so called leaders what is wrong with our country and would they listen, like hell they would which has led our once great country to the sorry state it is in now. So as far as i am concerned when Chris Huhne goes to jail he can take every MP with him because Mrs Mop would make a better job of running the country.
Lets face it the LibDems are finished they had their chance and blew it, it will be many many years before they get another chance if ever. As for Mr Huhne he is just a typical example of the lying cheating back stabbing people that us loons are daft enough to believe should be running our country, they are all the same more interested in feathering their own nests than anything else, they have no idea how the average man lives and care even less about what he thinks. For years the world and his wife have been trying to tell our so called leaders what is wrong with our country and would they listen, like hell they would which has led our once great country to the sorry state it is in now. So as far as i am concerned when Chris Huhne goes to jail he can take every MP with him because Mrs Mop would make a better job of running the country. ohec
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3:59pm Tue 25 Sep 12

Jonty45 says...

I think that we are all abysmally ungrateful to the Lib-Dooms for coming to save Society as we know it. It is clear from the last few days that without their overwhelming sagacity, foresight and grasp of Realpolitik we would all have vanished down the plughole of eternal political Hell. In view of their immense value we should ignore the fact that currently only 9% of the country would vote for them.(Latest YouGov/The Sun results 24 September - CON 32%, LAB 43%, LD 9%, UKIP 7%) and give the suckers an even break!!!
I think that we are all abysmally ungrateful to the Lib-Dooms for coming to save Society as we know it. It is clear from the last few days that without their overwhelming sagacity, foresight and grasp of Realpolitik we would all have vanished down the plughole of eternal political Hell. In view of their immense value we should ignore the fact that currently only 9% of the country would vote for them.(Latest YouGov/The Sun results 24 September - CON 32%, LAB 43%, LD 9%, UKIP 7%) and give the suckers an even break!!! Jonty45
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4:57pm Tue 25 Sep 12

rightway says...

MGRA wrote:
aldermoorboy wrote: Paramjit, about a third of the UK vote Tory. All the Tories I know are decent people, please stop your nasty comments, normally I respect your comments and often find them informative and interesting. Have a good day.
the nasty party ,,, great phrase,,, labour voters were selling T-shirts about dancing on Margaret Thatchers grave. It does not get more nasty than that.
Do you know if these T-shirts are still for sale.
Just the thought off dancing on the grave of Beelzebub’s daughter has brightened my day, I can’t stop smiling.
[quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]aldermoorboy[/bold] wrote: Paramjit, about a third of the UK vote Tory. All the Tories I know are decent people, please stop your nasty comments, normally I respect your comments and often find them informative and interesting. Have a good day.[/p][/quote]the nasty party ,,, great phrase,,, labour voters were selling T-shirts about dancing on Margaret Thatchers grave. It does not get more nasty than that.[/p][/quote]Do you know if these T-shirts are still for sale. Just the thought off dancing on the grave of Beelzebub’s daughter has brightened my day, I can’t stop smiling. rightway
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10:51pm Tue 25 Sep 12

IronLady2010 says...

I think Chris is being misguided. I was once a Lib Dem voter, they sure lost me. The more he is in the Media the more I go against Lib Dems.

We need a long term government, give Cons a few years and we'll be fine. They just need to be rid of Lib Dems so we can crack on and get things over with.
I think Chris is being misguided. I was once a Lib Dem voter, they sure lost me. The more he is in the Media the more I go against Lib Dems. We need a long term government, give Cons a few years and we'll be fine. They just need to be rid of Lib Dems so we can crack on and get things over with. IronLady2010
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11:02pm Tue 25 Sep 12

MGRA says...

rightway wrote:
MGRA wrote:
aldermoorboy wrote: Paramjit, about a third of the UK vote Tory. All the Tories I know are decent people, please stop your nasty comments, normally I respect your comments and often find them informative and interesting. Have a good day.
the nasty party ,,, great phrase,,, labour voters were selling T-shirts about dancing on Margaret Thatchers grave. It does not get more nasty than that.
Do you know if these T-shirts are still for sale.
Just the thought off dancing on the grave of Beelzebub’s daughter has brightened my day, I can’t stop smiling.
yes because her education system failed you, if she wasn't around back then maybe you could now tell the difference between the words "off" and "of" ... ;-)
[quote][p][bold]rightway[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]aldermoorboy[/bold] wrote: Paramjit, about a third of the UK vote Tory. All the Tories I know are decent people, please stop your nasty comments, normally I respect your comments and often find them informative and interesting. Have a good day.[/p][/quote]the nasty party ,,, great phrase,,, labour voters were selling T-shirts about dancing on Margaret Thatchers grave. It does not get more nasty than that.[/p][/quote]Do you know if these T-shirts are still for sale. Just the thought off dancing on the grave of Beelzebub’s daughter has brightened my day, I can’t stop smiling.[/p][/quote]yes because her education system failed you, if she wasn't around back then maybe you could now tell the difference between the words "off" and "of" ... ;-) MGRA
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9:29am Wed 26 Sep 12

Linesman says...

Paramjit Bahia wrote:
MGRA wrote:
says the MP that still believes in man made global warming... yeh really modern Chris... get back on your penny farthing buddy.
Why on penny farthing, he is still allowed to drive isn't he?
Yes, but not very fast.
[quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: says the MP that still believes in man made global warming... yeh really modern Chris... get back on your penny farthing buddy.[/p][/quote]Why on penny farthing, he is still allowed to drive isn't he?[/p][/quote]Yes, but not very fast. Linesman
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9:33am Wed 26 Sep 12

Linesman says...

Georgem wrote:
MGRA wrote:
says the MP that still believes in man made global warming... yeh really modern Chris... get back on your penny farthing buddy.
Believe whatever cherry-picked "evidence" you like, but there's still a lot of evidence saying humans DO contribute to climate change. It's impossible to say for sure, given that we don't have a second Earth as a control subject, but claiming we are definitely not in any way responsible for it is true stone-age thinking.
There is also evidence that the methane gas produced when cows break wind is a contribution to global warning, so perhaps the LibDems should block the badger cull, and fight the next election on a policy of culling cows.
[quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: says the MP that still believes in man made global warming... yeh really modern Chris... get back on your penny farthing buddy.[/p][/quote]Believe whatever cherry-picked "evidence" you like, but there's still a lot of evidence saying humans DO contribute to climate change. It's impossible to say for sure, given that we don't have a second Earth as a control subject, but claiming we are definitely not in any way responsible for it is true stone-age thinking.[/p][/quote]There is also evidence that the methane gas produced when cows break wind is a contribution to global warning, so perhaps the LibDems should block the badger cull, and fight the next election on a policy of culling cows. Linesman
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9:35am Wed 26 Sep 12

Linesman says...

MGRA wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
MGRA wrote:
aldermoorboy wrote:
Paramjit, about a third of the UK vote Tory. All the Tories I know are decent people, please stop your nasty comments, normally I respect your comments and often find them informative and interesting.
Have a good day.
the nasty party ,,, great phrase,,, labour voters were selling T-shirts about dancing on Margaret Thatchers grave. It does not get more nasty than that.
Just like aldermoorboy ...... a little too sensitive
its not about sensitivity. its about taste.
Like saying to the unemployed, 'On your bike.'
[quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]aldermoorboy[/bold] wrote: Paramjit, about a third of the UK vote Tory. All the Tories I know are decent people, please stop your nasty comments, normally I respect your comments and often find them informative and interesting. Have a good day.[/p][/quote]the nasty party ,,, great phrase,,, labour voters were selling T-shirts about dancing on Margaret Thatchers grave. It does not get more nasty than that.[/p][/quote]Just like aldermoorboy ...... a little too sensitive[/p][/quote]its not about sensitivity. its about taste.[/p][/quote]Like saying to the unemployed, 'On your bike.' Linesman
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3:08pm Wed 26 Sep 12

rightway says...

MGRA wrote:
rightway wrote:
MGRA wrote:
aldermoorboy wrote: Paramjit, about a third of the UK vote Tory. All the Tories I know are decent people, please stop your nasty comments, normally I respect your comments and often find them informative and interesting. Have a good day.
the nasty party ,,, great phrase,,, labour voters were selling T-shirts about dancing on Margaret Thatchers grave. It does not get more nasty than that.
Do you know if these T-shirts are still for sale. Just the thought off dancing on the grave of Beelzebub’s daughter has brightened my day, I can’t stop smiling.
yes because her education system failed you, if she wasn't around back then maybe you could now tell the difference between the words "off" and "of" ... ;-)
And the only thing you can bring to the discussion is to criticise the spelling offf others. Whilst on the subject of grammar, you really should try and start your nasty, small minded comments with a capital letter, that how I was taught at school.
[quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rightway[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]aldermoorboy[/bold] wrote: Paramjit, about a third of the UK vote Tory. All the Tories I know are decent people, please stop your nasty comments, normally I respect your comments and often find them informative and interesting. Have a good day.[/p][/quote]the nasty party ,,, great phrase,,, labour voters were selling T-shirts about dancing on Margaret Thatchers grave. It does not get more nasty than that.[/p][/quote]Do you know if these T-shirts are still for sale. Just the thought off dancing on the grave of Beelzebub’s daughter has brightened my day, I can’t stop smiling.[/p][/quote]yes because her education system failed you, if she wasn't around back then maybe you could now tell the difference between the words "off" and "of" ... ;-)[/p][/quote]And the only thing you can bring to the discussion is to criticise the spelling offf others. Whilst on the subject of grammar, you really should try and start your nasty, small minded comments with a capital letter, that how I was taught at school. rightway
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